Register here for our upcoming webinar, June 25th 11:00 am- 12:00 pm CDT as we hear from our speakers Keli O’Neill and Kathy Nelson about an Inside Look at KC Chiefs Super Bowl Parade! A webinar link will be emailed out after registration.
Meet The Speakers:
Keli O’Neill Wenzel:
CEO and President of O’Neill Events & Marketing, Keli is the creator and orchestrator of many of Kansas City’s most successful civic, corporate, and entertainment events. Keli has a true and deep understanding of the city and over twenty years of experience working around – and managing – special events and attractions, from press conferences, shows, and concerts, to important political campaigns and sporting contests. O’Neill Events & Marketing is behind many of Kansas City’s signature events and festivals, including Boulevardia, Kansas City Irish Fest, KC Air Show, the 2017 WWI Centennial Celebrations. the 2015 World Series Parade and most recently the 2020 Chief’s Superbowl parade and rally. O’Neill Events & Marketing is proud to be the puppeteer behind the curtain of some of Kansas City’s most exciting, influential and memorable events. In addition to her role as president and CEO of O’Neill Events & Marketing, Keli also serves on the International Festival and Events Foundation Board, Visit KC Foundation Board, and Board of Directors for Gordon Parks Charter School.
Kathy Nelson works to promote Kansas City sports locally and nationally with the goal of attracting, retaining and facilitating sports events and organizations. She helps the bi-state region realize the economic, social and community-building benefits of sports. In 2016, Nelson was selected to serve on the National Association of Sports Commissions Board of Directors.
Nelson has become a leader in Kansas City and was recognized in 2017 for her accomplishments when she was honored by the Kansas City Business Journal as one of the Women Who Mean Business. The Kansas City Star included Nelson on their list of 20 Most Influential Sports Figures in Kansas City placing her at number five behind Clark Hunt, CEO/owner of the Kansas City Chiefs, Dayton Moore, Royals general manager, Peter Vermes, Sporting Kansas City’s coach/technical director and David Glass, Royals owner. In November 2017, Kathy and the Sports Commission were honored as Sports Commission of the Year from Compete Magazine. Nelson kicked off 2018 by receiving the Sports Tourism Executive/CEO of the Year award, a national honor. She was also named to Kansas City Business Journal’s Power 100 list and was named Grand Champion at the Dancing with Kansas City Stars benefiting Cristo Rey. Most recently, Kathy was selected for the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce’s ATHENA 2019 Leadership Award.
Kathy is included in the book They Shoot…They Score! by Dr. Patrick Rishe as a national leader in sports. Kathy was honored by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City with the John J. “Buck” O’Neil Diamond MVP Award for her dedication to the Boys and Girls Clubs, their sports programs and the youth they serve.
Nelson first joined the KC Sports Commission in August of 2010 as the WIN for KC Director then moved into the President & CEO of the KC Sports Commission in November 2011. Prior to joining the KC Sports Commission staff, she was an active volunteer and member of WIN for KC and the KC Sports Commission for over ten years. She was previously on the WIN for KC Advisory Board and has also been involved on the Women’s Sports Award Celebration committee. In 2010 she served as chair for the event, which featured Billie Jean King.
Prior to the KC Sports Commission, Nelson served in senior management roles in marketing, sales and promotions at Time Warner Cable and Metro Sports and held a number of roles at FOX 4/WDAF-TV in Kansas City including creative services manager, producer, reporter and editor.
Along her career path, Nelson has received numerous Telly, Emmy and cable television awards for television production, specifically sports production. She was the first woman to win a regional Emmy for the production of an NFL game in the early 2000’s. She attended Truman State University.
Nelson continues to be a featured speaker for numerous organizations such as various local city chambers, rotary clubs, universities and other miscellaneous community events. In her free time you can find Nelson volunteering in the community. She is married with two very active daughters who are also involved in volunteering and participating in their community.
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