Mayor2-accentsJoplin Mayor Melodee Colbert-Kean will be the featured speaker at Commencement exercises at Missouri Southern State University on Saturday, May 11.

Two ceremonies will take place.  The first, scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m. will be for the School of Arts & Sciences and School of Health Sciences, Public Safety and  Technology.

The second ceremony, scheduled to begin at 12 noon, will be for the Robert W. Plaster School of Business and the School of Education.

Mayor Colbert-Kean is president of Prayerful Portions,LLC, a small business consulting firm. She and her husband, William Kean, Jr., assist small businesses with income growth strategies and sustainable operations.

She is also a Licensed Realtor with Charles Burt Realtors.

As an elected official since April 2006, Mayor Colbert-Kean is committed to community and civic services.

She has been instrumental in ensuring Joplin is represented on the federal level by being an active board member of the National League of Cities, an organization which advocates and promotes cities agendas to White House Administration and congressional reps.

Mayor Colbert-Kean serves on the Missouri Municipal Leagues Economic Development & Human Resources Board and is also a Governors Appointee to the Missouri Women’s Council, which assists women interested in starting a business, as well as being a resource for those already running a business.

She also serves the educational sector by being on the Missouri Southern State University Robert W. Plaster School of Business Advisory Board, helping to develop policy and program initiatives to grow the business school. As VP of Joplin Metro Credit Union Board, a member of the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce Board, the N.A.A.C.P Joplin Branch, the Discover Downtown Alliance and VP of the Joplin Emancipation Committee, she remains focused on growing the economic environment and developing the cultural and arts entertainment offerings in Joplin.

A graduate of Missouri Southern State University with a Marketing Degree, Mayor Colbert-Kean’s career experience includes managerial and business development, negotiations, retail management, budgeting, customer service, leadership and motivational speaking.

 A lifelong Joplin resident, she and her husband William Kean Jr., have two daughters in college, a son in the Marine Corps, and a daughter in first grade. She is a member of Unity Missionary Baptist Church serving as Assistant Recording Secretary.