2022 Leadership Series - Thomas Friedman

Thomas Friedman Headshot
Thursday, March 24, 2022 - 4:00pm
Kauffman Performing Arts Center

1601 Broadway Blvd, Kansas City, MO 64108
4:00 pm VIP | 5:00 pm Program and Reception

The Rockhurst University Leadership Series, presented by the Rockhurst University Leaders Council and CommunityAmerica Credit Union, welcomes Thomas Friedman, the Bestselling author of “The World is Flat” and New York Times foreign affairs columnist,  as this year’s speaker.  Friedman will keynote the 2022 Leadership Series, speaking on "Helping Today’s Leaders Understand Big Trends Shaping the World: Economics, Technology, and Geopolitics".

Secure Your Sponsorships
Priority reservations are now open - view sponsorship levels below. To secure your sponsorship, please contact Amy Reardon, RU corporate relations, at amy.reardon@rockhurst.edu or 816-501-4574.

Individual Tickets
We will have a limited number of individual tickets for purchase here: $100/standard ticket and $50/young professional (under 35).

About Thomas Friedman
As “the country's best newspaper columnist” (Vanity Fair), Friedman is renowned for his direct reporting and accessible analysis of complex issues shaping the world. According to Foreign Policy magazine, “Friedman doesn’t just report on events; he helps shape them.” A three-time Pulitzer Prize Winner, he has covered monumental stories from around the globe for The New York Times since 1981.

With clear and compelling language, Friedman discusses the opportunities and challenges that profound “accelerations,” including technology and connectivity, pose for society as well as for individuals, businesses, and governments. He also explores solutions — on a local and global level — to ensure the future of work, skills, income, and prosperity.  

In his latest bestseller, Thank You for Being Late: An Optimist's Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations, Friedman offers a blueprint for overcoming the stresses and challenges of a world being transformed by technology, globalization, and climate change.

Rashford-Lyon Award for Leadership and Ethics
The 2022 event will recognize Joe Reardon, ’90, with its Rashford-Lyon Award for Leadership and Ethics. This award honors recipients who exemplify high ethical standards of business conduct with excellence in leadership as demonstrated by outstanding initiative, impact of work and inspiration to others. Reardon is former Mayor/CEO of the Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kansas, and President and CEO of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce.

The Rashford-Lyon Award is named for two of Rockhurst’s influential leaders: the late Tom Lyon, Ph.D., and the Rev. Nick Rashford, S.J. The award, established in 2014, honors recipients who exemplify high ethical standards of business conduct with excellence in leadership as demonstrated by outstanding initiative, impact of work and inspiration to others. Past recipients include Tom Lyon, Ph.D., Jane Chu, Ph.D., ’05 EMBA, Mayor Sly James, ’80, Patricia Cleary Miller, Ph.D., Tom McCullough, ’64, Tom McDonnell, ’66, Jean Dunn, Wendy Doyle, ’94, Lisa Ginter, ’87, Ama Karikari, M.D., ’07, Marny Sherman, ’75, and Bridgette Williams, ’16 EMBA.

 

 

Presenting Sponsor, $50,000*


Community America

*Sponsorship secured by CommunityAmerica Credit Union

  • Premier seating for 30 guests
  • Representative in the live program of the event
  • VIP reception & photo opportunity for six with Thomas Friedman and exclusive time with outgoing University President, Fr. Thomas B. Curran, S.J.
  • Company logo on all event materials, webpage, and in RU magazine
  • Exclusive VIP registration prior to the event
  • VIP guest experience
  • Title sponsorship listing and acknowledgment in all marketing materials
  • Complimentary gift for each guest
  • Valet parking for guests 

 

Magis Sponsor, $25,000 


  • Premier seating for 25 guests
  • VIP reception & photo opportunity for four with Thomas Friedman and exclusive time with outgoing University President, Fr. Thomas B. Curran, S.J.
  • Company logo on all event materials, webpage, and in RU magazine
  • Exclusive VIP registration prior to the event
  • VIP guest experience
  • Premier listing and acknowledgment in event program
  • Complimentary gift for each guest
  • Valet parking for guests 

 

VIP Reception Sponsor, $20,000*


Tria Health Logo

 

*Sponsorship secured by Tria Health

  • Premier seating for 20 guests
  • VIP reception & photo opportunity for ten with Thomas Friedman and exclusive time with outgoing University President, Fr. Thomas B. Curran, S.J.
  • Exclusive logo placement during reception and in photo gift to all VIP reception guests
  • Exclusive VIP registration prior to the event
  • VIP guest experience
  • Premier listing and acknowledgment in event program
  • Company logo on all event materials, webpage, and in RU magazine
  • Complimentary gift for each guest
  • Two valet parking vouchers 

 

Jesuit Sponsor, $10,000


  • Premium seating for 15 guests
  • VIP reception & photo opportunity for two with Thomas Friedman and exclusive time with outgoing University President, Fr. Thomas B. Curran, S.J.
  • Exclusive VIP registration prior to the event
  • Listing and acknowledgment in event program
  • Company logo on all event materials, webpage, and in RU magazine
  • Complimentary gift for each guest 
  • Two valet parking vouchers

 

Kansas City Sponsor, $5,000


  • Preferred seating for 15 guests
  • Listing and acknowledgment in event program
  • Company logo on all event materials, webpage, and in RU magazine
  • Express guest registration
  • Complimentary gift for each guest 

 

Mission Sponsor, $1,850


  • Seating for 15 guests
  • Listing and acknowledgment in event program
  • Express guest registration
  • Complimentary gift for each guest