Nonprofit Breakfast Forum Series

Community, nonprofit and public service leaders convene multiple times each year to network and dialogue with local and national experts about the most important issues, trends, and challenges affecting the leadership of regional nonprofits.

Below is information on upcoming and past breakfast forums:

The next Breakfast Forum has not been scheduled.

Topic: TBA
Date: TBA (7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.)
Registration and Breakfast at 7:30 a.m.

Location: UMKC Bloch Executive Hall (Auditorium)
5108 Cherry Street, Kansas City, Missouri

Forum Description: TBA

Fee Information: $15 per participant (Fee includes light breakfast)
Full refunds will be given when cancellations are made at least five working days before the session. No refunds will be made for this forum within 5 days of the event.

Registration Form

Parking Instructions

Park on the 5th or 6th level of the UMKC Cherry Street Parking Garage (located at East 50th Street between Oak Street and Cherry Street). We have arranged for campus police not to ticket this area during the event so there is no need to pay the meters at this location. Note: the parking garage is one and half blocks north of the Bloch Executive Hall.

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Questions about the breakfast forum: Please contact us at 816-235-5720 or

Breakfast Forums History

2007 - 2016

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Nonprofit Women Executives: Leaning In or Paddling Against the Stream?

CiCi Rojas, President & CEO of The Central Exchange, will moderate this panel discussion with Deidre Anderson, Executive Director of United Inner City Services, Michelle Davis, Executive Director of International Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva (FOP) Association and Irene Caudillo, President and CEO of El Centro.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Standing up for Nonprofits in Missouri

Rhonda Holman, vice president, Healthcare Foundation of Greater Kansas City and Richard M. Potter, executive director, Nonprofit Missouri

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Healthcare Reform and Kansas City Nonprofits

Steve Roling, CEO, Healthcare Foundation of Greater Kansas City; and Judy Baker, Regional Director, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Strategically Engaging the Young Volunteer

David Battey, President and Founder of Youth Volunteer Corps of America; Katy Griffin, Young Leaders Society and Individual Gifts Manager of the United Way of Greater Kansas City; and Ann Van Zee, Community Outreach Programs Manager, of Harvesters

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Preparing for Change: Knowledge and Information to Build Your Nonprofit

David O. Renz, Ph.D., Beth K. Smith/Missouri Chair in Nonprofit Leadership and Director of the Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership at the Bloch School of Business and Public Administration at UMKC; Brent Never, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Nonprofit Leadership in the Department of Public Affairs and a Senior Fellow of the Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership at the Bloch School of Business and Public Administration; and Fredrik O. Andersson, doctoral fellow at the Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership and the Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation of the Bloch School of Business and Public Administration

Monday, February 22, 2010

Special Insights on the Kansas City Missouri School District

J. Wm. Covington, Ed. D., Superintendent of Schools for the Kansas City, Missouri School District

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Preparing for a New Generation of Service - Working with the New Hippies!

H. Eugene Dooley, President and Chief Executive Officer of the YMCA of Greater Kansas City, and Executive Director of the YMCA Foundation of Mid-America; Robert Campbell, Vice President and Chief Learning Officer of Cerner Corporation’s KnowledgeWorks; and Shawna Vece, Vice President of Talent Management for the YMCA of Greater Kansas City.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Special Insights on Philanthropy in a Changing World

Alinda Dennis is Senior Vice President of Community Impact for the United Way of Greater Kansas City; B. Spencer Heddens III serves as market president of Bank of America, Kansas City, and he also serves as the Kansas City market executive for the Philanthropic Management Group, which oversees the administration of the bank’s charitable trusts and foundations; and Ralph Reid, Vice President of Sprint's Corporate Social Responsibility and President of the Sprint Foundation.

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

E-Philanthropy and the Internet: Putting Today’s Tools to Work

Dr. Robert “Bob” Buchanan, Senior Fellow of the Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership and the principal of Fund Raising Counsel; and Brian Johnson, Vice President of Niko Software Corporation.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

County Government and the Nonprofit Community: Leadership Perspectives

Mike Sanders, Jackson County Executive, and Annabeth Surbaugh, Chairman of the Johnson County Board of County Commissioners

Friday, February 22, 2008

City and the Nonprofit Community: A Mayoral Perspective

Mayor Mark Funkhouser, Mayor of Kansas City, Missouri

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

Dalene Bradford: consultant to the Performing Arts Center; Anita Maltbia: KPAC Ambassador and retired KCMO Assistant City Manager; and Richard Fagerberg: KPAC Ambassador and retired Kansas City executive.

