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History Calls Us All to Be Leaders, Says Leadership Series Guest Caroline Kennedy


he keynote speaker for the sixth annual Rockhurst University Leadership Series luncheon, former U.S. Ambassador Caroline Kennedy, told a sold-out audience at the Muehlebach Tower of the Downtown Marriott on April 5 that leadership is powered by the courage to remain committed to one’s own values. In a morning question-and-answer session with students and the luncheon hosted by the Rockhurst University Leaders Council with presenting sponsor CommunityAmerica Credit Union, Kennedy illustrated through historical examples and her own experience that all are called to leadership. “At the end of the day, we are part of a long running story, we just try to get our paragraph right,” she said. “Getting our paragraph right involves soul searching, but it also involves action. We all must take responsibility for writing the chapter of our time.” Also at the luncheon, the University presented its Rashford-Lyon Award for Leadership and Ethics to Patricia Cleary Miller, Ph.D., professor emerita of English and longtime supporter of Kansas City’s arts communities.

Former U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy and Rockhurst University President the Rev. Thomas B. Curran, S.J., at the Rockhurst University Leadership Series luncheon.


The Rockhurst University Leaders Council thanks this year’s sponsors for making the event possible.



Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City

Marny and John Sherman Anonymous

VIP SPONSOR Mike and Denise Strohm



Fendler Family Fund Husch Blackwell J.M. Fahey Construction Company Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences




CommunityAmerica Credit Union

Bukaty Companies Cerner Country Club Bank Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation George J. Shaw Construction Co. J.E. Dunn Construction Lockton Companies Murphy-Hoffman Company PwC ScriptPro The Joan Horan Family Tom and Lynn DeBacco VanTrust Real Estate

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