Building Relationships that Inspire Trust


As professionals who collaborate with others on a regular basis, our survival is contingent upon our ability to form trusting relationships with leaders, partners, peers, direct reports, and clients. Without trust, we cannot be successful in influencing the organizations and people we serve. During this multimedia-driven keynote, attendees will explore the psychology around how and why human beings offer or withhold trust.

Attendees will learn

  • First impressions must be on point.
  • Body language and tone really do matter.
  • Others must feel it is about them and you have their best interests at heart.

About your speaker

Mike Allison, MPA

Mike Allison is a professor and Bloch Executive Education instructor within the Henry W. Bloch School of Management at UMKC. In that capacity, he teaches EMBA courses on global management and influence and persuasion. He also instructs business leaders on diverse topics such as change management, emotional intelligence, holding difficult conversations, advanced presentation techniques, building trust, and executive presence.

Mike also serves as a leadership coach for numerous organizations across the Kansas City-area. As a coach, Mike’s focus is on developing key leadership skills, enhancing teambuilding, identifying and optimizing key strengths, and providing a plan to address development opportunities.

Prior to his current academic and coaching focus, Mike accrued nearly 20 years of healthcare IT leadership experience working at Cerner Corporation. While at Cerner, he held executive responsibilities within both the client and associate learning organizations. His award-winning learning teams, many of which were internationally based, provided practical and effective end-to-end learning solutions to Cerner clients and associates around the world.

Mike also spent a year as the Vice President of Learning & Development at AMC Theatres. There, he led a team of learning professionals who focused on building, supporting, and retaining talent across multiple guest-facing brands.