About us

Beginning with French aristocrats in the 1800's, bow ties have marked men of distinction for years, and have become a fashion staple of the South. Here in Kansas City, many of the most visible men are seen sporting Bow Ties: Mayor Sly James, Former Mayor, Wheeler, and Negro Leagues Baseball Museum‘s Director, Bob Kendrick and you, just to name a few.

 

Besides being a fashion trend, there is a more sustainable (important) reason for this conference. Read this account of a recent experience: “During a scholarship event, I was tying my grandson’s tie as he prepared to receive a Kauffman scholar award. Before long, I had twelve teenagers who needed help tying their tie. I was happy to do it but it is clear this skill is needed. Some of our young men may not have someone in their lives to teach them.”

 

 

Kansas City launched the inaugural Bow Ties and Ties Youth Leadership Conference on June 15, 2015.  This annual event began a tradition of providing meaningful information and skills for youth and their families. Conference topics include money management, etiquette, community service, education, entrepreneurship and personal responsibility.

 

It is also an opportunity to raise funds for organizations that provide experiences and skills that enhance the mind and expand the horizons of our youth. Proceeds from this event will benefit organizations and causes that work to develop young boys to become successful men of substance who are prepared for adulthood and civic responsibilities

 

The forth annual Bow Ties and Ties Youth Leadership Conference will be held on June 2, 2018.  This annual event continues a tradition of providing meaningful information and skills for youth and their families. H. David Whalen beliefs are, “That if you look good, you’ll feel good and if you feel good you’ll probably do good!”

 

It is also an opportunity to raise funds for organizations that provide experiences and skills that enhance the mind and expand the horizons of our youth.

 

Retired Lt. General Russel Honore, who successfully commanded the joint Task Force on Katrina in New Orleans in 2005 and appointed by former President George W. Bush and leadership expert is our keynote speaker.

 

We invite you to participate in supporting this great project and contributing to the growth and development of our most valuable resource: our youth.  Attached are the opportunities and a description of the sponsorship benefits.

OUR VISION

Saturday, June 2, 2018
9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Bruce R. Watkins Cultural Heritage Center 
3700 Blue Parkway
Kansas City, MO  64130
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