The Economic Club of Kansas City

About Us

We provide a structured forum for engaging the Kansas City Metro area’s business leaders with world-class thinkers on critical issues in business, economics, and finance. The Club is nonpolitical, nonpartisan, and nonprofit and takes no side on any issue considered in its forum.

Our Programs

The Club hosts several programs a year featuring keynote presentations by renowned thought leaders. Every other year, we host the award ceremony for the Truman Medal for Economic Policy.

Upcoming Programs

June 2022

The Future of Entertainment with comedian and actor Rob Riggle

Lights, camera, start laughing! Hollywood comedian and actor Rob Riggle takes the stage for ECKC to talk about the future of movies and entertainment. The pandemic changed Hollywood forever. Cable gave way to cord cutters, and blockbusters no longer require the big screen. Now that movie theaters stepped back from the leading role in entertainment, the Kansas City native will give ECKC the inside details on how studios will roll out new releases and meet the demands of an at-home digital world.

October 2022

2022 Truman Medal – Club Reception for Roger Ferguson, Jr.

Former President and CEO of TIAA

Former Vice Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System

Mr. Ferguson is the ninth recipient of the Truman Medal for Economic Policy, awarded biennially since 2005 to honor individuals with distinguished careers in economic research and policy.

Mr. Ferguson was a member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System from 1997–2006, serving as Vice Chairman from 1999–2006. As the only Governor in Washington, D.C. on 9/11, he led the Federal Reserve’s initial response to the terrorist attacks, taking actions that kept the U.S. financial system functioning while reassuring the global financial community that the U.S. economy would not be paralyzed. As Vice Chairman he led or influenced many domestic and international financial regulatory changes that contributed to a safer, more efficient, and modernized financial system, such as payment modernization through electronic clearing and settlement of checks, and improvements in FOMC communications and transparency through the public statement of actions after each meeting. After leaving the Federal Reserve, Mr. Ferguson continued his public service by serving on President Obama’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness and co-chairing the National Academy of Sciences’ Committee on the Long-Run Macro-Economic Effects of the Aging U.S. Population.


Recent Programs

May 2022

Kansas City Royals Chairman and CEO John Sherman

Royals owner John Sherman comes to ECKC with exclusive details about the future of downtown baseball. Sherman is exploring a move out of Kauffman Stadium and relocating downtown. But what location and who will pay for it? The longtime business executive will talk about what he envisions for a downtown transformation. His opponents say he’s throwing a foul ball but hear why Sherman says the plan is a grand slam for baseball & business alike.

April 2022

Southwest Airlines President and COO Mike Van de Ven

Put on your hard hat and take an exclusive ECKC members-only tour of the new KCI, set to be complete in 2023. Then hear from the newly appointed Southwest Airlines President and COO Mike Van De Ven about “The Future of Air Travel” in our 2022 speaking series. Travel behavior has drastically changed. How will air travel recover, change and thrive from this pivotal time to the future? How will new innovations and adaptations shape the way we fly and move in the future?


Club members are leading organizations in the Kansas City metropolitan area, including Lawrence and Topeka, Kansas. The organizations are represented by the chief executive officer, chief financial officer, or other high organization official.

Membership is by invitation only. Invitations are extended without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, or disability.