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Rolly Dessert, a 1972 graduate of the United States Military Academy, holds a Master of Arts in International Relations from the University of Denver. He served in the U.S. Army for twenty-eight years, providing leadership to Soldiers from platoon to brigade level. He brings to bear 40 plus years of professional experience from government, industry, and not-for-profit sectors in assisting executives with their most demanding challenges. He has a certification as a Project Management Professional (PMPTM) from the Project Management Institute. He served as a Senior Associate for Booz Allen Hamilton, managing programs for the Army's Combined Arms Center and the Future Warfare Study. He helped establish the Booz Allen Center for the Application of Design (CAD). In that capacity Rolly led a program that delivered more than 80 workshops to clients in the Department of Defense and the Australian Defence Force from 2007-2011.
Scott Weaver is an accomplished leader and educator with over 15 years of success in organizational leadership, global program and project management, strategic analysis and operational planning in organizations ranging up to 125K employees and $12B in budget.
He is a retired Army combat veteran who served as an infantry officer, scholar and strategist. His strategic-level assignments focused on Southwest Asia and Europe. He served nine years on the faculties of the Army's three degree-granting institutions: the U.S. Military Academy, the U.S. Army Command & General Staff College, and the U.S. Army War College.
At the Army's Installation Management Command, Scott led five business divisions and 162 personnel in supervising 16 related programs ($7B annual budget), supporting 74 city managers across the globe. At the Army Command & General Staff College, he directed the development and delivery of graduate-level education for over 6,000 U.S. and foreign mid-level leaders. As a strategist at U.S. Central Command, U.S. Embassy-Baghdad and the Army War College, Scott led the development and delivery of key strategic analyses, operational plans and policy products that supported U.S. national aims in Iraq, Afghanistan and Southwest Asia.
Following retirement from the Army in 2014 with the rank of Colonel, he became a Scouting professional with the Boy Scouts of America in Kansas City. In 2017, he became the president and lead consultant of GCEG GROUP LLC.
Scott is current chapter president, Greater KC Chapter of the Association of the United States Army; a member of the Rotary Club of Kansas City Plaza; a Westwood, Kansas planning commissioner; and continues to volunteer with the Heart of America Council, Boy Scouts of America.
His education includes a Bachelor of Science from the U.S. Military Academy, a Master of Business Administration from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, a Master of Arts from the University of Iowa, a Master's in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College, and a Master's in Military Arts and Sciences from the School of Advanced Military Studies at the U.S. Army Command & General Staff College.
Diane Wilhelm is an award-winning Senior Executive who leverages broad-based operational expertise and keen business acumen to drive revenue, grow market share, and enhance competitive advantage, corporate value and operational excellence. She is noted for delivering visionary leadership in operations and new product development with a relentless commitment to continuous improvement across the manufacturing and product development value stream.
Working in tandem with product engineering Diane and her team lead the development and launch of new product programs for manufacturing affecting six production facilities worldwide. She has served in several leadership roles at Harley-Davidson over the last 18 years, following a successful career at General Motors. Prior to entering the private sector, she formed the foundation of her leadership expertise while serving 11 years active duty with the U.S. Army.
Diane holds a Bachelor of Science degree (General Engineering) from the United States Military Academy at West Point, and a Master of Business Administration degree from Baker University, Baldwin, Kansas. She is a certified PMP (Project Management Professional) and received the 2017 STEP Ahead Award from the Manufacturing Institute and is a frequent public speaker in support of leadership and STEM.
She has a heart for service which is why she served in the Armed Forces and remains actively engaged in three non-profit organizations. Diane is the President of the Board of Hospital Hill Run, a local to Kansas City non-profit that supports health and wellness in the area via a series of races occurring the first weekend of June each year, resulting in a $25k grant to local charities. She further serves on the Advisory Council of the national non-profit organization, Soldiers' Angels, focused on serving veterans as well as deployed active duty military and their families. Lastly, she is an avid runner with many marathons under her belt which she leverages to support Team World Vision, bringing clean water sources to families in Africa.
She is the proud mother of two strong, independent young women; the youngest a freshman at the University of Arkansas and the oldest a successful advertising professional. When not working or serving on one of her three non-profit interests, Diane can be found training for her next marathon, blogging in support of her book, Bold Moves: Diary of a First Time Marathoner, or spending time with Patrick, her best friend and soulmate of over 21 years.