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Woman bundles, CEO, consulting management, motherhood all into one

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She's on numerous charity boards, has a husband and three children and she runs her own company.

Denise Kruse's success didn't come overnight, but she said the bumps along the way only make it that much sweeter.

Kruse is an accomplished woman with more than 25 years of experience in consulting management and business development. She's also the CEO of Overland Park-based firm AdamsGabbert.

"I'm waiting for the day to say 'wow, I really made it.' Because there's always more that we want with our organization," she said.

She took over the company two years ago. She is on many boards, is a frequent public speaker and is passionate about serving her community.

"I always say, ‘I do believe you can have it all.' I just don't believe you can have it all at the same time, so you need to pick, right now, what is your priority," Kruse said.

Her career has always been a priority as she worked her way up the corporate ladder, but it's being a mother that's at the very top. Kruse has two daughters and a third she raised for a friend who passed away.

"Above all I love them more than anything and I love the grandsons, and if ever that was a choice, that would be my choice. It would be my family," she said.

Kruse's is a close family that was made much closer by the early days. When the girls were young, Kruse divorced, money was tight and she feared the demands of her job might keep the girls from outside-school activities.

"Every Sunday I would call. I would set up a carpool for both girls for morning and evening to get them to all their activities. Both were cheerleaders in high school, both were gymnasts, both were very active. So I set up carpools for everything, every day, every week," she said.

Kruse has been a role model for her girls who are now enjoying the start of their own families. She has also married and is in a good place, both at home and at the office.

"In the business community, in the world that we live in, let's face it, how many CEO's of major corporations in Kansas City are women?" she said. "I think if you come to the table with the right ideas, the right questions and you bring value in the room, I have found doors open all over."

While women like Kruse make great mentors for young women, she says several men also mentored her along the way.

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