2019 Spring Leadership and Board Meetings

KANSAS CITY: The Council Leadership and Board Meetings will be held in partnership with the International Relations CouncilJune 13-15. This is a free event for Council staff and board members.

Register now to attend! IRC Executive Director Matthew Hughes and his team welcome WACA and our Council colleagues to this year's Spring Leadership and Board Meetings in beautiful Kansas City, MO, June 13-15, 2019. Click here for more details. A complete agenda will be available in the coming weeks - stay tuned for updates! See below the speakers for hotel block information, the tentative agenda, and more details.

Discounted hotel block ends Monday, May 20.

WACA Council Leadership & Board Meetings Profiles

Thursday Evening Speakers                                                            

Nazanin Ash                                                           Abdul Bakar                                                           Dr. Matthew Naylor
Nazanin Ash                   Abdul Bakar                   Matthew Naylor
VP Public Policy & Advocacy, IRC                        Director, Della Lamb Community Services             President & CEO, National World War I Museum

Thursday Evening Event 

National World War I Museum & Memorial

Friday Morning Speakers and Event

Mayor Sly James                                                     Mary Eisenhower                                                    Union Station
Mayor, Kansas City, MO                                         President, People to People International

Friday Afternoon and Evening Speakers

Dr. David Renz                                             Uzra Zeya
Director, Midwest Ctr. for Nonprofit Leadership      President & CEO, Alliance for Peacebuilding

BOOK YOUR HOTEL - Block Ends Monday, May 20

WACA has secured a discounted rate of $165 per night at the beautiful Ambassador Hotel in downtown Kansas City. 

Please email Liz Brailsford at lbrailsford@worldaffairscouncils.org with any questions you may have. This is a free event for Council staff and board members.

AGENDA for the 2019 Council Leadership and Board Meetings (subject to change):

Download the AGENDA

Thursday, June 13 • Opening Reception & Great Decisions Lecture

WACA National Board Members, Council Executives & Staff, Council Board Members

Afternoon          Arrivals

4 p.m.               Optional: VIP tour of National WWI Museum & Memorial – arrive earlier to walk around grounds

5:30                  WWI Museum: WACA + VIP hosted reception

6:00                  WWI Museum: General registration + cash bar/small plates reception

6:30-8:00           Great Decisions: Refugees & Global Migration

8:15                  Optional: No-host dinner (separate checks, no program) – Jack Stack Barbecue

9:30                  Optional outing: Green Lady Lounge for classic Kansas City jazz

Overnight          Ambassador Hotel (1111 Grand Blvd., Kansas City, MO 64106)


Friday, June 14 • WACA Council Leadership Meeting

WACA National Board Members, Council Executives & Staff, Council Board Members

8:30 a.m.         Continental breakfast available in KC Chamber Board Room at Union Station

8:45                 Welcome to KC: Mayor Sly James & Narbeli Galindo, Director of International Affairs, KCEDC

9:00                 Icebreaker

9:25                 Opening session: WACA Update and Q&A: Bill Clifford, WACA President & CEO

10:00               Panel with council leaders: Membership Models Around WACA

10:45               Breakout Sessions: Membership Models Around WACA

11:15               Break

11:30               Project Update: The Whole Truth with David Eisenhower: Craig Snyder, President & CEO, WAC Philadelphia, and

                       special guest Mary Eisenhower, President, People to People International

12:00 p.m.       Walk across bridge to Lidia’s Kansas City

12:30               Lunch with discussion

1:00                 Session: Succession Planning: Dr. David Renz, Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership

2:00                 Walk across bridge to Union Station

2:30                 Session: We’re Better Together: The Collaboration Continuum: Matthew Hughes, Int’l. Rel. Council

3:00                 Panel: Community Partners

3:45                 Closing: Bill Clifford

4:00                 Break

5:15                 Travel to reception

5:45                 Reception at home of International Relations Council Vice President Holly Nielsen

6:45                 Evening speaker: Uzra Zeya, President & CEO, Alliance for Peacebuilding

8:15                 Bus pickup back to hotel

8:30                 Optional: evening entertainment Overnight Ambassador Hotel (1111 Grand Blvd., Kansas City, MO 64106)


Saturday, June 15 • WACA National Board Meeting and a Chance to Explore KC

WACA National Board Members

8:30 a.m.         Continental breakfast available at the Diastole Scholars’ Center

8:45                 Welcome from Nancy Hill and intro to the Edgar Snow Memorial Foundation

9:00-12:00       Board meeting


Morning          Optional: Kansas City tour

Afternoon        Optional for all: VIP tour of Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum



2018 Spring Leadership and Board Meetings

This year's Spring Leadership and Board Meetings were held in partnership with the World Affairs Council of San AntonioMay 17-19, 2018See the Agenda.

The meetings opened on Thursday, May 17 with an installment of WAC San Antonio's Distinguished Speaker Series, "San Antonio’s First 300 Years: From Spanish Colony to Modern City," with local historian Dr. Gilberto Hinojosa. He gave an overview of San Antonio’s last 300 years, from its foundation as a Spanish outpost to its rise in the twentieth century. 

Following the close of the Leaderhip Meeting on Friday, May 18 WACA hosted a special coctail hour and dinner at Club Giraud for attendees, featuring Reva Goujon, Vice President of Global Anaysis at Stratfor, as the keynote speaker.


Stratfor Logo


The WACA National Board meeting was held on Saturday, May 19.

2018 Spring Leadership Meeting Photos


Reva Goujon speaking at Club Giraud on Friday


Spring Leaders

WACA's Bill Clifford (L), WAC San Antonio's Leslie Palmer (C), and guests


 Council Leaders

Council leaders from Colorado, Missouri, and California

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