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Amy Poehler Kicks off Bishop-McCann CHAT Series

Bishop-McCann’s new CHAT series brings high-profile speakers to KC.

Amy Poehler, Geena Davis and Liz Murray are stopping by Kansas City for a CHAT.

The CHAT series, presented by Bishop-McCann, is designed to engage the community with speakers and new ideas and in doing so ignite conversation centered on change and bettering our world, organizers say.

This fall’s inaugural series will focus on women’s empowerment and include presentations from actress and author Amy Poehler on Oct. 13th, inspirational speaker and author Liz Murray on Oct. 20th and actress and activist Geena Davis on Nov. 9th. Each event will start at 7 p.m. at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts and be followed by a Q&A.

Tickets for the series are on sale now and and start at $135 for all three events. Single tickets for Amy Poehler’s appearance are also available, starting at $99.

Bishop-McCann Founder Dan Nilsen discusses the CHAT Series at an Aug. 25 announcement.

CHAT Vice President Gloria Rudd says all these women have accomplished amazing things, such as becoming successful in industries that aren’t conducive to women and overcoming personal hardships.

“What they all share is that they make change in the world and they’ve taken their voices, which we are shedding light on, to start making change,” Rudd says.

Dan Nilsen, founder of Bishop-McCann, stressed that in order to create a lasting impact the series needs to be available to everyone in the community. In order to accomplish that goal, Bishop-McCann is partnering with nonprofits in the area to provide tickets to those in underserved communities across the metro as well as the general public. Other sponsors of the series will also purchase tickets to give out to those interested who might not otherwise be able to afford to attend.

“We truly believe that anyone can make a difference in this world, and we’re providing this platform for some really important conversations to begin by introducing the series,” Nilsen says.

The second series, taking place next spring, will focus on STEM education. CHAT organizers expect to announce topics for the third series early next spring but promise to keep topics current as they continue to educate, entertain and inspire. Bishop-McCann is also in conversations about bringing CHAT Series events to other locations across the U.S. and beyond. –Riley Mortensen