Leadership Series

The American Royal is excited to present the 2020 Leadership Series. Thanks to the success of the American Royal Leadership Summit, this Series was developed as a means to highlight the local leaders in business who support the American Royal.

This summer the American Royal will host three opportunities to engage with the 2020 Leadership Series and explore how agrarian values are learned and applied in the personal and professional lives of the American Royal leadership.

Each Bull Session is an intimate conversation with American Royal leadership on how they are leading the Kansas City business and civic communities through a pandemic.

  • Bull Session #1 - June

    Join us for a personal Zoom conversation with two of Kansas City’s great business leaders.  Only 15 spots available. $40

    Tuesday, June 30, 5:00 - 6:00 PM


    A fun happy hour chat with two of Kansas City’s great business leaders, Cynthia Savage and Jeannette Prenger, regarding the agrarian value, Adaptability.  This small group will discuss how they have adapted to the changes in hospitality and learned to course correct while leading a team through a pandemic.


    Cynthia Pistilli Savage - Cynthia is a Partner and Vice President of The Raphael Group and Director of Marketing for the Kansas City Marriott Downtown. She is a passionate advocate for the city as a travel and tourism destination. Cynthia’s hospitality industry leadership includes executive committee appointments at the local, state and national levels of the American Hotel & Lodging Association.

    Jeanette Hernandez Prenger - Jeanette is Founder and President of ECCO Select. Jeanette started her career as a software developer and was promoted into various management positions during her experience at leading companies, such as Sprint, DST and TWA. She is extremely active in nonprofit organizations and serves on numerous boards and advisory councils, some including Visit KC, the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce and Boy Scouts of America.

  • Bull Session #2 - July

    Join us for a personal Zoom conversation with two of Kansas City’s great business leaders.  Only 15 spots available. $40

    Tuesday, July 21, 5:00 - 6:00 PM


    More information coming soon.

  • Leadership Summit - August

    The third session will be our traditional Leadership Summit, held virtually in August.  It will be a morning filled with great insight and conversation surrounding the agrarian value Authenticity.  $25

    Wednesday, August 12, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM


    Mariner Kemper and Charlie Tetrick will be joining us for the first session to discuss how they have stayed true to themselves during this difficult time.  The second part of the day will be split into small group discussions where you can interact with fellow attendees and learn from one another. To end the day we will all meet back as a large group for an inspiring message.

    Mariner Kemper - Mariner is president, chairman and chief executive officer for UMB Financial Corporation. He has been with the company for more than 20 years and has served many roles including president of UMB Bank Colorado, n.a. and executive vice president of UMB Financial Corporation. He has been in his current role since May 2004.

    Charlie Tetrick - Charlie is the President and CEO of Walz Tetrick Advertising. An entrepreneur from a young age, he started an agency fresh out of college. He merged to become a managing partner then sole owner of Walz Tetrick.