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University of Central Missouri
Warrensburg, MO 64093
Contact: Mike Greife
WARRENSBURG - 11/02/2006 - UCM's Women's Studies Program will host the Honorable Kay Barnes, mayor of Kansas City, MO, Monday, Nov. 6. Barnes will speak from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on "Women and the Democratic Process" in Elliott Union 237B. She also will discuss her career in business and public service. The event is free and open to the public.
Elected First Woman Mayor of Kansas City
Barnes was elected the first woman mayor of Kansas City in 1999 and re-elected to a second term in 2003. She became interested in public service in the late 1960s while working, first as a volunteer and then as a paid staff member, for the Cross-Lines Cooperative Council in Kansas City's urban core. She helped found the Women's Resource Service at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and developed multicultural women's speaking panels throughout the western United States.
Served in City, County Governments
In 1974 she was one of two women to serve in the Jackson County Legislature, and she was elected to a four-year term on the city council in Kansas City in 1979. She also served as chairwoman of the Tax Increment Financing Commission from 1996 to 1998.
Also Active as Businesswoman and Educator
For 23 years Barnes has been president of Kay Waldo, Inc., a human resources development firm specializing in communications, leadership development, management and supervision, team building and time and stress management. She also has been active in broadcasting and is the co-author of a book on time management. She has taught college-level courses at the University of Kansas and Central Michigan University, and she is co-founder of the Central Exchange.
Named one of Seven Outstanding Women in KC
She has served as officer or director of a variety of civic and professional organizations, and was named one of seven Outstanding Women in Kansas City in 1977.
Barnes received a bachelor's degree in secondary education from the University of Kansas and a master's degree in secondary education and public administration and organized behavior from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
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