Focused Forum: Violence Prevention 

Over the past few years, Kansas City has seen a steady increase in violence. While various government departments and nonprofit organizations have worked together to address this alarming trend, there is still more work to do.

Join us for an insightful lunch discussion on violence prevention moderated by United Way of Greater Kansas City President and CEO Chris Rosson. Our panelists include:

Together, the panelists will share their experiences and perspectives on building a safer Kansas City through violence prevention. 

Tuesday, July 23 
12 to 1 p.m. - lunch provided! 

Kauffman Foundation Conference Center 
4801 Rockhill Road 
Kansas City, Missouri 

This convening is an opportunity for Community Foundation donors to learn about the issues and ways philanthropy can support violence prevention in our community. We will notify you when your registration is confirmed. 

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Meet the Speakers 

Headshot of Chris Rosson, President and CEO of the United Way of Greater Kansas CityChris Rosson
President and CEO 
United Way of Greater Kansas City 
Chris Rosson has served as President and CEO of United Way of Greater Kansas City since 2021. He collaborates with major civic, corporate, and labor organizations as well as nonprofit and philanthropic groups to ensure that all people in Kansas City have access to health, education, and financial stability. 

Headshot of Chief Stacey Graves, Chief of Police of the Kansas City Police DepartmentChief Stacey Graves 
Chief of Police 
Kansas City Police Department 
Chief Stacey Graves made history in 2022 as the first woman to be named permanent police chief in the Kansas City Police Department’s 148-year history. With 25 years of service, Chief Graves leads the department with the mission to protect and serve with professionalism, honor and integrity.  

Headshot of Klassie Alcine, CEO of KC Common GoodKlassie Alcine 
KC Common Good 
Klassie Alcine brings a wealth of knowledge from her unique background and experience to her role as CEO at KC Common Good, an organization focused on uniting the community to address the root causes of violence and instill hope, ensuring a successful future for every person in the greater Kansas City region.  

Headshot of Kyle Hollins, CEO of Lyrik's Institution Kyle Hollins
Lyrik's Institution 
Kyle Hollins is the founder and CEO of Lyrik’s Institution, a cognitive-based program that allows its students to master the Creative Arts of their choice and take part in paid internships to become market-value assets. Coming from humble beginnings, he is now able to give back to the community through teaching, public speaking and cognitive behavioral therapy.  

Headshot of Johnny Waller Jr., Special Advisor at UncorneredJohnny Waller Jr. 
Special Advisor 
Johnny Waller Jr. serves as a Special Advisor to Uncornered, an organization dedicated to eliminating violence by reducing shootings and homicides in cities. Drawing from his own experiences with crime and success, Johnny has a unique understanding of overcoming obstacles and improving people’s lives.

By registering for this event you agree to the following:

• Your name will be shared with the participating nonprofit organizations.  
• You may be photographed and agree to allow your photo and video to be used by the Community Foundation for internal and promotional purposes.

We strive to host inclusive, accessible convenings that enable all individuals to engage fully. To request an accommodation or for inquiries about accessibility, please contact us at or 816.842.9126.