Your Chamber at Work - May 26, 2020


The COVID-19 crisis has impacted nearly every aspect of our lives, but it hasn’t changed the need for strong, effective leadership. The KC Chamber and the Centurions Leadership Program are announcing changes to the 2020 – 2021 program to accommodate the extraordinary circumstances caused by the crisis.

  • New Application Deadline: July 1, 2020
  • Reduced Tuition: Tuition will be reduced by $1000 per Centurion
  • Open to non-Chamber members: KC Chamber membership requirements have been lifted for the incoming Fall Class of 2022 and Spring Class of 2021.
  • Multiple Centurions per Organization: The “one Centurion per organization” cap has been removed.

We believe Centurions is one of the best leadership programs in the country. Since it started in 1976, Centurions graduates have included CEOs, non-profit leaders, judges, civic leaders, lawmakers, and many more. It’s infused its participants with a deep understanding of our community and the importance of community service. And it’s created lifelong networks and friendships among its participants.

Those elements won’t change, though we’ll be operating under the safety requirements imposed by our new reality. The KC Chamber is committed to making sure Centurions operates now and well into the future preparing our next generation of leaders.


Businesses are returning to the workplace, and hospitals anticipate the return of elective surgeries. That means the CBC has an urgent need for donors.  Tomorrow is the start of our three-day community blood drive held in our Chamber Board Room on the first floor of Union Station. The Chamber, Union Station, KCADC, and the Civic Council are partnering with the Community Blood Center for the event, May 27-29, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This blood drive will be appointment only; no walk-ins. Register below for an appointment during the following dates:

The CBC is taking precautions for your safety: masks are required, Staff will check temperatures at the door and follow social distancing protocols. Click here for more information on the CBC’s response and safety protocol during COVID-19.


Does your workplace go above and beyond when it comes to diversity and inclusion in the workplace and the community? Apply today for the Champion of Diversity award. This prestigious award recognizes a regional business that serves a role model to others in the community to keep diversity and inclusion top of mind and permeating throughout their company culture. The 2019 recipient was Black & Veatch. The winners will be honored at the Chamber’s Power of Diversity Celebration on July 29. The Chamber’s overall diversity sponsors are CommunityAmerica Credit Union, Evergy, Hallmark, and Sprint.


Join us this Friday, May 29, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. for Neighborhood Networking with City Gym’s Hailee Bland Walsh. If you need to be re-inspired on your health and wellness journey, get some advice on amping up the fitness routine you already have, or just need to connect with colleagues on a Friday morning, register here for your spot now. Hear about Hailee’s journey as small business owner, former college athlete, trainer to her clients, and learn why even fitness trainers love a good Netflix marathon session. The KC Chamber’s networking sponsors are Mazuma, SS&C, and Sprint.