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Employment Conference Paints Vision for Individuals Served

By: Bill Loop, Work Products Specialist

An employment-minded, small group from Futures Unlimited attended the South Central Kansas Employment 1st Summit in El Dorado at Butler Community College Welcome Center last Friday. About 200 participants and support staff attended the event, along with various venders in booths, dispensing educational information about employment, programs, and benefits.

The all-day event featured several keynote speakers who addressed the entire audience about changing their perceptions about employment, and how to chart a “Life Course” framework to simplify life and employment goals.

Between keynote speakers, numerous breakout sessions occurred. Presenters spoke with small groups about self-advocacy and different state programs that help with acquiring employment and maintaining benefits.

The day ended with motivational speaker Dan Meers, who is the Kansas City Chiefs mascot – the K.C. Wolf.

In 2013, Meers came within inches of losing his life while practicing a bungee jump/zip line stunt. He plummeted 75 feet before crashing into the stadium seats at Arrowhead Stadium.

Meers preaches about living every day to its fullest, and being a good leader. He was selected as the first NFL mascot inducted into the Mascot Hall of Fame. 

Meers smiled as he closed the speech with, “Scars are just tattoos that come with a cool story.”


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