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We host 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, which we co-sponsor with the Harry S. Truman Library Institute and the Henry W. Bloch School of Management at the University of Missouri—Kansas City.

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?

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.

Truman Medal for Economic Policy

In alternate years, the Club also hosts the award ceremony for the Truman Medal for Economic Policy, co-sponsored with the Harry S. Truman Library Institute and the Henry W. Bloch School of Management at the University of Missouri—Kansas City. The Truman Medal is awarded to an economist who has made extraordinary contributions to the nation’s economic policy.

The 2022 Truman Medal for Economic Policy will be awarded to Roger W. Ferguson, Jr., former Vice Chairman of the Federal Reserve Board, in a special program on October 6, 2022.

Previous award recipients

  • Alan Greenspan 2005
  • George Shultz 2007
  • Paul Volcker 2009
  • Allan Meltzer 2011
  • Alice Rivlin 2013
  • John Taylor 2015
  • Robert Shiller 2017
  • Janet Yellen 2019

Past Programs


Esther George

President and CEO, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City

Ms. George will provide an in-depth perspective on the nation’s economic outlook.

As president and CEO of the Kansas City Fed, Ms. George leads a workforce of nearly 2000 employees located at offices in Kansas City, Omaha, Denver, and Oklahoma City. The Kansas City Fed is responsible for conducting monetary policy, providing financial services to depository institutions, and supervising nearly 1,000 banking organizations in its seven-state region. In 2019, Ms. George served as a voting member on the Federal Reserve’s policymaking body, the Federal Open Market Committee. She also leads the Federal Reserve System’s efforts to modernize the U.S. payments system to enhance the security and speed of transactions across the banking system.


David Lam

Director of the Institute for Social Research, Professor in the Department of Economics, and Research Professor in the Population Studies Center at the University of Michigan.

Mr. Lam will explore the demographic factors underlying economic activity at home and abroad.

A leading authority on the demography of the global labor market, Mr. Lam has addressed the Jackson Hole Economic Policy Symposium, the Dallas Federal Reserve Bank, the United Nations Commission on Population and Development, the U.S. Department of Treasury, the African Development Bank, and the World Bank. He is a Professor in the Department of Economics and a Research Professor in the Population Studies Center at the University of Michigan. He is also Honorary Professor of Economics at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, and a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research.


Chris Wright

CEO and Chairman, Liberty Oilfield Services

Mr. Wright will address the state of and prospects for the energy industry.

Mr. Wright has had a lifelong passion for energy and its role in human life. He was the founder and CEO from 1992–2006 of Pinnacle Technologies, which created the hydraulic fracture mapping industry. Pinnacle’s innovations in fracturing practices helped launch commercial shale gas production in the late 1990s. Mr. Wright has consulted and taught courses on all six inhabited continents, authored/co-authored over 60 technical papers and articles, and spoken on energy to the UK House of Lords, the States Attorneys General, and Federal and State Judges.


Catherine Mann

Former Chief Economist & G20 Finance Deputy of the OECD, Catherine Mann

Ms. Mann will discuss the outlook and key issues for global trade and policy.

Ms. Mann has been responsible for thought leadership, research guidance of a global team of economists, and cross-fertilization of research across macroeconomics, fixed-income, and equities. Prior to the OECD, Mann was a professor at Brandeis University’s International Business School. She also spent 20+ years in Washington, DC at the Peter G. Peterson Institute for International Economics, Federal Reserve Board of Governors, President’s Council of Economic Advisers, and the World Bank. Her written work includes more than 85 scholarly articles and seven books primarily on the topics of US external imbalances, trade, international capital flows and the dollar, and information technology and services trade in global markets.


Douglas Holtz-Eakin

President, American Action Forum policy institute

Can people still hope for the American Dream? Is it still attainable?

Mr. Holtz-Eakin will discuss the outlook of American businesses and how proposed Congressional fiscal policies could affect the future of jobs and wealth. Mr. Holtz-Eakin’s career has spanned the areas of public policy, politics, government, and academia. He served as Director of the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office from 2003-05 and chief economist of President George H. W. Bush’s Council of Economic Advisers. He also was the chief economic policy adviser to Senator John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign. He has held positions in several Washington-based, policy-focused organizations including director of the Maurice R. Greenberg Center for Geoeconomic Studies, senior fellow at the Peter G. Peterson Institute for International Economics, and the Paul A. Volcker chair in international economics at the Council on Foreign Relations.


Tour of Hunt Midwest SubTropolis

The World’s Largest Underground Business Complex.®

Economic Club members will tour SubTropolis. Event specifics will be announced later.

SubTropolis is the world’s largest underground business complex, with over 6.7 million square feet of industrial space and 7.3 million square feet available for future expansion. SubTropolis was created through the mining of a 270-million-year-old limestone deposit. In the mining process, limestone is removed, leaving 25-foot square pillars. The pillars’ even spacing, concrete flooring and 16-foot high, smooth ceilings make build-to-suit facilities time and cost efficient for tenants. The complex is energy efficient, completely dry, brightly lit, with miles of wide, paved streets accessed at street level. Tenants include e-commerce, supply chain, pharmaceutical, animal health, automotive, record storage and food storage businesses.