DT | Arvest Bank Presents: Conversations from the Top with Mayor Kay Barnes 11:45 a.m.
Mayor Kay Barnes is the embodiment of servant leader. She is a nationally recognized consultant and trainer who has developed a unique foundation of learning and experience in education, human resource and organizational development. With over 25 years of professional and volunteer experience interfacing among political, corporate, governmental and not-for-profit sectors in the community to initiate and facilitate positive change she has the strong ability to conceptualize, problem solve, communicate practical alternatives and develop long-term goals.
A native of St. Joseph, Missouri, Mayor Barnes earned a B.S. degree in secondary education from the University of Kansas, Masters Degrees in Secondary Education, as well as Public Administration – Organizational Behavior from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She was the president of Kay Waldo, Inc.
One of the first two women on the Jackson County Legislature and elected to the Kansas City council in 1979, Barnes was the first female mayor of Kansas City and has received the most credit for her work in improving Downtown Kansas City and working for initiating the revitalization of the urban core. She is also credited with the Sprint Center arena in Kansas City that opened on October 10, 2007. She was first elected mayor on her birthday in 1999, and re-elected for a second term in 2003. In late 2007, Barnes announced she would run in the Democratic primary for Missouri's 6th congressional district, held by four-term Republican Sam Graves.
Mayor Barnes is the Distinguished Professor and Founding Director for Public Leadership at Park University. She sits on the boards of private and public corporations and was appointed a Fellow of the Dole Institute of Politics, University of Kansas. She has been honored with numerous national and regional awards and recognitions. She is a founding and original member of Central Exchange.