Past events


November 2018 Board Meeting

The annual board meeting was held November 16, during which Hawthorn’s board members and executive committee were elected. In addition, the board was addressed by Mayor Sly James of Kansas City concerning the revitalization of downtown Kansas City. After his address, Mayor James was presented with a plaque from Hawthorn board chair Warren Erdman, in recognition of his service to the people of Kansas City and the State of Missouri.

 Mayor Sly James speaking at the Nov 2018 board meeting

Mayor Sly James speaking at the Nov 2018 board meeting

August Board Meeting


35th Anniversary Celebration honoring our founder, Senator "Kit" Bond

Over the course of 40 years of distinguished service, Christopher S. “Kit” Bond earned a reputation as a skilled statesman able to build coalitions. In 1982, then Governor Bond worked with state legislators to create the Hawthorn Foundation. Its creation brought talented business leaders together with state government to form a partnership aimed at attracting, promoting and retaining business within the State of Missouri. Hawthorn celebrated its 35th anniversary as a testament to Kit Bond’s innovative thinking.

Thanks to all of our sponsors and guests who were in attendance.  We're delighted that you joined us and we appreciate your support.

Special thanks to our speakers Tim Noonan (NICE Glass Company), Duane Simpson (Monsanto), Warren Erdman (Kansas City Southern / Hawthorn Chair), Governor Eric Greitens, and Senator Bond for their insightful presentations for our guests.


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Download the PowerPoint from our event with wonderful quotes about Senator Bond as well as photos of trade mission trips with other Governors.

November Board Meeting

2017 Military Advocacy Day at the Capitol

The Hawthorn Foundation was proud to sponsor Military Appreciation Day in Jefferson City on Tuesday, February 14. Community leaders, legislators and interested citizens gathered together at several different events to interact with top military officials to celebrate our vibrant Missouri military and the role that it plays in our state's economy.  Governor Greitens addressed a lunch at the Governor's Residence where he reiterated that military affairs will be a "key priority" for his administration.

The day included Governor Greitens signing an agreement between the Missouri Division of Workforce Development and the Army to engage military men and women with employers offering apprenticeships that could lead to full-time civilian employment. The Army’s Career Skills Program (CSP) at Fort Leonard Wood will identify interested candidates that are within six months of release from active duty and refer them to the Missouri Job Center at Fort Leonard Wood where they will be enrolled in an internship program with participating employers. Center staff will also help them build a resume, prepare for interviews, and explore occupations in various industries.

Hawthorn Annual Meeting highlights Governor-Elect Eric Greitens

Over 150 statewide leaders gather to hear from Governor Nixon, Governor-Elect Greitens and Senator Jay Wasson, Chair Economic Development

We were honored to have Governor-Elect Eric Greitens join our meeting via live feed from Washington DC, where he was meeting with the National Governors’ Association. Economic Development is a priority for the Governor-Elect and we were pleased that he shared some of his time with us to express his interest in working closely with Hawthorn to support his initiatives.

Midwest US-Japan Association Conference

Governor from 4 midwestern states, the Japanese Ambassador to the United States and C level leaders from companies including Toyota, Mitsubishi, Mitsui, Novus, Nidec Motor attended a 2 day meeting focusing on Innovation, Partnerships, and Technologies for the future, all with an eye toward business recruitment.  Currently, Missouri has 8X Japanese companies within the state. 

Historic Gathering

On November 20, 2015, all six of Missouri's living Governors came together to discuss economic issues facing the state.  This historic gathering focused on the indispensable role that the Hawthorn Foundation has played in helping these leaders succeed in bringing jobs to Missouri. Learn more about the event here.