2017 Reasons to Believe Alumni Honor Roll

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Role models who give us Reasons to Believe in the power of education

Dr. Latorua J. Chinn

Latorua ChinnWyandotte High School, 1974

Other Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools Attended: Abbott Elementary, Northwest Junior High

Dr. Latorua “Torrie” Chinn is known for taking care of business. This label is fine with the details-oriented person who spends her days reading and reviewing contracts for understandability and to make sure all parties are following the agreements. 

Chinn began working in government contract compliance in 2000 at the Kansas Speedway, where she reviews multi-million dollar contacts.  Her work in the field of government compliance has led to great opportunities in Kansas City, Kansas. 

In 2009, she was appointed the first chairperson of the Unified Government - Wyandotte County, Kansas City, Kansas Contract Fairness Board. Among the responsibilities of the board were to make sure there were locally-owned minority and women business enterprises receiving contracts by the city.

In 2010, she became the principal and founder of Trini-Con-Thel & Beck, LLC, a government contract compliance results company with accounts in the United States and abroad. The company, named in honor of her three sisters, Connie, Thelma and Becky, was started at the urging of her colleagues at the Kansas Speedway. 

Although she has her own company, she still works with the Kansas Speedway on contracts, such as the hotel that will soon connect to the casino in western Wyandotte County.  She is a former director of Career Planning and Job Placement and adjunct professor at Donnelly College and student teacher at Sumner Academy of Arts and Science. 

“It has been a long road to get to where I am today and the pathway there has been filled with meeting a lot of people who have helped me on this incredible journey, she said. A resident of Kansas City, Kansas for her entire life, she encourages others to find their niche and stay in the community. “Make the spot where you are glow,” she is often heard saying to others.

She has served on numerous boards and committees in the Kansas City metropolitan area for more than 40 years. Among those memberships: the Kansas City, Kansas Mayor’s Google Bi-State Playbook Development Team, an ambassador for the Kansas City, Kansas Chamber of Commerce, and the State Avenue Corridor Transit Improvements Advisory Committee. 

She is also the recipient of numerous awards including induction into the Outstanding Young Women of America; Top 50 Most Influential Black Women in Kansas City; Outstanding Women of Distinction Award from Santa Fe Trails Council of Girl Scouts in 1994; Distinguished Service Award from former state of Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius in 2005 and Corporation of the Year award from the Kansas Department of Commerce in 2012.

She has a bachelor’s degree in communications from Emporia (Kansas) State University, a master’s degree in divinity and doctor of ministry degree from Western Baptist Bible College, Kansas City, Missouri. 

What is her advice to students: “Don’t be afraid to spread your wings; learn to listen; learn to do more than is expected and learn patience.”