At-Large Director 2020-2023
Katie Kwo Gerson is recognized as a fundraising force with a distinguished record of creative strategic planning and marketing prowess. Katie’s focus, drive and event leadership expertise have played a key role in orchestrating multiple successful initiatives in her various roles at the Junior League of Kansas City (JLKC) and in the Kansas City community.
Within The Association of Junior Leagues International, Katie has served as an At-Large Member on the Governance Committee from 2017-2019. As a Women of Color (WOC) affinity group member, Katie proposed a new Diversity & Inclusion toolkit project designed to help and support Leagues desiring to start their own WOC groups.
Katie serves as a TedEx Women’s Advisory Committee Member, as well as a member of the inaugural council selected to support, market, and advise future TEDxKCWomen events. In her role as a lead volunteer and ambassador at the 2018 Conference, Katie’s work was integral to the success of the event, which sold out in 24 hours.
Within Junior League of Kansas City, Katie has served in Chair and Co-Chair positions to promote and ensure the success of various events, and in 2004 became the first person of color to be named president of JLKC. For JLKC’s 100th Anniversary event, Katie worked to nurture various major initiatives, including a $1 million community gift. As Co-Chair for the C3KC 2020 conference fundraiser, she led a successful team to produce record setting attendance, sponsorships, ticket sales and developed new local and national strategic partnerships.
Katie is an entrepreneur who is an active member of the Aspen Institute, advancing the mission of Aspen Ideas to greater audiences. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Arizona and a Master of Business Administration in Organizational Behavior from the University of Missouri, Kansas City.