Who we are.
InnovateHER KC is all about bold innovation, disrupting industries, fostering connections, and championing positive change in Kansas City. We're a diverse group of female, female-identifying, and non-binary femme leaders from various backgrounds – entrepreneurs, politicians, educators, doctors, STEMinists, you name it. We're a community of badasses doing kickass things, united by our commitment to driving radical, positive change in KC through innovative and equitable leadership
Our mission is to provide an inclusive, welcoming space with low barriers to entry so that leaders from all walks of life can access the support and community they need to thrive. From entrepreneurs and community advocates to educators and corporate leaders, our members span a wide range of backgrounds and industries. Join us as we work together to make a lasting impact on the economic and cultural progress of our communities.
We don't do business cards.
At InnovateHER KC, we build real, meaningful, and authentic relationships by providing a platform that fosters friendship and support within our member community.
We champion those we know and care about and provide our members with opportunities to connect without pressure or an agenda - just real, meaningful connection.
Professional and Social Development
We believe learning is a key component of growth. To answer the most pressing questions around current social issues, we develop events and programs that spark conversations between our members.
We embrace storytelling and view it a crucial element of our work, enabling us to showcase the brilliant work our members do and increase access to customers, fans, and mentors to help them grow.
We build and maintain resources designed to help our members thrive, including a speaker directory, local woman author list, media outreach databank, women-led business directory and more!
We create touch-points for our members to connect with those who have been where they are before - and are eager to share their experiences.
Our members transcend industry and background, coming from all walks of life and professions. We activate, elevate and encourage female and other marginalized leaders across Kansas City through supportive community, connections, championship, and mentorship to deliver an environment that brings bonging, growth, and respect to our members.
Founder & CEO
Lauren began her career in operational management roles working for large corporations in her hometown of Saint Louis, MO. As her career progressed, she found herself working in the industries of aerospace, automotive, and IT. It was in these roles that she experienced a first taste of the inequities women frequently experience in the workplace.
Today, Lauren Conaway serves as an advocate for women as the founder and CEO of InnovateHER KC, a leadership community that serves diverse women and individuals from marginalized gender groups. Through InnovateHER KC, and as co-host of the Startup Hustle Podcast, Lauren makes it her mission to amplify, elevate and celebrate badass women doing kickass things in Kansas City, facilitating space for leadership development, a supportive network, resource sharing and mentorship for members.