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.

Two Bull Sessions were held in June and July with American Royal leadership guest speakers: Cynthia Savage, Jeanette Prenger, Gordon Lansford, and Jackie Klippenstein in an intimate conversation on how they are leading the Kansas City business and civic communities through a pandemic, highlighting the agrarian values: Adaptability and Commitment.

On August 12, the American Royal will host the 4th annual Leadership Summit virtually.  This will be a morning filled with three different sessions for one price $25, there will be great insight and conversation surrounding the agrarian value, Authenticity.

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


  • Leadership Summit - First Session

    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.

    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.

  • Leadership Summit - Second Session

    The second session of the morning will be split into small group discussions where you can interact with fellow attendees and learn from one another.

  • Leadership Summit - Third Session

    To end the morning we will all meet back as a large group for an inspiring message from Adam Miller.

    Adam Miller - Adam serves as the Director, Green Fellowship for Teach For America (TFA). This fellowship provides leadership development and unique, intimate networking opportunities for TFA alumni to expand their sphere of influence in the city. He is a proud graduate of Kansas State University with a master’s degree in Spanish Second Language Acquisition . Following his time there, he was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship and lived abroad in Mendoza, Argentina for a year, which transformed him into not only a more well-versed academic, but a wine aficionado. By combining his passion for giving with his love of wine, Adam and his best friends founded Aquam Vinos, a company that leverages winemaking as a conduit to give back through various charities. In his spare time, he is an active alumni of the Centurions Leadership Program, serves as a board member for Big Brothers Big Sisters, and is a founding board member for The BrandLab, a non-profit that creates inroads for students of diverse backgrounds to engage in creative industries and advertising.