Cocktails & Conversation with Kathy Nelson, President & CEO of The KC Sports Commission
Wed, Mar 6 from 7pm - 8pm (Central)
Join us for Cocktails & Conversation at P.S. Speakeasy!
Hear from notable Kansas City business men and women telling the story of their path to success, over fresh cocktails, off the cuff, under ground and under the radar.
Your ticket includes one complimentary drink.
On March 6, 2019, P.S. welcomes Kathy Nelson, President and CEO of the Kansas City Sports Commission.
In her role at the Sports Commission, Kathy Nelson works to promote Kansas City sports locally and nationally with the goal of attracting, retaining and facilitating sports events and organizations. She helps the bi-state region realize the economic, social and community-building benefits of sports. Nelson officially joined the Sports Commission in 2010, and was then named President/CEO in 2011. Prior to that, she was an active volunteer and member of WIN for KC and the Sports Commission for over 10 years. She was chair of the Women’s Sports Award Celebration committee in 2010, who's event featured Billie Jean King. Each year, since Kathy was named president, the Sports Commission has attracted and created an increased number of events that help to enrich the quality of life, foster economic impact and elevate the profile of Kansas City.
Nelson has become a leader in Kansas City and has been awarded many honors. In 2016, Nelson was selected to serve on the National Association of Sports Commissions Board of Directors. In 2017, The Kansas City Business Journal named her one of the "Women Who Mean Business." The Kansas City Star included Nelson on their list of the "20 Most Influential Sports Figures in Kansas City," and Kathy and the Sports Commission were honored as "Sports Commission of the Year" by Compete Magazine. In 2018, Nelson received the national award, "Sports Tourism Executive/CEO of the Year," and was named to the Kansas City Business Journal's "Power 100 list." She was also named "Grand Champion" at the "Dancing with Kansas City Stars" benefiting Cristo Rey. She has also been honored by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City with the "John J. Buck O'Neil Diamond MVP Award" for her dedication to the program's sports and youth, and is included in the book "They Shoot... They Score!" by Dr. Patrick Rishe as a national leader in sports.
Prior to the KC Sports Commission, Nelson served in senior management roles in marketing, sales and promotions at Time Warner Cable and Metro Sports and held a number of roles at FOX 4/WDAF-TV in Kansas City including Creative Services Manager, Producer, Reporter and Editor. Along her career path, Nelson has received numerous Telly, Emmy and cable television awards for television production, specifically sports production. She was the first woman to win a regional Emmy for the production of an NFL game in the early 2000’s. She attended Truman State University.