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November 14, 2018

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Wednesday, November 14th — InterContinental Kansas City at the Plaza — 5:30 p.m.

Benefiting The Village Shalom Financial Assistance Program

"As the world's economic and political dynamics continue to evolve, a new age is ahead for America, but its realization will depend heavily upon the success of a new generation at the top. What has become clear in the last few years is that leadership — and leaders — matter."
David Gergen

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We are thrilled to announce that on Wednesday, November 14, just one week after the mid-term elections, David Gergen, Senior Political Analyst at CNN and White House advisor to four U.S. Presidents of both parties: Nixon, Ford, Reagan and Clinton, will share his insights as our featured speaker for the 2018 Village Shalom Ages of Excellence event. 

Ages of Excellence benefits Village Shalom’s Financial Assistance Program, which serves residents who have exhausted their financial resources and rely on the community for vital care. One in four residents on our main campus receive financial assistance, totaling an average of $1.5 million annually. 

Village Shalom residents who benefit from the Financial Assistance Program represent a broad range of demographic and religious backgrounds; reasons for needing assistance vary. In our history, Village Shalom has never asked a resident to leave due to the inability to pay for the cost of care. Through broad community participation, and your support, Village Shalom continues to uphold this critical mission focus. 

Cocktails, dinner and our featured speaker, David Gergen, will be followed by an interview moderated by The Kansas City Star Vice President and Editorial Page Editor Colleen McCain Nelson.

5:00-5:45 p.m.       Private Reception with David Gergen (Presenting, Benefactor and Advocate Sponsors)

5:30 p.m.                 Ballroom Opens – Cocktails

6:00 p.m.                 Dinner Buffet (Catered kosher meals are available for requests received by 11/1/2018)

7:00 p.m.                 Program Featuring David Gergen

  • RSVP by Thursday, November 1 to ensure recognition in the evening’s printed program. 
  • Guest lists are due by Tuesday, November 6.
  • In accordance with IRS Regulations, your contribution in excess of $60 per-person is tax-deductible.
  • For more information contact:  Nikol Terrill at or 913-266-8119.


Event Chairpersons: Roshann Parris & Allison Berey

Executive Planning Committee: Phyllis Abrams, Jerry Bernard, Aimee Bernstein, Pella Fingersh, Bob Gershon, Karen Glickstein, Joe Hiersteiner, Barbie Hill, Ryan Holmes, James Klein, Rachel Krantz, Beth Liss, Karen Loggia, Lisa Ruben, Jill Shapiro

Mid-Term Election Insight from Featured Speaker David Gergen

David Gergen is a professor of public service and director of the Center for Public Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School, positions he has held for over a decade. In addition, he serves as a Senior Political Analyst for CNN and works actively with a rising generation of new leaders. In the past, he has served as a White House advisor to four U.S. presidents of both parties: Nixon, Ford, Reagan and Clinton. He wrote about those experiences in his New York Times best seller, Eyewitness to Power: The Essence of Leadership, Nixon to Clinton (Simon & Schuster, 2001). 

In the 1980s, he began a career in journalism. Starting with The MacNeil-Lehrer NewsHour in 1984, he has been a regular commentator on public affairs for some 30 years. Twice he has been a member of election coverage teams that won Peabody awards, and he has contributed to two Emmy award-winning political analysis teams. In the late 1980s, he was chief editor of U.S. News & World Report, working with publisher Mort Zuckerman to achieve record gains in circulation and advertising. 

Over the years, he has been active on many non-profit boards, serving in the past on the boards of both Yale and Duke Universities. Among his current boards are Teach for America, The Mission Continues, The Trilateral Commission, and Elon University’s School of Law. 

Gergen’s work as director of the Center for Public Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School has enabled him to work closely with a rising generation of younger leaders, especially social entrepreneurs, military veterans and Young Global Leaders chosen by the World Economic Forum. Through the generosity of outside donors, the Center helps to provide scholarships to over 100 students a year, preparing them to serve as leaders for the common good. The Center also promotes scholarship at the frontiers of leadership studies. 

A native of North Carolina, Gergen is a member of the D.C. Bar, a veteran of the U.S. Navy, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a member of the U.S. executive committee for the Trilateral Commission. He is an honors graduate of Yale and the Harvard Law School. He has been awarded 27 honorary degrees.