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work that I used in my work to
transform organizations, many
of whom were in trouble or were
undergoing significant change,"
she said. "The framework was executed using a lot of spreadsheets,
which made the process unpleasant and difficult to sustain. I spent
several years leading technology
organizations, and I was convinced that the strategic planning
process could be transformed using a technology-based approach.
We were off and running with a
product unlike anything in the
market."
The company recently
launched new strategic planning
and organizational performance
management software, Ascend.
"The Ascend software transforms typical organizational
planning cycles to an approach
that embeds planning into daily
operational functions," Knox said.
"This creates a strategic planning
process that is virtually effortless and allows the organization
to spend less time planning and
more time executing the most
critical priorities."
Today, Stratex Solutions serves
a variety of clients, from the City
of Kansas City, Missouri, to the
University of Miami Health
System. And Knox leads the way
as the CEO.
"I love working with our
clients to facilitate change that
results in dramatically improved
bottom-line results," Knox said. "I
can't imagine doing anything else.
I believe it all started with a good
education."

Johns recalls the campus feeling
"incredibly welcoming to everyone."
"You didn't feel as if you were
getting lost in the crowd. We were
excited for the adventure and knew
Baker was a safe place," she said. "I
guess when I think of Baker, it goes
beyond the place; it's the people."
Her faith is a prominent part of
the other books she hopes to publish
one day.
"I didn't publish for me. I published to glorify God," Johns said. "I
was just waiting on God's timing."
Johns was also waiting on her
illustrator, Emily Springer. Springer is
a family friend and has her own impressive work experience. She works
for DreamWorks Animation, and has
worked on Trolls and The Boss Baby.
When Springer was ready to partner
with Johns, the two worked on and
off from 2014 to 2017 to bring their
visions to print. They did their own
research about publishing by reading books and exploring the internet. Their entrepreneurial journey
included gathering advice from Steve
Johns and from Emily's father, both
of whom have developed successful
careers in business.

Becky placed the order to
self-publish the book in October 2018
and received her first shipment in
July 2018. The book is sold through
Instagram, Facebook, Amazon, and
her website, GodMadeMeWashable.
com. Becky offers the promotion
code "Baker" for free shipping. Additionally, if people ask for Becky's
autograph in the comments section
of the order form, she will sign it before it's shipped. She also welcomes
requests to visit and read her book at
schools and churches.
"I know that there are a lot of
colleges and universities out there
that are not freshman friendly. The
professors don't know or even care
if you go to class or how you are
doing. I feel Baker does. They ask
about you and even text or call to see
if you're OK. They know when you
are there and when you are not. I
think this is important stuff," Johns
said. "If it wasn't for Dr. Peggy Harris,
Dr. Merrie (Crawford) Skaggs, '67,
and Dr. Lowell Gish, I may not have
had the confidence to step out of my
comfort zone and write a children's
book. I knew they cared and were in
my corner."

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