Women's Leadership Summit

The American Royal is excited to host the 3rd annual American Royal Leadership Summit. Join us for a morning of learning, development, and networking as we explore the leadership qualities known as agrarian values. We will be focusing on resilience and grit and how these values can contribute to results when applied to your personal and professional life.


The Summit will be held June 11 from 8:30 am - 12:00 pm at the Kauffman Foundation Conference Center located at 4801 Rockhill Rd., Kansas City, MO 64110. (Registration begins at 8:00 am.)



Keynote Presentation - RISING WITH RESILIENCE

Lindsey Roy

Vice President
Hallmark Cards

Lindsey Roy is a brilliant storyteller with a captivating story.  A tragic boating accident while on vacation almost claimed Lindsey’s life and left her with an amputated left leg, severely injured right leg and injured right arm. Through a challenging recovery process, Lindsey learned impactful lessons on how to harness disruption and find clarity in the chaos. Click for Full Bio

Panel Discussion - GROWING UP WITH GRIT

Chris Chinn

Missouri Department of Agriculture

Chris Chinn, a fifth generation Missouri farmer from Clarence, was named Director of the Missouri Department of Agriculture in January 2017 by Missouri Governor Eric R. Greitens. Director Chinn has held leadership positions in agriculture on the local, state and national level for more than 12 years, working to move the state’s agriculture industry forward. Click for Full Bio

Darrin Jones

Special Agent
Kansas City Division, FBI

Darrin Jones was appointed as Special Agent in Charge of the the Kansas City Division in March 2017. In this position, Mr. Jones
will oversee the Kansas City Division headquarters and the eight satellite offices that together cover the entire State of Kansas and the Western District of Missouri. Click for Full Bio

Gordon Lansford

President and CEO
JE Dunn Construction

Gordon Lansford was named President and Chief Executive Officer of JE Dunn Construction Company on January 1, 2014. He is the first non-Dunn family CEO in the 95-year history of the company.  As President and CEO, Gordon oversees the operations of five regions and 23 offices as well as the corporate staff. Click for Full Bio

Interactive Sessions - DIGGING DEEP

J.J. Jones

Roots & Legacies

Turning consumer insights into action for today’s food system energizes J.J. Jones. He has continued to enhance his agriculture, communication, and leadership skills from the strong foundation that began while growing up in a diversified agribusiness family and being an active member of both 4-H and FFA. Click for Full Bio


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