EPN of Kansas City was born in 1989, when a small group of human resource professionals gathered to discuss their common interest in forming a group to enhance their knowledge of employment issues in the workplace.
The group decided to petition the national Employment Management Association for the formation of a Kansas City Chapter, patterned after the long-standing and successful St. Louis EMA Chapter.
The newly-formed EMA chapter began to offer a program of bi-monthly breakfast meetings at a hotel on the Plaza. After a few years, the format was switched to quarterly luncheon meetings at the same location.
Turnout for the meetings was light, but the organization’s membership and meeting attendance grew steadily. Membership in the local chapter was free, with only a few area professionals choosing to belong to the national EMA organization.
EMA Kansas City adopted a programming strategy of presenting quarterly Thursday morning breakfast meetings in southern Johnson County. This format and location proved to be extremely popular and attendance grew dramatically.
The Board of Directors soon decided the organization could best serve its constituents by spinning off from HRMA as an independent entity. The new non-profit Employment Practices Network of Kansas City was incorporated in the State of Kansas on January 9, 2001.
Following along with it’s newly-established incorporation, EPNKC created a more formal structure for the Board of Directors while continuing to host successful quarterly breakfast events.
During this period, technology and social media begin to boom. Quick to adapt, our attendees begin to join our online community and opt-in to receive our valuable weekly job blast email.
Today we are focused on updating the EPNKC brand to match the vitality and strength of our quarterly events. We are thriving as a group and are working hard to ensure that the EPNKC community is here to stay for many years to come. We invite you to join us on this journey.