Have you ever been in a room of people that embrace life experiences? They listen with intensity and are genuinely excited to share? They seem to enjoy a challenge, or maybe more to the point, the opportunity to create one?

Well, that’s the 5D Strategies Team! We are entrepreneurs at heart — it’s in our DNA.

“Remember from where you come…as it may just determine where you will go…and, eventually, where you find you belong!” Rebecca MacKinnon 

We see business growth as a new experience, and problems as an opportunity to learn something. We don’t believe we have all of the answers, but when we are committed to bringing our knowledge and experience to the table to find something that works.

And, we innately understand the entrepreneurial dream is not about getting rich, but the measuring stick may require it!

5D Strategies Principles:

  • In pursuit of growth experiences…
    • A belief that leadership matters.
    • A thoughtful approach for gaining necessary insight.
    • An appreciation for the discipline necessary to succeed.
    • And, integrity in our actions and relationships.

Principle Partner: Rebecca S. MacKinnon

Rebecca S. MacKinnon, Principal Partner and Co-Founder of 5th Dimension Strategies, a successful growth strategy consulting firm. She holds an Executive MBA from the University of Missouri and a B.S. in Agriculture from Kansas State University. 

MacKinnon’s “roll up your sleeves” attitude was formed by the work ethic of a family-owned, Kansas farm.  But, her varied interests in business are uniquely her own. After graduating from Kansas State University, her early work and career interests moved her into healthcare technology. A series of achievements prompted MacKinnon to negotiate an opportunity to buy and spin-out certain intellectual properties from a healthcare M&A transaction.

As Founder/CEO of BeyondNow Technologies, MacKinnon led her high-growth venture through various growth cycles. Over a decade, MacKinnon successfully led her company through multiple financings, product releases and successful growth in the market. In 2003, BeyondNow Technologies, Inc. was acquired by Cerner Corporation (CERN), a leading U.S. healthcare information technology companies. 

MacKinnon is a serial entrepreneur and angel investor, having now started a number of ventures, and a few adventures, since BeyondNow. MacKinnon has won numerous awards and was recognized for her business achievements as a Smithsonian Laureate, Deloitte Touche Fast 50, Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist, and Healthcare’s Best in KLAS.  MacKinnon has also co-authored a book highlighting the challenges of today’s aging demographics, healthcare and the strain on family resources.

“Rebecca was approachable, energetic and efficient. In addition, her honest and determined approach to see things through, allowed us to persevere during hard times.”

Todd S., CEO


“Rebecca’s knowledge of technology, the healthcare sphere and the essentials for a successful launch was amazing. Her methodical and systematic approach to helping us articulate our mission, translate that mission into goals and tasks was exactly what we needed.”

Lonnie J., CTO/CIO

“Rebecca helped me see the industry in a new way. She encouraged me, appreciated my intelligence, and helped me to do the same.”

Kourtney G., CEO

Meet Michelle Watts

Michelle Watts holds a Bachelors degree in Organizational Leadership with emphasis in Human Resources Management from Mid America Nazarene University. Prior to pursuing her interests in Human Resources, Watts earned her License in Nursing from Johnson County Community College and has worked in a number of healthcare settings. The experience in healthcare has provided a rich appreciation for role definition, training and peer-to-peer communication.

With a primary interest in small business Human Resources services, Watts focuses on establishing core HR practices, including job descriptions, hiring practices, employee incentive plans, performance reviews and evaluations.  Watts especially enjoys working with middle management to establish best practices in workforce development, including setting expectations, skill planning and performance improvement. Additionally, her prior experience in nursing prompted exploration in the area of employee training workshops, with specific interest in methods for managing stress and anxiety, conflict resolution, team building and recognizing workplace bullying.

Watts previously worked for BeyondNow Technologies, Inc. as Human Resources Coordinator until they were acquired by Cerner Corporation in 2003.  During her time at Cerner, Watts gained further experience as an HR Partner.  Today, Watts is taking her experiences and building the HR practice for 5th Dimension Strategies.  She works closely with other Consultants in developing strong HR practices within their clients’ business.

Co-Founder: Michie Slaughter

After a distinguished career in human resources and entrepreneurship, our co-founder, Michie Slaughter, passed away in 2014. His blog and videos of his fireside chats are available here: Michie’s Blog.