Celebrating Achievement


Thursday, April 22, 2021

Join us for the 77th Annual Achievement Day Celebration!
7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Virtual program featuring special guests and music
 

Featured Speakers

We'll chat with several Kansas City influencers about what's on the horizon for our community, and some Jewell student achievers will share their vision for the future.

 

Citation for Achievement Honorees

We are proud to present four accomplished William Jewell graduates with the 2021 Citation for Achievement at the Achievement Day Dinner.

Dimple Dhabalia portraitDhimble Dhabalia, ’97
Senior Advisor for Workforce Enrichment, Refugee, Asylum, and International Operations (RAIO) / U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
Founder and CEO, Roots in the Clouds
Washington, D.C.

 

 

 

Mike Frazier portraitMike Frazier, ’86
President and CEO, ReeceNichols Realtors, Inc.
Kansas City

 

 

 

Calvin Whitehouse portraitCalvin Osborne, ’85
Associate Director, Office of Federal & Regional Affairs
Executive Office of the Mayor of Washington, D.C.

 

 

 

Jim Richerson portrait.jpgJim Richerson, ’90
President, The PGA of America
Senior Vice President of Operations, Troon

 

 

“Every year William Jewell College produces hundreds of qualified graduates and engaged citizens who make Kansas City their home. We hope you will join us in supporting these students and the College. ”

Corporate Sponsor Committee Co-Chairs Tyler Griffin, '01, and Darren Prenger, '03

Event Details

  • Event Leadership

    Corporate Sponsorship Committee Co-Chairs:
    Tyler Griffin, ’01, and Darren Prenger, ’03

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  • Tickets

    • Individual Patron Tickets: $150. Includes one ticket to the virtual event.
    • Individual Ambassador Tickets: $250. Includes one ticket to the virtual event and a listing in the program.

    Purchase your tickets today.

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Sponsorship Opportunities

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  • Presenting Sponsor – $25,000

    • Prominent Recognition in Event Invitation Emails and Virtual Program including Video Message
    • Prominent Recognition in Event Publicity
    • Premium Wine and Catered Dinner for 8
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  • Grand Underwriter – $15,000

    • Prominent Recognition in Event Invitation Emails and Virtual Program
    • Prominent Recognition in Event Publicity
    • Premium Wine and Catered Dinner for 8
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  • Underwriter – $10,000

    • Prominent Recognition in Event Invitation Emails and Virtual Program
    • Prominent Recognition in Event Publicity
    • Premium Wine and Catered Dinner for 8
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  • Celebration Sponsor – $7,500

    • Prominent Recognition in Event Invitation Emails and Virtual Program
    • Recognition in Event Publicity
    • Premium Wine and Catered Dinner for 8
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  • Benefactor Sponsor – $5,000

    • Recognition in Event Invitation Emails and Virtual Program
    • Premium Wine and Charcuterie for 8
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  • Ambassador Sponsor – $2,500

    • Recognition in Event Invitation Emails and Virtual Program
    • Wine and Charcuterie for 8
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  • Scholars Sponsor – $1,000

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More about our Honorees

Read the bios for this year's distinguished Citation for Achievement honorees.

  • Dimple Dhabalia, ’97

    For 20 years, Dimple Dhabalia has worked at the crossroads of the government and humanitarian sectors with a focus on asylum- and refugee-related policies and operations. She began her role as a senior advisor to the Refugee Asylum and International Operations Directorate (RAIO) in 2016. Since beginning her federal career as an asylum officer in 2004, Dhabalia has served in a variety of positions with RAIO at both the field and headquarters levels, working and living in more than 40 countries. Her work is now focused in Washington, D.C.

    As a result of her own experiences with compassion, burnout and secondary trauma from working with vulnerable populations, Dhabalia launched RAIO Thrive in 2017 to provide the workforce with tools and resources to create a culture of resilience, support greater work/life harmony and move from surviving to thriving. She also is founder of Roots in the Clouds, offering coaching, training and workshops to ensure the mental and physical well-being of leaders and organizations. Prior to joining the federal government, Dhabalia worked as an assistant attorney general representing the Department of Human Services at the Colorado Attorney General’s Office.

