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501(c) Success National Speaker Series: with Dr. DeAngela Burns-Wallace

October 26, 2023 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 pm CDT


The 501(c) Success National Speaker Series is a prestigious event that invites distinguished thought leaders to Kansas City, where they share their insights on the most current research and trends within the nonprofit sector.

Throughout the year, we are honored to host three nationally renowned experts who delve into cutting-edge topics, dissect best practices, and offer invaluable insights aimed at enhancing the positive social impact of our community.

This series represents an exceptional opportunity for the Kansas City community to connect and interact with extraordinary nonprofit leaders right in our own backyard. It’s a chance to learn, engage, and collaborate with those at the forefront of creating positive change.

We are thrilled to announce that among our esteemed speakers, we have the privilege of welcoming a local thought leader and the new CEO of the Ewing Marion Kaufman Foundation, Dr. DeAngela Burns-Wallace, who will share her unique perspectives and expertise with our community.

Dr. DeAngela Burns-Wallace

Dr. DeAngela Burns-Wallace ED. D., is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. With more than $2.5B in assets, the Kauffman Foundation is one of the largest private foundations in the United States and approaches its work from the middle of the country with a solid Midwest mindset ? working to build practical and workable solutions to today?s challenges.

Dr. Burns-Wallace is an award-winning public sector leader and educator who has championed policies and leveraged resources to improve lives and communities around the world. For more than 25 years, her leadership has created equitable and broader access to opportunities, shaped policies that expand resources, and better positioned communities to thrive intellectually, economically, and civically.

Through her work with educational institutions, government, business leaders, and community organizations, Dr. Burns-Wallace is recognized for her ability to envision and implement innovative, data-informed solutions in dynamic and complex organizations that yield sustainable impact.

Prior to accepting her new role, Dr. Burns-Wallace was the Secretary of Administration and the Chief Information Technology Officer for the State of Kansas under Gov. Laura Kelly. She is the first African American to hold either cabinet seat in the state?s history. Prior to Governor Kelly?s appointment, she had a 15-year career in higher education, serving at the University of Kansas as Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, the University of Missouri as Assistant Vice Provost of Undergraduate Education, and Assistant Vice Provost for Enrollment Management, and at Stanford University as an Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Admissions. Dr. Burns-Wallace began her career as a diplomat with the U.S. Department of State, serving tours in China, South Africa, and Washington, D.C. She was trained in French and Mandarin Chinese.

Service is also a cornerstone of her journey. Dr. Burns-Wallace was elected to the Stanford University Board of Trustees in 2020, and she previously held board roles in numerous local, regional, and national organizations, including the College Board and Heart of Missouri United Way. She was recently elected to the prestigious Council on Foreign Relations as a life member. She is also a member of numerous organizations focused on service and philanthropic engagement, including Alpha Kappa Alpha, Sorority Inc., Jack and Jill of America ? Johnson County Chapter, and The Sister Circle.

Throughout her career, Dr. Burns-Wallace has been selected for numerous honors and awards, most recently as 2022 Kansas City CIO of the Year ? Public Sector. Previous honors include the 2018 White House Champions of Change for College Opportunity and Superior and Meritorious Honor awards from the U.S. State Department.

Dr. Burns-Wallace?s depth of experience has made her a sought-after expert, keynote speaker, and national trainer on topics including diversity, equity, and inclusion; talent development; organizational behavior; operational effectiveness; strategic management; and authentic leadership.

Dr. Burns-Wallace holds a dual bachelor?s degree in international relations and African American studies from Stanford University, a Master’s in Public Affairs from Princeton University, and a doctorate in education from the University of Pennsylvania. She currently holds a faculty appointment at the University of Southern California.

The most important title to this Kansas City native is Mom to her son, Xavier.

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October 26, 2023
9:30 am - 11:30 pm CDT


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Kauffman Foundation Conference Center
4801 Rockhill Road
Kansas City, Missouri 64110
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