Women of Leadership


Our lunch-and-learn Leadership Series is open to both men and women and features leaders/speakers in business,  entrepreneurship,  government and more.  Members of NSA-KC attend for free!  It is a great  opportunity for you to invite your clients/prospects to a fabulous, professional leadership experience — and a great chance for your to connect with people from the KC area.


What do Kay Barnes, Courtney Thomas, Sara Li and Angela Clabon have in common? They are all Women of Leadership and know how to build momentum, influence outcomes, and motivate others! Come and hear how you too can create results!

Kay Barnes is director for university engagement at Park University. She represents the University as an ambassador in its government relations and business development initiatives. She also delivers public presentations and connects colleagues across the University with external stakeholders.

Barnes began her career at Park in 2007 as the founding director of the University’s Center for Leadership and as a distinguished professor for public leadership within the Hauptmann School of Public Affairs. Previously, Barnes served as the first female mayor in the history of Kansas City, Mo., from 1999 to 2007.


Angela Archibald-Clabon is CEO of CareSTL Health in St. Louis. She has strong expertise in all areas of health care management with over 30 years in financial and cost management. Clabon has founded both profit and nonprofit organizations including JA's Youth Fitness Club and lead an executive team in the development of a 35,000 square foot health center. With an MBA from Webster University in Finance and a BSBA in Business Administration - Accounting, she values the key facets of all matters financial. Clabon is a member of the Healthcare Financial Management Association, National Association of Black Accountants, and Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. She recently graduated from the UCLA Executive Leadership Program in August 2013.

Sara Li is an award winning (Webby's, 30 Under 30, etc) news personality and the founder of Project Consent, an international organization against sexual assault. Sara started her career at the age of 14 as a business journalism intern in Kansas; she has then climbed the ranks of national media and gone on to write for and be featured in Paper, Complex, Cosmopolitan and more. In addition to her media career, Sara is a regular fashion correspondent for New York Fashion Week. She is a United Nations Youth Delegate and heavily involved with local non-profits in Kansas City (Operation Breakthrough, Fashion Honor Autism). Sara is passionate about sustainable fashion, equal education, and making the world a little bit brighter with her work.

For the last 20 years, Courtney Thomas has served in executive leadership roles helping organizations thrive in financial growth, culture and market position. She is a big-picture visionary with an entrepreneurial mindset and keen execution. What really fills her bucket is relationship building. She feels most fulfilled when she can help others achieve their goals. In February 2017, Thomas was named President & CEO of Central Exchange, a leadership development organization in Kansas City. In her first six months of service at Central Exchange, financial performance improved six figures to budget and she led a complete organizational revitalization campaign, unveiling a new vision, mission, logo, website and membership model.

Seating is limited. Must be registered by April 19.

When: Friday, April 26, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM. Doors open at 11:30. Program starts promptly at 12:00. Lunch is provided.

Where: Pierson Auditorium, UMKC Campus, 5000 Holmes, Kansas City, MO

Parking: Please arrive early to find parking so you are in your seat by 12:00. Metered parking is $1.25 per hour, cash only (no cards). If you have difficulty finding the location on April 26, call Steven at 913-406-3824.


Cost: Free for NSA-KC members, $30 for nonmembers/guests.



Registration closes April 19.


NSA-KC members click here.


Guests/nonmembers click on the button below ($30).


Please note: If you registered for this event when it was originally scheduled in February but canceled due to weather, you are still registered and down for attending on April 26. If you cannot attend on April 26, please email admin@nsa-kc.org so we can cancel your registration. Thank you.