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Perspectives From Two Collaborating Health Foundation Leaders

Steve Roling, President and CEO of the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City and Brenda Sharpe, President and CEO of The REACH Healthcare Foundation

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

To Endow or Not To Endow

Midwest Center’s Senior Fellows, Gary Baker and David Stallings.

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Mayoral Perspectives

Mayor Kay Barnes, second term mayor of Kansas City, Missouri, and former Mayor Carol Marinovich, past mayor and CEO of the Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kansas and current senior vice president of Fleishman-Hillard

1997 - 2006

Thursday, May 25, 2006

The Next Generation of Community and Philanthropy: The Greater Kansas City Community Foundation

Laura McKnight, President and CEO of the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Perspectives from the Publisher: How Nonprofits and The Kansas City Star Work Together

Mac Tully, President and Publisher of The Kansas City Star

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Local Emergency Preparedness: How Nonprofits Can Cooperate with the Public Sector

Dr. Rex Archer, Director of Health for Kansas City, Missouri and President of the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO)

Thursday, June 02, 2005

Building Community Through The Arts

Joan Israelite, President and CEO of the Arts Council of Metropolitan Kansas City

Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Rising to the challenge or running for the door: What can boards do when things go wrong?

Chris Cornforth, Senior Lecturer in Voluntary Sector Management and Head of the Public Interest and Non-profit Management Research Unit (PiN) at the Open University Business School in the United Kingdom (UK); and Dr. Jill Mordaunt, academic researcher at the Open University Business School in the United Kingdom (UK)

Wednesday, December 08, 2004

Winds of Change for Nonprofits - Are They Blowing You Away?

David Warm, Executive Director of the Mid-America Regional Council

Thursday, June 03, 2004

A View from City Hall

Wayne Cauthen, City Manager of Kansas City, Missouri

Friday, February 20, 2004

Nonprofit Lifecycles with Susan Kenny Stevens

Susan Kenny Stevens, Founder and President of the Stevens Group in St. Paul

Tuesday, December 16, 2003

Looking to the Future of Nonprofits with David Ross

David P. Ross, senior vice president of Bank of America in Kansas City

Wednesday, June 11, 2003

Nonprofit Financial Strategy for the Twenty-First Century: Building Your Endowment Funds

John Carton, Executive Director of Butterfield Youth Services in Marshall, Missouri; Gary Baker, Ph.D., Senior Fellow at the Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership

Tuesday, March 11, 2003

The Kauffman Foundation: The Legacy And The Future

Carl J. Schramm, President and CEO of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation (make up session)

Wednesday, February 12, 2003

Coping with Cutbacks: Staying True to Mission in Hard Times

Emil Angelica, Principal Consultant with the Wilder Center for Communities of the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation

Thursday, October 24, 2002

The Kauffman Foundation: The Legacy And The Future

Carl J. Schramm, President and CEO of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation; Note: Rhonda Holman was replacement speaker

Wednesday, May 22, 2002

Exploring Nonprofit Funding and Strategic Relationships

Debbie Sosland-Edelman, Ph.D., Executive Director of the Sosland Foundation; David P. Thomas, MBA, Vice President of Sprint Corporation Relations and Executive Director of the Sprint Foundation

Wednesday, February 20, 2002

Exploring Nonprofit Funding and Strategic Relationships

Tom Dugard, President and CEO of the Heart of America United Way

Tuesday, December 04, 2001

Exploring Nonprofit Funding And Strategic Relationships

Jan Kreamer, President and CEO of the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation

Wednesday, June 06, 2001

Nonprofit Agencies and For-Profit Businesses: Connecting to Enrich Our Community

Phillip J. Hanson, Executive Vice President, Financial Resource Development, of Heart of America United Way, moderator; William C. Nelson, Chairman, George K. Baum Asset Management, and Catherine M. Wagner, Executive Director of Old Northeast, Inc.

