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

March 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?

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.

Recent Programs

January 2022

Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City President and CEO Esther George


Federal Reserve President and CEO Esther George will kick off our 2022 “The Future of.. ” speaking series. She will discuss the state of the economy and address what the central bank anticipates with interest rates, the outlook of inflation and supply chain effects. Hear from one of the nation’s premiere economic decision makers and what she foresees in the next year for American business.


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.