Conversations from the Top in Kansas City Jan. 18

Friday, January 06 at 05:35 AM
Category: Arvest Community News
Dianne Cleaver, executive director of the Urban Neighborhood Initiative, will speak at our first event of the 2017 Conversations from the Top series which is a moderated fireside chat with executive women in leadership in Kansas City. 

Dianne will share her wisdom Jan. 18, 2017, 11:45 a.m. - 1 p.m. at Central Exchange Downtown (1020 Central St., Kansas City, Mo.). Registration* is required. 

In the Conversation from the Top series, you’ll hear inspirational stories from women who have faced challenging issues as they worked their way to the top of their field. They will share insights about their journey and give you things to think about in how you can achieve your own goals. 

January’s speaker, Dianne, is a civic leader and community activist who has over 35 years of experience working in health, human services and education. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Bryn Mawr College and a Master of Arts in Social Psychology from the University of Missouri, Kansas City. She is licensed as a psychologist in the state of Missouri.

The Urban Neighborhood Initiative is one of the Kansas City Chamber of Commerce’s Big 5 ideas, formed to help revitalize neighborhoods in the urban core. Current major initiatives include development of a Purpose Built Community and a Collective Impact Initiative to address Vacant Housing. 
Previous positions include: president of Symmetry Consulting LLC specializing in human services, educational reform and cultural competence; chief administrative officer for the Kansas City Missouri School District; coordinator of Governor Bob Holden’s state-wide initiative for families and children; director of community development for Truman Medical Center; and mental health director at Swope Parkway Health Center where she led the center in development of a wide array of programs for adults and children.

She currently serves as board chair of the Jacob and Ella Loose Foundation, Kansas City Neighborhood Academy Charter School, on the board of the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation, as a trustee of University of Missouri at Kansas City, and on advisory boards for the Kansas City STEM Alliance and Women’s Foundation of Greater Kansas City.  

Dianne has provided leadership as chairperson of: United Way of Greater Kansas City, the Jackson County Charter Review Task Force; Starlight Theater Board; Missouri Coalition of Community Mental Health Centers, Kansas City Kids Safe Governing Council; Community Network for Behavioral Health Care; Statewide Task Force on African-American Issues in Mental Health; Renaissance West Substance Abuse Treatment Facility; and the Rose Brooks Center. 
Diane has served as co-chair of the Kansas City Early Child Education Commission, the city-wide campaign to renew the earnings tax and the Kansas City host committee, National Conference of Black Mayors. She has served on the National Board of the Girl Scouts and the boards of Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey, Kauffman Foundation Youth Development Board and COMBAT Anti-Drug Commission.
Her awards include the Athena Leadership Award; Alumnus of the Year, University of Missouri at Kansas City, College of Arts and Sciences; Greater K.C. Women’s Political Caucus Pillar Award; Starlight Theater Star Award; Honorary Inductee National Jesuit Honor Society; Presidents Award, Kansas City Southern Christian Leadership Conference; Kindest Kansas Citian Honoree; Delta Sigma Theta Woman of Courage Award; and Woman of the Year, Missouri Legislative Black Caucus; “Friend In Deed” Award, Metropolitan Lutheran Ministries; and GLAD (Gay/Lesbian Alliance) Leadership Award.

She is married to Congressman Emanuel Cleaver and they are the proud parents of four young adults and proud grandparents of five.
Can’t attend this event? Be sure to look for our next event on Feb. 16, 2017 featuring speaker Joy Wheeler, CEO of Girl Scouts of N.E. Kansas and N.W. Missouri.  
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