Monday, April 09, 2001

Learn about the mutual gains made possible through creative new partnerships!

Colleen D. Hernandez, Executive Director of Kansas City Neighborhood Alliance, moderate the panel; Alan S. Gray II, Inter-Governmental Liaison for Jackson County, present an overview; Robert L. Collins, City Manager of the City of Kansas City, Missouri, will present an overview

Wednesday, December 06, 2000

Understanding the Double Bottom Line... Mission and Money Nonprofits and For-Profits: Coming Together for Mutual Benefit

Gary Baker, Ph.D., Director of Community Building Initiatives at UMKC Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership; Bill Hall President of Hall Family Foundation and Assistant to the Chairman of Hallmark Cards, Inc; Turner White, CEO of Union Station Kansas City

Wednesday, June 21, 2000

Keeping Up With A Changing Workforce: Implications For Nonprofit Human Resource Management

Jay Jamrog, Executive Director of Research at the Human Resource Institute of Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida

Thursday, February 24, 2000

Changing Dynamics of Board Leadership: How to "Re-See" Your Board

Bob Herman, professor in the Nonprofit Management Program; David Renz, director of the Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership at UMKC; Aasim Baheyadeen, Chairperson of Ad Hoc Group Against Crime; Dianne Cleaver, Chairperson of Project Neighborhood, Starlight Theatre, Kansas City Kidsafe and Family

Friday, November 19, 1999

Creative Income Strategies for Nonprofits: Vital Work for Boards and Staff

Rhonda Holman, Vice President within the Kauffman Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership; Frank Ellis, Chairman of the Board of Swope Parkway Health Center, Chairman of the Board, President and CEO of FirstGuard HealthPlan, President of Community Builders of Kansas City; Leigh Klein, Executive Director of Women's Employment Network; Richard Ruiz, Executive Director of El Centro, Inc.

Monday, June 28, 1999

Motivate People to Choose Your Nonprofit: Entrepreneurial Marketing

Janine Hron, Executive Vice President of Prime Media; Betsy Vander Velde, President and CEO of Heart of America Family Services

Thursday, February 25, 1999

Social Entrepreneurship: Where Money and Mission Meet

Dr. J. Greg Dees, the Entrepreneur-in-Residence of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation; Steve Roling, Vice President of Public Sector and Community Entrepreneurship at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

Tuesday, November 24, 1998

Moving Your Nonprofit into the New Millennium: How to Prepare for Y2K

Gary DeRigne, Senior Vice President of Engineering Services and Information Systems a t Butler Manufacturing Company, Board Member of the Community Resource Network and Technology Advisory Committee for Center Management Assistance, Founder and Chairman of the Technology Committee at Harvesters; Jude Perry, Executive Director of Harvesters-The Community Network; Herb Kyles, Executive Director of the Community Resource Network

Tuesday, February 24, 1998

Follow the Money; One-stop Human Service Delivery Moving to One-stop, Site-based Service Delivery

Gayle Hobbs, Executive Director of LINC; Terry Woodbury, Executive Director of the United Way of Wyandotte County, Founder of the Franklin Center of Kansas City, KS; Lee Bohannon, Founder of the Men on the Move, Chairman of Blenheim Elementary School's Site Advisory Council

Monday, November 10, 1997

Experience the Power of Information Technology Are you and Your Board on the Highway, the Street or Still in the Garage?

Herb Kyles, Executive Director of the Community Resource Network; Jan Marcason, Executive Director of Mid America Assistance Coalition; Carol Bird Owlsey, Executive Director of Community Assistance Council-Hickman Mills; Dave Olson, Executive Director of the Kansas City Neighborhood Alliance and Ruth Austin with the 49/63 Collation ;Bob Buchanan, Chair of KCPhilanthroNET

Monday, June 16, 1997

Dialogue On Building A Healthier Kansas City: Founders And Agencies Working Together

Jeff Comment, Vice Chairman of Heart of America United Way, and Board Member of the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation; Dianne Cleaver, Board Chair Project Neighbor-H.O.O.D., Former Director of Behavioral Health Services at Swope Parkway Health Center; Linda French, Immediate Past President of Greater Kansas City Chapter of the Red Cross, Professor of Business Administration at William Jewell College; Eugene Wilson, President for Youth Development and COO of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, Former President of the Atlantic Richfield Corporation

