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On June 15, 2022, NIRI Announced its 2021 – 2022 Chapter Volunteers of the Year. Ashley Thorne, Vice President of Investor Relations for Kansas City Southern, received the award for the Kansas City chapter. Ashley served as Programs Chair for the NIRI-KC chapter in recent years, coordinating both in-person and hybrid events that made a significant contribution to the local membership. Thank you Ashley for all your great work!

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On February 27th, 2023 NIRI National President and CEO Matt Brusch joined our KC NIRI chapter for dinner at Jack Stack and a “Fireside Chat.” It was a pleasure to have Matt join us in person. We enjoyed a tasty barbecue dinner and a lively conversation about “all things NIRI.”

On December 5th, 2022, the KC NIRI Chapter held its Holiday Dinner at Garozzo’s Italian Restaurant. The group was delighted to get back together for what has been an annual holiday tradition, interrupted by the pandemic. It was an evening of great food and lively discussion among IR colleagues.

On August 23rd, 2022, our KC NIRI Chapter enjoyed a well-attended outing at a Kansas City Monarchs game at Legends Field. It was great to be out at the ballpark enjoying comradery with our NIRI friends and colleagues!

On May 5th, 2022, NIRI Kansas City held a fun outing at Top Golf in Overland Park. It was good to get our members together for a relaxing event after few opportunities for in-person gatherings throughout the pandemic. There were seasoned golfers in attendance along with a few “newbies.” Everyone had a chance to swing a club – and check their speed and distance – while enjoying cool beverages and tasty appetizers.

On November 4th, 2021 our Kansas City NIRI chapter held a program sponsored by Okapi Partners entitled “Proxy Season Outlook: Investor Sentiment in 2022 and Beyond.” Our first dinner event in many months was held at Brio Italian Grille and included a lively discussion about the upcoming proxy season as well as shareholder engagement, ESG and activism.

On April 7th, 2021, NIRI Kansas City hosted a virtual meeting, "Decoding the Larry Fink Letter," sponsored by Rivel. David Bobker, Rivel’s Senior Vice President and Managing Director of Governance and Sustainability, and members of Rivel’s Governance and Sustainability team, led an informative and timely discussion on Larry Fink’s 2021 Letter to CEOs and how it applies to corporations. The group discussed climate change risks & opportunities, integrating SASB and TCFD, human capital management, setting goals & targets and bringing it all together.

On December 10, 2020, NIRI Kansas City hosted a virtual meeting, "Post-Election Debrief and Anticipated Business or Economic Effects," sponsored by Nasdaq. Participants received two bottles of wine in advance of the meeting, then enjoyed a wine tasting discussion facilitated by Cellar Rat Wine Merchants. The wine tasting was followed by a presentation by Nasdaq Chief Economist Phil Mackintosh. All-in-all, a fun, yet informative, event!

Interested in Sponsorship Opportunities?

NIRI Kansas City is pleased to announce sponsorship opportunities for this year's programs. Any firm that participates will be listed as part of the NIRI-KC website yearly calendar and included on signage at each event. For sponsorship opportunities, please email us at

NIRI Career Transition Program

The NIRI Career Transition program assists members who become unemployed. The program suspends national membership dues for a period of up to twelve months at the end of their current membership term. Members will continue to receive national member benefits, including access to the Career Center, salary survey, e-learning, and networking opportunities.

Members must be unemployed and active, dues-paying members at the time of application. This program is not retroactive for previous periods of unemployment.

If members are re-employed during the dues suspension, they are expected to renew their paid membership with NIRI at that time.

Approval is conditional upon NIRI review and qualification for the program. Application forms are available at in the Members section.

What’s on Your Mind?

Have an idea for a program, topic or speaker? How about a suggestion on where to host a meeting? Let us know! We want to provide programming that fits your needs. Email us at to tell us what’s on your mind.