Kay Barnes

Year Inducted


Career Field



  • 1999: Elected Kansas City’s first woman mayor (reelected in 2003)
  • Distinguished Professor for Public Leadership and founding Director of Center for Leadership at Park University
  • Led initiatives producing over $4.5billion in public and private investment in downtown Kansas City
  • Co-author of book About Time! A Woman’s Guide to Time Management
  • Co-founder of Central Exchange, Kansas City’s premier women’s organization for personal and professional development opportunities
  • 2007: Received Central Exchange Visionary of the Year Award