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Chatting for Change

Rob Adams, Gloria Rudd, Dan Nilsen
Rob Adams, Gloria Rudd, Dan Nilsen

We were delighted and honored to be invited to the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts on this gorgeous Tuesday morning for the very first CHAT Series speaker announcement.

Powered by Bishop-McCann—a brand experiences agency with offices in Kansas City—CHAT is a series of live events designed to enable positive change through engagement, education and inspiration.

Reminiscent of a contemporary take on Franklin D. Roosevelt’s fireside chats, Rob Adams, CEO and president of Bishop-McCann, comments, “When you think about the really critical events that have happened in the world, they always start with one thing. They always start with a chat.”

Each series consists of three individual live events focused on one central subject. “We’re bringing different topics to the community. We’ve selected topics that are current and ones that are maybe even difficult or sometimes uncomfortable to talk about,” says Dan Nilsen, founder and chairman of Bishop-McCann.

The topic chosen for the inaugural CHAT Series launching mid-October is one that has gained much public awareness in recent months through such efforts as the HeForShe Campaign. The first topic is women’s empowerment.

Bringing the subject of women’s empowerment to life are three female speakers who, through their personal experiences and stories, are passionate about improving the opportunities available to women and young girls.

The first speaker in the series is actress, comedian, director, producer and writer Amy Poehler. Although best recognized as an actress, Poehler also serves as Ambassador of Arts for the Worldwide Orphans Foundation and is a prominent advocate for women and children’s empowerment and equality across the globe. Poehler will be speaking at the Kauffman on October 13.

The second speaker in the women’s empowerment series may be less of a household name but is equally as passionate about the cause. Liz Murray is an inspirational speaker and best-selling author of Breaking Night: A Memoir of Forgiveness, Survival and My Journey from Homeless to Harvard. Murray delivers an honest, personal, motivating tale of triumph in the face of adversity. Murray will be speaking at the Kauffman on October 20.

Last, but definitely not least, in this series is Academy Award- and Golden Globe Award-winning actress Geena Davis. Founder and chair of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media—a non-profit with a mission to reduce gender stereotyping and increase the percentage of female characters in entertainment targeting children—Davis is sure to be a compelling close to this series. Davis will be speaking at the Kauffman on November 9.

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