Friday, March 21, 1997

Connecting the Dots: Community Resources For "Mission: Accomplished"

David Warm, Executive Director of the Mid-America Regional Council, Former City Administrator of Liberty, Missouri; Cathy Wagner, Executive Director of Old Northeast, Inc. Formerly with East Meyer Neighborhood Association

1987 - 1996

Monday, May 20, 1996

Lessons From A Partnership In Motion: Speed Limits, Potholes, and Successes

Barbara O'Toole, Gillis Executive Director with Board Member Gardiner Davis; Paul Gemeinhardt, Ozanam Executive Director with Board Member Kathleen Dodd; Dorothy Wilson-Simpson, Sporfford Executive Director with Board Member Joe McCaddon

Wednesday, January 31, 1996

To Do Or Die: Boards And Staff Taking Action

Don Wise, Executive Director and LeAnn Smith, Board President of Associated Youth Services of Kansas City, KS

Tuesday, September 19, 1995

A New Look at the Nonprofit Sector

Brian O'Connell, Professor of Public Service Tufts University

Monday, June 05, 1995

Explosive Change Ahead: Preparing to Ride the Wave

Karen McCarthy, U.S.. Congresswoman fifth district, former Chairwoman National Association of State Legislators; Dwayne Crompton, President of the KCMC Child Development Center and Cynthia Smith, Vice President of KCMC's Board

Tuesday, February 28, 1995

Sen. Nancy Landon Kassebaum's Perspective on the New Congress: Its Implications for the Nonprofit Community

Nancy Landon Kassebaum, U.S. Sen., Chairman of Senate Labor and Human Resources Committee; Gary Strangler, Director of the Missouri Department of Social Services; Adele Hall, Community Leader and Former Chairman of the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation; David Smith, Executive Director of the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Kansas City; David Renz, Director of the Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership

Wednesday, November 09, 1994

New Horizons and Issues in the Nonprofit Community

Sara Melendez, President of Independent Sector

Thursday, April 28, 1994

New Voices: Partnering With Youth In Community Building

Andre Thurman, Co-founder of Break and Build; Tatum Redenbaugh and Angie Wiederholt of the Oak Park High School United Way at School Program; Genaro Ruiz, consultant to the National Hispanic Institute and the league of United Latin American Citizens

Thursday, February 10, 1994

Living John Gardner's Message: Nonprofits Build Community In Kansas City

Rev. J. Earl Cavanaugh of Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral's Hot Lunch, HIV, Habitat; Mary Neal of the Kansas City Neighborhood Alliance's "Hand Across Troost" collaboration; A. Don Wise of Associated Youth Services "Project in Focus" In Kansas City, Kansas

Thursday, November 11, 1993

Nonprofit Leadership in Building Community

John W.Gardner, Author of "Self Renewal", "Excellence" "On Leadership", "Building Community", U.S. Founder of he Common Cause, Co-founder of Independent Sector and leadership of The National Urban Coalition

Wednesday, April 21, 1993

Shaping Nonprofit Public Policy in the Clinton Years - A Role for each of Us

Sandra Gray, Vice President and spokesperson for the Independent Sector; David Battey, Founder and President of Youth Volunteer Corps of America

Thursday, January 28, 1993

Ethics in Nonprofits--Maintaining the Public Trust

John Greenwood, President of Heart of America United Way; Myra Christopher, Executive Director of Midwest Bioethics Center; Herman Johnson, Civic Leader, Herman Johnson Real Estate

Sunday, November 29, 1992

Alliances that Work - Nonprofits, Business, Government

Mayor Emanuel Cleaver of Kansas City, Missouri; William C. Nelson, CEO Boatman's First National Bank and Civic Council Executive Committee; Connie Campbell, President of The Learning Exchange

Thursday, April 23, 1992

Achieving Diversity - Specific Strategies that Work... and Some that Don't

Charles Hucker, Vice President of Communications at Hallmark Cards, member of United Way Diversity Task Force; Karen McGuigan, Executive Director of Mid-Continent Council of Girl Scouts

Thursday, February 06, 1992

Looking in the Mirror - Assessing Diversity in Your Agency: An Interactive Session

Rutha Awbrey, AT&T supervisor of Telemarketing for Consumer Products

Thursday, October 31, 1991

Recognizing Diversity as an Asset

Maggie Finerock, Director of a Harmony in a World of Difference; Colleen D. Hernandez, Executive Director of Kansas City Neighborhood Alliance; G. Lawrence Blankinship Jr., Board Member and Chair of Community Problem-Solving, Heart of America, President of Blankinship Distribution Inc.

