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Our Mission:

HEMP is dedicated to strengthening entrepreneurial leaders through excellence in mentoring.

The Helzberg Entrepreneurial Mentoring Program (HEMP) was founded in 1995 by Barnett Helzberg, Jr., former owner and President of Helzberg Diamonds. Inspired by his twenty-three year mentoring relationship with Ewing Kauffman, HEMP matches seasoned, successful entrepreneur mentors with less-experienced entrepreneur mentees. Considerable mentoring is also fostered through peer-to-peer relationships derived from involvement through HEMP.

Components of the program include a one-on-one mentoring relationship, networking opportunities with peers and veteran business owners, exposure to mentoring skills that can be applied to any professional or personal situation, business educations discussing greatest successes and lessons learned from peers and top CEOs in the community, and field trips to locations of entrepreneurial interest within the Kansas City area.

Board of Directors

Barnett Helzberg, Jr. | Chairman
Chuck Hoffman | Vice Chairman
Bill Hartnett | President
Dave Perky | Finance Chair
Tracy Lockton | Mentor Chair
Austin Bickford | Marketing Chair
Skuli Gudmundsson | Pay It Forward Chair
Gary Short | Mentee Chair
Quentin McArthur | Fellows Chair
Will Polese | Programs Chair
Kyle Van Goethem | Recruitment Chair
Walt Rychlewski | Innovation & Historical Perspective Chair

Managing Director

Christina Dreiling
816.471.HEMP (4367)

Executive Assistant

Maggie Johnson

Marketing Coordinator

Haley Young