KRPA 2017 Keynote Speakers

Dayton Moore

Dayton Moore begins his 10th full season with the Kansas City Royals, being named Senior Vice President-Baseball Operations/General Manager on May 30, 2006. He officially assumed his duties, becoming the sixth general manager in franchise history, on June 8, 2006.

From day one, the goal Moore set out to accomplish was bringing a World Championship back to Kansas City, a dream that was brought to fruition in 2015. The Royals bested the New York Mets in five games to win the franchise's first World Series championship in 30 years. The club became just the fourth since 2000 to reach the Fall Classic in back-to-back seasons after coming up just short of a title in 2014.

The 2015 season was one for the ages as Kansas City stormed to its first American League Central crown, winning an A.L.-best 95 games, which was their highest total since 1980. The club became just the second in Major League history to improve its win total in six-straight seasons. Along the way, the Royals set records in attendance, drawing 2.7 million fans to their 81 home games; local television viewership, recording an MLB-best 12.3 household rating during the 2015 season; and All-Star selections, sending seven players to the Midsummer Classic in Cincinnati, including four position players who were named starters.

For his part in the success during the 2015 season, Moore was named the Esurance MLB Award for the Best Executive. It marked the second-straight season that the Royals' GM earned the honor.

Moore's tenure in Kansas City has been one of the most successful runs in franchise history as the Royals have boasted 12 Rawlings Gold Glove Awards, 20 All-Star Game selections, two Louisville Silver Sluggers and a Cy Young Award winner in his first 10 seasons. Over the past three seasons, the Royals have won more games (270) than any other American League club, while their .556 winning percentage is fourth-highest in the Majors in that span.

Moore, a native of Wichita, Kan., brought an impressive resume to the Royals in 2006. He had previously worked for the Atlanta Braves organization since 1994, most recently serving as Assistant General Manager/Baseball Operations since August, 2005.

Prior to his tenure as assistant general manager with Atlanta, Moore served three years as Director of Player Personnel where he was responsible for overseeing all aspects of scouting and player development.

Prior to joining the Braves organization, Moore served as an assistant baseball coach at George Mason University from 1990-94. While working on a graduate degree at GMU, Moore also managed the Winchester Royals of the Shenandoah Valley League from 1991-93.

A leader in the Kansas City community, Moore is a regular speaker at numerous community events each year. In 2013, Moore started the "C" You In the Major Leagues Foundation. It was created to support youth baseball, education, families in crisis and faith-based programs and organizations.

Moore was a member of the Board of Directors of the NAIA's Champions of Character program from 2007-10. The program instills an understanding of character values in sport and provides practical tools for student-athletes, coaches and parents to use in modeling exemplary character traits. Following the 2014 season, Moore was named the Kansan of the Year by the Native Sons and Daughters of Kansas, elected to the Kansas Baseball Hall of Fame and tabbed the Alumnus of the Year at George Mason University. He was also named the "Executive of the Year" by the Kansas City Sports Commission.

Moore and his wife, Marianne, are proud to be involved with the City Union Mission of Kansas City including their service as co-chairs of the Women Who've Changed the Heart of the City banquet in 2011 and 2012.

Moore graduated from George Mason in 1989 with a degree in physical education and health. Three years later, he earned his master's degree in athletic administration from GMU. He and his wife, Marianne, reside in Leawood, Kan., and have two daughters, Ashley and Avery, and a son, Robert.

Cindy Olson

Cindy Olson began her career at Koch Industries and then became an auditor with Pizza Hut.  She went on to work for Inter North in Omaha, Nebraska, which later became Enron where she ultimately progressed to the Executive Committee of the Fortune 7 Company.  Olson, uniquely lived both the creation and the demise of Enron. Ultimately serving on the company’s 20 person Executive Committee.
  Olson held the position of Executive Vice President of Global Human Resources and Community Relations when the company filed for bankruptcy in 2001. She was responsible for helping Enron become Fortune’s 22nd best company to work for and driving Enron’s innovative culture which led to Enron being the first company to be named Fortune’s most Innovative Company 6 years in a row.  After the Enron bankruptcy she was the first Executive to testify before the United States Senate and United States House.

Following Enron’s demise, Olson co-founded the creation of an Index used to predict sustainable corporate performance and formed a company that consults with Executives who are committed to creating a Culture of Innovation.  She authored the only book written by a top Enron Executive, “The Whole Truth so Help Me God” that describes the “real Enron” from a true Insiders point of view and gives an insider’s account of both the rise and fall of Enron and the lessons learned from both.  “There are many lessons that can be learned from a company that was so great and fell so quickly” she explains.  In all of her keynotes she takes the audience through the transformation of Enron into one of the greatest business successes in recent history and the events that led to its collapse. What happened to Enron can happen to any company and all leaders should want to understand how they can prevent such a devastating outcome” 

In her current role as Chief Human Capital Transformation Strategist for Choice Solutions she is able to bring all of her past experiences together to help business leaders not only create and maintain a Values Based, Innovative and Risk Aware Culture but to highlight how tightly linked a business’s success is to forward looking adoption of emerging technologies. Her vast Human Capital experience both as the head of a Global Human Resources organization and also as a transformational leader in many other organizational areas gives her the expertise to help leadership teams transform their business.

As Digitization specialists, Choice creates technology solutions that enables mobility, automates business processes, and secures your most sensitive information to empower people and power business Innovation.   Choice also helps navigate the transformation of the organization’s complex and fast changing IT organization by understanding the “Innovators and Disruptors” in the technology world and the transformational leadership expertise essential for an organization’s success.

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