A dynamic series of community conversations on the future of transportation
William Clay Ford Jr.,
Ford Motor Company
Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2016 from 12:30 to 3 p.m.
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
1601 Broadway, Kansas City, Missouri
We are standing at the brink of remarkable times for transportation.
New technologies are rapidly changing the way we move people and goods with profound impacts for our cities, our infrastructure and our regional economy.
KINETIC is an energetic series of forums to help our community better understand and prepare for the future of transportation. Our first forum on February 17 featured keynote speaker William Clay Ford Jr., executive chairman of the Ford Motor Company, and a panel discussion led by technology journalist Kim-Mai Cutler.
William (Bill) Clay Ford Jr.
Executive Chairman, Ford Motor Company
As chairman of the board, past CEO and current executive chairman of Ford Motor Company, Bill Ford has built a reputation as a visionary leader. His vision for the future is not only about cleaner, greener automobiles, but also a sustainable, efficient transportation system with more choices for mobility.
Irvine O. Hockaday Jr.
Former President and CEO, Hallmark Cards
Longtime civic leader Irv Hockaday retired as president and chief executive officer of Hallmark Cards in 2001. He is a member and past board chair of the Civic Council of Greater Kansas City, a trustee of the Hall Family Foundation and a past member of the Ford Motor Company board of directors. He currently serves on the boards of the Kansas City Area Life Sciences Institute, Estee Lauder Companies and Crown Media Holdings Inc.
Technology journalist, TechCrunch
Based in San Francisco, Kim-Mai Cutler joined TechCrunch as a technology journalist in 2012 after stints at Bloomberg, VentureBeat and The Wall Street Journal. She covers the latest technology issues across a wide spectrum of topics, including transportation and mobile application ecosystems.
President and CEO, Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce
The Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce named Joe Reardon its new president and CEO in late 2015. An active supporter of regional transit, Reardon led the KCATA as it built new partnerships over the past year. He is best known for his eight years as mayor/CEO of the Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kansas, which saw strong economic development — including the nation's first Google Fiber installation — under his leadership.
Senior Associate for Infrastructure, National League of Cities
As a senior associate in the National League of Cities' City Solutions and Applied Research center in Washington, D.C., Nicole Dupuis leads research on best practices in transportation, public works and telecommunications. She is an expert in the areas of transportation planning and governance, broadband access and adoption and public utility regulation.
||Stephen R. (Steve) Miller
Chairman, Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission
Steve Miller, first appointed to the bipartisan commission that governs the Missouri Department of Transportation in 2009, became its chair in 2014. Under his leadership, the commission oversees planning and maintenance of the state's highway network. Miller is founding partner of the Kansas City law firm Miller Schirger, LLC, where much of his practice has focused on the construction and transportation industries.
Director, Transportation and Hydrogen Systems Center, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
In late 2012, Chris joined the NREL as the director of the Hydrogen Technologies and Systems Center (HTSC). Gearhart spent more than 16 years with Ford Motor Company where he led research and development teams as well as played pivotal roles in product development, safety research and quality assurance programs.