IRC Committees
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The board of directors of the International Relations Council relies on active committees to develop strategies and action plans for the work of the organization. Meeting five times a year and charged with ongoing projects, committees include a variety of perspectives and are intentionally comprised of a mix of board members and IRC members who are not part of the board. Joining a committee is an excellent way to become more involved with the IRC, and we welcome the participation of new and seasoned IRC members. For more information on joining a committee, please contact Matthew Hughes, executive director, at Please note that all committee members should be individual members of the IRC or be part of an IRC member organization and be prepared to commit to a year of volunteer service with the IRC.

EDUCATION COMMITTEE · Dr. Michael Makara, 2019 chair
This committee supports the
IRC's various educational initiatives for K-12 and university students, teachers, and professors. Committee members contribute to the planning and execution of Academic WorldQuest, the Your Global Future college and career fair, and the Eliot S. Berkley Award and strategize how to make IRC programs accessible and available to students from around the metro area. Individuals with a background in K-12 or higher education or connections to opportunities for students are a good fit for this committee.

FINANCE COMMITTEE · Nancy Messer, CFA, 2019 chair
The Finance Committee, led by the
IRC's treasurer, oversees the organization's financial interests and helps the board fulfill its fiduciary responsibility. Committee members help to plan the organization's annual budget and prepare for the annual audit and 990. A background in finances, investments, or accounting is helpful but not required.

As a membership organization, the IRC relies on enhancing our offerings for individual and organizational members and connecting with people and groups who might be interested in getting involved. This committee helps to develop processes and materials that support the IRC's member network. Individuals who enjoy connecting with other organizations in the community will enjoy working with this committee.

PROGRAM COMMITTEE · Kimberly Connelly, 2019 chair
For more than 60 years, the IRC has offered nonpartisan, educational programming aimed at raising a global perspective in Kansas City. The Program Committee develops policies for program topics and speakers and supports the planning and execution of several IRC signature events, including the Berkley Lecture, WorldQuest, and the Global Honors Evening. We'd love to welcome to this committee individuals looking to contribute to the IRC's programming.