    She was an Oxbridge Institutions and Policy major at Jewell, studying economics, philosophy and politics during her year at Oxford University, and earned a juris doctor from the University of Denver College of Law. She also holds a Certification in Applied Positive Psychology and is an ICF Associate Certified Coach (ACC) as well as a Certified Mindfulness, Performance Enhancement, Awareness and Knowledge (mPEAK) Facilitator.

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  • Mike Frazier, ’86

    Mike Frazier assumed the role of CEO and president of ReeceNichols Realtors Inc. in 2018, seven months after he was named president and CFO. He guides the strategy and vision for the largest residential real estate company in Kansas and Missouri with a team of more than 3,000 agents and 250 employees. Frazier joined ReeceNichols in 2007 as CFO and COO. During his tenure, ReeceNichols has expanded geographically in Kansas City and southern Missouri and has grown in market share.

    Frazier began his career in banking, then spent 15 years with Hallmark, including CFO of Crown Center Redevelopment real estate division. In that role, he was responsible for daily operations of retail, two hotels and nine office buildings. For the past 10 years, he has served on the board of the Down Syndrome Guild of Greater Kansas City and currently is president.

    At Jewell, Frazier studied accounting. He was a two-year member of the Cardinal Basketball team and was a member and president of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity.

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  • Calvin Osborne, ’85

    Most of Calvin Osborne’s career has been focused as a senior legal and regulatory professional for government organizations. In 2018, he was named associate director in the Office of Federal and Regional Affairs in the Executive Office of the Mayor of Washington, D.C. He is senior advisor to the mayor, proposes and negotiates language for bills introduced in both chambers of Congress, and serves as chief lobbyist for the mayor on land transactions and transportation infrastructure issues.

    He previously spent 10 years with the Federal Communications Commission, hired as a senior attorney then promoted to associate director in the Office of Communications Business Opportunities. He led a team of 10 attorneys and administrative staff in promoting competition and opportunities on behalf of small telecommunications businesses. Earlier in his career, he served as counsel in the District of Columbia Public Service Commission and at the FDIC.

    After studying business administration and management at Jewell, Osborne completed his juris doctor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. The lifelong learner is currently pursuing a certificate in real estate investment and a master’s degree in management, both through Harvard University Extension.

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  • Jim Richerson, ’90

    Jim Richerson was elected president of The PGA of America (Professional Golfers’ Association) in October 2020 following his election as vice president in 2018. A member of the PGA Board of Directors from 2013-2015, representing District 6, Richerson also served on the Wisconsin PGA Section as an officer and board member. In addition, he was chair of the Wisconsin Education Committee and a board member of the Wisconsin State Golf Association, and was named the 2013 and 2016 Wisconsin PGA Golf Professional of the Year Award, among other recognitions.

    Richerson is also senior vice president of operations for Troon, a golf course management company serving 470 golf courses with properties located in 30 countries. Previous to his work at Troon, he served as Kohler Company's general manager and director of golf for more than 11 years, overseeing the operations at Whistling Straits and Blackwolf Run in Wisconsin and The Duke’s Course in St. Andrews, Scotland. Richerson also played an integral role for Kohler Properties in conducting major golf championships. He was an Executive Committee member of the 2007 U.S. Senior Open, the 2010 PGA Championship, the 2012 U.S. Women’s Open (where he also served as the General Chair), and the 2015 PGA Championship. He spent the first 18 years of his career affiliated with the Marriott and Ritz-Carlton Hotel & Golf Corporation, holding various management and executive positions at golf properties in six states.

    At Jewell, Richerson was a communication major and a member of Kappa Alpha fraternity. He played football for two years and was a four-year letterman and captain of the golf team.

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