The Team2019-04-01T11:13:09-06:00

The Team

Sarah Shipley, CEO

Sarah is an award-winning consultant with a love for all things civic. In 2008, she left K Street for KC and has not looked back. With over 20 years of experience in marketing, communications and public relations, she finds product market fits for a number of high-profile clients and leads marketing strategy and outreach efforts on many education and infrastructure projects. A lifelong learner, she has earned degrees from Bradley University (BS), the University of Oklahoma (MA), and an MBA from Washington University in St. Louis. In 2017 she was named a Top Connector in KC by the Kauffman Foundation and is Chairwoman of the Kansas City Startup Foundation. She received the Kansas City Ambassador Award from Washington University in St. Louis. From designing charrettes to crisis communications strategies, her nimble teams create meaningful and measurable campaigns that have an impact on the client and the community.

Garima Bhandari

Garima left the world of finance and is fully immersed in communications and PR. She works closely with Shipley Communications on marketing research, data management, communications systems and recently won a Philly Award for her efforts. With an M.B.A. from Asia Pacific Institute of Management, New Delhi, India and a Masters of Marketing and Communication from the University of South Carolina, U.S.A. Garima is comfortable writing technical briefs, creating communications systems for efficient workflow, writing press releases and social media strategy. She is an organizational wizard and her relentless research into users, data, workflow, and systems make her a perfect fit for landscape analysis and product design.

Irvin Gray

Irvin Gray is our business consultant. He loves strategy. Irvin is a government contracts attorney with significant leadership experience in the U.S. Navy, U.S. State Department, and a U.S. President’s commission on weapons of mass destruction. Self-funded JD at the #1 government contracts law school. Self-funded MBA at #2 Executive MBA program. Presidential Management Fellow (PMF) Finalist in 2009. Certified Federal Contracts Manager since 2011. He is an expert with CBCA, GAO, Court of Federal Claims, Bid Protests, Construction Lawyer, ASBCA, Request for Equitable Adjustment, Public Contracts, Public Procurement, Government Contracts, JD/MBA.