Wednesday, April 24, 1991

Joining Forces to Meet Human Needs

Rick Malsick, Administrator of YouthNet, Former Executive Director of Northeast Youth Committee; Adele Hall, Chairman of the Board of Greater Kansas City Community Foundation and Affiliated Trusts; Vivan Jones, Chief Executive Officer of Niles Home; Peter Dreyfuss, Executive Director of Metropolitan Energy Information Center; Dot Wilson-Simpson, President of Spofford Home

Thursday, January 31, 1991

Creating Policy Responses to Nonprofit Challenges

Ed Weaver; Gina Pulliam, Vice President of Heart of America United Way; Dwayne Crompton, CEO, KCMC Child Development Corp; and Eleanor Lower, past President Kansas Action for Children

Thursday, November 01, 1990

Beyond Our Agency Walls: Serving Human Needs in the 90's

Robert Rogers, President of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation; Marlene Nagle, Director of Community Development at MARC

Monday, April 30, 1990

Dilemmas Affecting Board Productivity

Dr. William Eddy, Dean, Bloch School (UMKC); Stacey Daniels, President of Planned Parenthood; Larry Guillot, Executive Director, Center for Management Assitance; and George Blackwood, Chair, KCMO Port Authority

Thursday, February 08, 1990

For Lover of Money: Is Your Nonprofit Board a Good Employer?

Susan Stanton, Vice President, Retailing, Payless Cashways (moderator); Wynn Presson, President, Research Health Systems; Betty Keim, Vice Chair of the KC Community College Foundation; Rhonda Holman, Vice President, Commercial Lending, Boatmen's Bank; and Ed Weaver, Professor of Public Service and Nonprofit Leadership and Management Cookingham Institute, Bloch School (UMKC)

Wednesday, April 26, 1989

Foundation and Corporate Giving to Nonprofits

Terry Ward, President, H&R Block Foundation; Robert Rogers, Vice President of Community Affairs, Marion Labs, William Washington, Chair, Black Sommunity Fund; Marge Allen, President, Powell Family Foundation; Jan Kreamer, President, Greater Kansas City Community Foundation

Tuesday, December 06, 1988

AIDS Policies: The Responsibilities of Non-profit Leadership

Joseph Brewer, MD; Sheyl Feutz, Attorney with Shughart Thomson & Kilroy; William Bartholome, MD; and Connie Coutellier, Director of Program Services, Camp Fire

Tuesday, June 14, 1988

Media Professionals to tell all in exchange with Non-profits

Wendall Annschutz, Anchor of KCTV-5; Charles Garrett, Managing Editor of KMBZ/KMBR radio and David Zeeck, Managing Editor of The Kansas City Star.

Friday, March 11, 1988

Cutting the Mustard in Jefferson City

Phil Curls, Missouri Legislature; John Cozad, Missouri Governor's Office; Phyllis Rozanski, Citisens for Missouri's Children; William Brunning of the Missouri Arts Council; and William Siedhoff, Deputy Director of Social Services

Tuesday, October 27, 1987

Non-profit Advocacy Steps to Success

David Cohen, Director of the Advocacy Institute, Washington, D.C.

Thursday, June 11, 1987

Managing Non-profit Liability

Ken Wallace, Partner, Smith, Gill, Fisher & Butts, Former Chair, Wildwood Outdoor Center; and Robert Jones, Manager, Personnel Administration, Panhandle Eastern Pipe Line Company

Thursday, May 14, 1987

Local actions to meeting liability concerns


Monday, March 23, 1987

Issues of Non-profit Liability

Steve Polecheck, Executive V.P. of National United Way D. & O Liability, Service Connected Liability

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