2018 Series

Upcoming Speaker Series events

Future 2018 events will be announced here. To be notified when event registration is available, sign up for our eNews alerts.

September 19, 2018 
Stand for Your Mission
with Anne Wallestad, President & CEO, BoardSource

You're invited to register for this special nonprofit board development opportunity. 

Who should attend?

  • Nonprofit CEOs and their boards
  • Community and advocacy leaders who work with boards or advisory councils
  • Individuals who serve on nonprofit and/or community boards, councils and committees

Learn why and how boards can be powerful influencers and strong advocacy voices to help make change happen. This level of advocacy skill building for nonprofit leaders and boards isn't available in Kansas very often, so take advantage of this opportunity by registering you and your board today.

You may register as an individual or as a group. Our goal is to seat groups together to encourage discussion among those attending from the same organization.

Reimbursement for travel costs is available. Contact info@sunflowerfoundation.org for information.

To learn more about Creating Positive Change Through Board Advocacy at www.standforyourmission.org.

Registration Deadline: September 7, 2018.

Previous events in this Speaker Series

January 10, 2018
Eric LiuEric Liu
of Citizen University and of the Aspen Institute's Citizenship and American Identity Program

Citizen University is a national platform for fostering responsible and empowered citizenship through activation, communication, and education. Citizen University works at the intersection of the public, private, and independent sectors, to democratize the practice of civic power. (Learn more about Citizen University here.)

Eric has spent his career practicing and teaching civic power and engagement. He will discuss his new book, “You’re More Powerful Than You Think,” which:

  • Is a primer on non-partisan, bottom-up citizenship
  • Defines power, how it flows, who has it, and how you can claim and exercise it
  • Teaches you step-by-step how to generate power for you and your organization
  • Shares examples from the left and the right, past and present, of citizens making a difference

Click here to learn more about Eric.

“Why ordinary people need to understand power”
— Eric Liu, TED Talk, Sept. 2013



Carolyn LukensmeyerNovember 8, 2017
Carolyn Lukensmeyer 
of the National Institute for Civil Discourse

Civil Discourse: Essential for a Healthy Democracy”

4:00 PM - 5:30 PM (free and open to the public)
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM reception
at the Spencer Museum of Art, University of Kansas
1301 Mississippi Street, Lawrence, KS 66045

Carolyn Lukensmeyer, author and executive director of the National Institute for Civil Discourse, will lead a discussion about the importance of civil discourse in shaping public policies that improve the lives and wellbeing of all citizens. Among the topics:

  • The Revive Civility & Respect initiative from the National Institute for Civil Discourse
  • What Americans think about the level of public discourse among elected officials
  • What you can do to help increase civility and improve your community's civic engagement
Cover photo: An aerial photo of Menninger Hill in Topeka, Kansas. The Sunflower Foundation will relocate to Menninger Hill in late 2020. Our home will be located directly south of the Tower Building (pictured in this report).