NOTE: Given the current pandemic, we have gone virtual with Zoom-based events. Click here to view our calendar. All events are recorded and made available on the FIA site as well as on our social media channels.
FIA has luncheons, special events, fundraisers, Happy Hours and a Fairfax Festival each year. Luncheons typically fall on the second Thursday of the month except July, October and December where we do not have a luncheon. Average attendance is 80 and they are usually held at a business in our district with a variety of speakers and topics. In October we have our annual Fairfax Festival instead of a luncheon. Happy Hours periodically pop up throughout the year.
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Luncheon Videos – All luncheons are recorded on video and shared with FIA members. They can also be viewed on the Fairfax Forum (click here), along with other posts and highlights related to the FIA. It’s a great way to stay informed.
Video from our last luncheon.
Given the current pandemic, we have gone virtual with Zoom-based events. Click here to view our calendar. All events are recorded and made available on the FIA site as well as on our social media channels.
Speaker: Dawn Hammatt is the director of the Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum, and Boyhood Home in Abilene, Kansas. The Eisenhower Presidential Library is one of 15 presidential libraries operated by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). She’s been in her current role since 2016. Prior to her career with NARA, she managed the design and fabrication of a new 22,000-square-foot exhibition at the Mississippi Arts and Entertainment Experience. Working in the museum field her entire career predominantly in New Orleans for local, state, and private organizations, Dawn has overseen disaster recovery efforts following two natural disasters. Her work, chiefly in collections management and administration, has always focused on safety and security of the holdings.
Topic: Dawn will provide an overview of the Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum 22-acre campus with an emphasis on the newly renovated exhibits and Q&A at the end.
Juliann Van Liew, UG Health Director will also give an update on WYCO/KCK Covid Vaccinations
Speaker: A name well known in the Kansas City area, Representative Sharice Davids has served the 3rd congressional district since 2019. When she was sworn into the 116th Congress, Rep. Davids became one of the first two Native American women to serve in Congress. Rep. Davids has centered her work in office on putting Kansans first, fighting to limit the influence of special interests and make health care more affordable and accessible to everyone. She is a resident of Roeland Park.
Representative Davids has worked closely with the FIA and we are excited to have her for this virtual round table session.
Topic: Latest developments on the political scene in her district and a look forward at 2021.
Event Sponsor: CBIZ
Speaker: Deidre Anderson, CEO of United Inner City Services (UICS), has extensive experience in the fields of education, community development, and child welfare. With a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a master’s degree in public administration, she understands how early learning lays the foundation for future academic success. Anderson was named the 2019 Evelyn Wasserstrom Award Recipient for her ongoing efforts to ensure students in Kansas City have equitable access to high-quality Pre-K education. Under Anderson’s innovative leadership, UICS is leading the way in Pre-K education and empowering students and families to reach their fullest potential with creative curriculum additions, expanded partnerships, and state-wide advocacy for early childhood education.
Topic: The Business Case for Pre-K Education. Deidre will be addressing supporting data, especially regional, that supports Pre-K education being the bedrock of creating a workforce capable of meeting the needs of businesses (in the long term) and maintaining a workforce by considering the quality childcare needs of their employees (in the short term).
Event Sponsor: TBD
Speaker: As President of Kansas City Kansas Community College, Dr. Greg Mosier is a tested and experienced leader, having served higher education in the community college and university settings for almost 30 years. Experienced working in complex state and university led systems and the independent community college setting, Dr. Mosier brings breadth and depth of experiences to the institutions and communities he serves. Previously serving as vice president of academic affairs at Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology, Mosier returned to follow his passion of serving the comprehensive community college mission in 2015 as vice president of academic affairs and executive vice president, academic affairs at Rochester Community and Technical College (RCTC). In 2018, he became president of Kansas City Kansas Community College (KCKCC).
With his passion for the community college mission and providing open-door access to not only educational opportunities, but academic success, Dr. Mosier is working with the College’s dedicated and talented faculty and staff, and external stakeholders, to build teams that remove barriers and increase the equity of educational opportunities and support mechanisms to close the achievement gap in underserved and at risk student populations.
Topic: Overview of the KCKCC Downtown Community Education Center project. Dr. Mosier will share this transformative project that will have a positive educational and economic impact for eastern Wyandotte County area.
Here’s an overview of this exciting project:
overview of project
Event Sponsor: TBD