Upcoming events

    • Friday, February 28, 2020
    • 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
    • Port KC, 110 Berkley Plaza, Kansas City MO 64120
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    Our featured speaker is Tiffany Melvin, J.D.


    Congratulations the United States and Mexico for their ratification of the USMCA / CUSMA / T-MEC!  We eagerly await the same from Canada. The agreement will benefit all North Americans, and will ensure our continent’s competitiveness and dominance in the global marketplace for years to come. It is, however, only an agreement. North Americans must not be complacent. We must work every day to insist our governments and industry ACT on the platform provided by the new USMCA / CUSMA / T-MEC. We must continue to develop the relationships, trust, respect, shared ideas and opportunities to ensure our North American continent is the most competitive trading block on earth – and the benefits and prosperity are understood and realized by every North American. 

    Tiffany Melvin, J.D. has led NASCO (North American Strategy for Competitiveness) for 22 of its 25 years – first as the Executive Director of NASCO, and then as its President.

    Under her vision and leadership, and with the dedication of the NASCO Team, the organization has grown into a widely respected, tri-national coalition focusing on freight logistics, energy and the environment, and growing North America’s skilled workforce. She directs NASCO with an aggressive, far reaching, cooperative approach to solving critical issues impacting the efficient, secure and sustainable movement of freight throughout North America.

    Tiffany also serves on the U.S. Department of Commerce Advisory Council on Supply Chain Competitiveness and is the Chairman of its Innovation, Technology and Strategic Competitiveness Sub-committee and Co-Chairman of the NAFTA Task Force, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Advisory Council’s Border Infrastructure Task Force, the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC) Leadership Council, the North Central Texas Council of Governments’ Regional Freight Advisory Committee, the Central Texas Council of Governments’ Regional Freight Advisory Council, the Bi-national Board of Directors of the U.S. Mexico Chamber of Commerce, and is a founding Board member of the Canada Texas Chamber of Commerce.

    Tiffany is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin, holding a BBA in International Business, with minors in Marketing and Spanish. She received her Juris Doctor degree from St. Mary’s University School of Law in San Antonio in 1995, and is a certified mediator and arbitrator.

    Join us for a light breakfast and heavy discussion of USMCA (new NAFTA).

    Seating is limited! Register early to guarantee your spot.

    Free parking is available on the street.

    • Friday, March 06, 2020
    • 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
    • Grand Street Cafe, 4740 Grand Ave., KC MO 64112

    Fifth Annual Women in International Business

    Evolution of Women’s Roles: Connect. Inspire. Empower.

    Many women have different experiences within their work environment as compared to men. One example of disparity is the fact that only 5% of Fortune 500 CEOs are women. Despite the challenges in international business today, many women are working very effectively in the global marketplace. Join us in celebrating and empowering women whose work in Kansas City is making an impact around the globe. Connect with others in international business and hear from three iconic women of KC who will share inspiring stories on cultural diversity, career challenges, and secrets of success.

    Andrea Hendricks

    Director of Diversity and Inclusion


    Fang Shen

    Husch Blackwell Law Firm


    Beth Ward

    Sr. V.P. & Corporate Officer – Supply Chain
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    Carolyn Glasow  (Moderator)

    Sales and Business Development Director
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    Sponsorships are available. See opportunities here.

    • Friday, April 24, 2020
    • 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
    • Kansas City Economic Development Council, 300 Wyandotte St., Suite 400, Kansas City MO 64105

    Save the Date!

    Featured speaker will be LTC James "Randy" Johnson, Assistant Professor.

    From the Department of Joint, Interagency and Multinational Operations (DJIMO) at the Command and General Staff College (GCSC) in Leavenworth, KS.

    Professor Johnson will focus on how geopolitical realities are shaping markets in Southeast Asia versus true market analysis.

    • Friday, July 24, 2020
    • 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
    • TBA

    Save the Date!

    Featured speaker will be Dan Ward, Director of Trade Finance at Western Forms.

    • Friday, October 23, 2020
    • 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
    • TBA

    Save the Date!

    Featured speaker will be announced soon.

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