What Others Are Saying About the IRC
Burns & McDonnell, IRC Business Member – “There are many benefits to being a member of the IRC. In the past few years Burns & McDonnell has worked to extend its international footprint with more than 50 locations throughout the world. The IRC has been a great resource to stay in tune with the international pulse of the markets abroad. As members, we have the opportunity to network with dignitaries and ambassadors from around the world, as well as participate in culturally enriching events, all right here in the heart of America. They have been a great partner to have in Kansas City.”
Commerce Bank, IRC Business Member – “The world is more connected than ever before. Information is everywhere and always available. But in order to understand the information and issues, and ask questions to clarify the ‘backstory,’ you need to hear from experts in various fields and disciplines. This is where the IRC lives and breathes, helping those who want to be better informed global citizens to understand the issues, ask questions, and move out into the world with a better understanding of everything that is happening around us.”
Stinson LLP, IRC Business Member – “The law firm of Stinson LLP values its IRC business membership because it encourages our attorneys and staff to be informed and engaged community members. Informative IRC programs provide valuable perspectives on issues that affect us all, and opportunities to network with local, national, and international influencers and decision makers.”
Invitation to Join as a Business Member
At the International Relations Council, we value our relationships with organizations from a variety of industries and specialties. Our business, education, and nonprofit organizational members contribute unique perspectives, international experience, and remarkable people to connect international affairs to our community. We invite you to join us as an organizational member or to renew your organization’s commitment to supporting the development of a global perspective in Kansas City.
Business memberships are available for $500 (Small Business with 1-10 employees), $1,000 (Medium Business with 11-49 employees), and $1,500 (Large Business with 50+ employees) per year and allow all employees and board members to benefit from the core organizational membership benefits below.
Core Organizational Membership Benefits
Visibility in the Greater KC Metro Area
- Organization's name, logo, description, and website link featured on the IRC website
- Organization's name in IRC program materials and recognition at IRC signature programs
- Organization's international work and connections highlighted in the IRC blog, newsletter, and social media
- Chance to host an IRC Networking Hour to introduce the community to the organization's international work and to introduce the organization's stakeholders to the IRC
Connection with Kansas City's International Community
- Through IRC social events, program receptions, and forums, your employees and stakeholders sustain and strengthen their professional and personal connections with other globally minded community members, leaders, and entrepreneurs – while you expand your organization's connections in the Kansas City community
- Promote diversity and inclusion within your organization by highlighting the value of cross-cultural communication and global awareness
- Engagement and development of young professionals
- Opportunities to recruit from the IRC's network of global professionals and area universities
- Opportunities for team-building and fun, like the annual WorldQuest trivia night
- Opportunities for participation on an IRC planning team, committee, or board of directors
- Complimentary member socials and appreciation events
- Featured inclusion of your events, news, job openings, and volunteer opportunities in the IRC's weekly newsletter
Access to International Insights and Expert Speakers
- Member-rate or cost-free admission to IRC programs for all employees and board members
- Current insights on today's global landscape, including international and country-specific policy and economy topics, from diplomats and content experts
- Opportunities to engage and develop relationships with visiting experts, including diplomats, and host them at your location for public events or private meetings
- One seat at each invite-only IRC Academy event, including receptions and roundtables with VIP guests and special access to VIP speakers, dignitaries, and global-affairs experts throughout the year
- As you join or renew your membership, we'll ask you to share with the IRC the topics, speakers, and markets you're interested in for the year ahead, and we'll prioritize those as we set the program calendar
- Highlight your organization by putting your experts in front of diverse, engaged audiences as IRC program panelists and members of the Speakers Bureau
- Access to Kansas City-area experts from various international fields through the IRC Speakers Bureau
- Learn about upcoming IRC programs and other international events in Kansas City, and promote your organization's own work and events, through the IRC's weekly newsletter
Membership & Sponsorship Menu
Beyond the core benefits of IRC membership, we invite your organization to sponsor or participate in signature IRC events throughout the year. Besides aligning your organization with the development of a global perspective in Kansas City, sponsorship puts your brand in front of thousands of IRC members and friends, both in person and online:
- Potential in-person reach varies by program and is described in the information for each program.
- Potential online reach includes 6,000 on LinkedIn, 5,000 by email, nearly 4,000 on Facebook, 1,000 on Twitter, and 450 website visitors/week.
- Many IRC programs are cost-free to attend thanks to the support of organizations like yours.
While you are welcome to sign up as a sponsor at any time, many organizations have asked to receive options in advance to help with planning. Please note that individual tickets for events will be available as events approach.
Click here to view the full IRC Business Membership & Sponsorship Menu
To Join as a Business Member
Thank you for your interest in joining or renewing your membership with the IRC. There are two easy options for joining as a business member:
- Review and complete the Membership & Sponsorship Menu and mail or email it to the IRC.
- Join online by completing the Business Membership Form below.
If you have any questions, don't hesitate to be in touch. Matthew Hughes, the IRC's executive director, can be reached at 816-423-2632 or firstname.lastname@example.org.