About the Event
Join us for a public luncheon forum in which dignitaries from the Czech and Slovak embassies in Washington, D.C., will offer their insights on the historic signing of the Pittsburgh Agreement and educate the Kansas City region on the history of Czechoslovakia, the valuable role of the modern states of the Czech and Slovak Republics, and the important economic, social, and cultural ties between the Czech and Slovak Republics and the U.S., with particular emphasis on the Midwestern United States.
The Pittsburgh Agreement, signed May 31, 1918, is a document agreed upon by American representatives of Bohemia, Moravia, Slovakia, and Czech Silesia declaring the intent to create an independent European state to be known as Czechoslovakia.
12:00 Luncheon begins
12:30 Welcome and introductory presentation on Pittsburgh Agreement of 1918, which paved the way for an independent Czechoslovakia
12:45 Remarks from Ambassador Kmoníček and Consul General Begeç, followed by questions from the audience
$40 General Admission
$30 Member Rate for IRC, World Trade Center, or Czech & Slovak Club individual or organizational members
$20 Student Rate for students age 25 and under
Attendees will sit at tables of ten. If you wish to purchase a full table, please contact Matthew Hughes ». Groups purchasing a full table will be guaranteed one seat at the business round table following the luncheon.
Event sponsorships are available for $750 and include a reserved table of ten in a premium location, signage and sponsorship recognition, podium recognition, and two guaranteed seats at the business round table following the luncheon. If interested, please contact Matthew Hughes ».
Capacity for this event is 200 seats.
About the Dignitaries
His Excellency Hynek Kmoníček has served as ambassador of the Czech Republic to the United States since 2017. Previously he served as the director of the Foreign Affairs Department in the Office of the President of the Czech Republic as well as Czech ambassador to numerous countries, including Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Solomon Islands, Cook Islands, Samoa, Tonga, Vanuatu, India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Maldives, and Sri Lanka. From 2001-06, Ambassador Kmoníček was stationed in New York as the Czech ambassador to the United Nations. Fluent in English and Russian, Ambassador Kmoníček received his Doctorate of Education from South Bohemian University and has completed post-graduate studies in both Prague and Jerusalem. He is married with four children.
On February 1, 2017, Ladislava Begeç was appointed as the Consul General of Slovakia in New York. Since 2001 when she entered the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic she has been working at various diplomatic positions at home and abroad. Consul General Begeç served twice in Vienna, Austria, firstly at the Office of the Secretary General of the OSCE (2004-2005) and later at the Permanent Mission of the Slovak Republic to the OSCE (2005-2008), and secondly as Deputy Ambassador at the Embassy of the Slovak Republic in Austria (2010-2014). At the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic she started her career at the European Affairs Section (2001-2004); later she worked twice in the Office of the Minister – in 2008-2010 as Coordinator and in 2014-2016 as Deputy Director. Before being appointed to her current post, Consul General Begeç served as Political Coordinator at the Permanent Mission of the Slovak Republic to the United Nations in New York.
Business Round Table
A smaller business round table will immediately follow the luncheon. Because of limited seating in the venue, admission to the round table is by invitation only and will be limited to one seat per organization; luncheon sponsors will receive two seats at the round table.
After invitations have been sent, some seats may still be available at the round table and will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. To indicate your interest, please send an e-mail to Matthew Hughes » no earlier than Monday, May 7. Due to the nature of the round table, we are unable to guarantee that seats will be available, and early requests cannot be honored. We appreciate your understanding.
Venue and Parking
The luncheon will be held at the KC Chamber Board Room on the main level (southeast corner) of Union Station. Parking is available in the garage to the west of Union Station. We regret that we are unable to validate parking. The streetcar offers a free alternative to parking at Union Station.