2020 Spring Leadership and Board Meetings


2020 Council Leadership and Board Meetings

The 2020 Council Leadership and Board Meetings were originally scheduled to be held in Colorado Springs, CO, June 11-13 - hosted by Executive Director Karen Burghart of the Colorado Springs World Affairs Council. Due to COVID-19, the Spring Meetings have been canceled and WACA is exploring the possibility of a postponement and other options with Karen and her Board of Directors. Stay tuned for a decision and possible registration details from WACA. 

View the full announcement flyer here for more details!

2019 Council Leadership and Board Meetings

IRC Executive Director Matthew Hughes and his team welcomed WACA and our Council colleagues to the 2019 Spring Leadership and Board Meetings in beautiful Kansas City, MO, June 13-15.

Click here to view the Participant Welcome Packet, including welcomes from WACA President and CEO Bill Clifford and IRC Board President Jeffrey Bell, the complete agenda, directions, and more details! 

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                                                    
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

2019 Spring Leadership Meeting Highlights

                     Great Decisions Panel                                    Thursday Evening Dinner at Jack Stack BBQ           National World War I Museum & Memorial

    Narbeli Galindo, Director of Int'l Affairs, KCMO           KC Mayor Sly James and Laura Thomas of Omaha                                Breakout Sessions

        Uzra Zeya Addressing Council Leadership                          Friday Evening Reception Jazz Band                  Membership Presentation - Matthew Hughes, IRC

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AGENDA for the 2019 Council Leadership and Board Meetings:

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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               Considerations for Membership Organizations: Matthew Hughes, International Relations Council (KC)

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: The Imperative of Planning for Resilience and Sustainability: Dr. David Renz, Midwest Center for Nonprofit

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; bus pickup at Ambassador Hotel - please be prompt

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 - location TBA

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 Jim McKusick, President, Edgar Snow Memorial Foundation

9:00-12:00       Board meeting


Morning            Optional: Kansas City tour - meet in lobby of Ambassador Hotel

1:30-3:30 pm   Optional for all: VIP tour of Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum

Click here to view information about the 2018 Spring Leadership and Board Meetings

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