Teddi Hernandez

Teddi is our co-founder. Her passion for SoLVing business challenges led her to create this unique agency.

She was Co-Owner and President of Just For Her Marketing and Retail Events. The business grew during her time there because she came to deeply understand the needs and challenges of local small business owners. And through her work, established strong relationships with the “maker community” in Kansas City. In 2012, she identified a need for a new kind of consulting firm in Kansas City. So she created SoLVE.

Teddi’s career began as a Legislative Assistant in Washington DC, and she worked on multiple state and Presidential campaigns. After leaving the Hill, she became a lobbyist for Hallmark Cards and it’s interests in international trade, tax and postal legislation.

Hallmark brought her to Kansas City, where she led teams in product development, licensing, customer strategy, integrated marketing, advertising and promotions. She led strategic alliances with companies like Apple, Disney Consumer Products, American Girl, Starbuck’s and Major League Baseball.

“I believe that all things are possible with the right amount of creative problem solving. I love being a true consumer in the marketplace and I believe anyone can create big ideas with the right amount of intuition and common sense. I believe a healthy team and work environment should be focused on results, excited about innovation, and always thinking about the end consumer.”

And Teddi’s commitment to community service is extensive.

She was Co-Founder of the National Race for the Cure in Washington DC, Co-Founder and Chairperson of Kansas City Race for the Cure, Board Member for Children’s International, former board member for Camp Encourage, Endowment Board for Lake Mary, former board member for Kansas City Komen Foundation, former member of Student Affairs and Special Education Committees for Blue Valley Schools, and currently a board member for the Blue Valley Special Olympics. She serves many ministries at St. Mary Magdalene Episcopal church.

Teddi graduated from the University of Northern Colorado and also studied at the Oxford Pol University in Oxford, England.  Her passion for American Politics led her to UMKC where she completed her coursework for a Masters in Political Science.

Teddi has 5 children, all adopted from around the globe, a 3-year old great-niece that also lives with them and one great husband.  Together they love watching their children in high school football and baseball, competitive gymnastics and Special Olympics.  She loves the Broncos and Royals, Real Housewives and relies on her faith for everything to live her life to the fullest.