Kansas Chamber Announces Speaker and Special Guest for 2013 Annual Dinner

December 21, 2012

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Emily Mitchell

Kansas Chamber Announces 2013 Annual Dinner
Keynote Speaker and Special Guest

Topeka, KAN. (December 17, 2012) - Cal Thomas, syndicated columnist and author, will be the keynote speaker at the Kansas Chamber's Annual Dinner on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 in Topeka. KU School of Business Dean Neeli Bendapudi will be the master of ceremonies and special guest. Presented by Cerner, an international health care information technology corporation specializing in providing complete systems for hospitals and other medical organizations, the Chamber's dinner is the largest annual statewide gathering of business and political leaders in the state.

"For years I have admired Cal Thomas' thoughtful and challenging literary contributions to American political dialog. We're excited to bring such a leader to Kansas during the opening weeks of the 2013 legislative session," said Kansas Chamber President and CEO Mike O'Neal. "We're also thrilled that Neeli Bendapudi has agreed to join us for this event. She is a true Kansas treasure and a passionate and innovative advocate for business" he added.

Cal Thomas is the most widely read and one of the most highly regarded voices on the American political scene. In 2011, Thomas received the William F. Buckley, Jr. Award for Media Excellence from the Media Research Center. He is a writer of force and clarity and has authored ten books.

Neeli Bendapudi is the H.D. Price Dean at the KU School of Business and professor of marketing. Her research has appeared in the Journal of Marketing, the Journal of Marketing Research, the Journal of Retailing and the Harvard Business Review, among others. Dean Bendapudi has taught at the undergraduate, MBA, Executive MBA and Ph.D. levels, and has received numerous college, university and national teaching awards.

Join us on February 5 to hear Cal Thomas and Neeli Bendapudi address the key challenges facing America in Topeka.

For more information visit  http://www.kansaschamber.org/events/2013-annual-dinner or to register for the Kansas Chamber Annual Dinner, Tuesday, Feb. 5, click here. For questions, contact Emily Mitchell at emilym@kansaschamber.org. The 2013 Annual Dinner once again promises to be a defining event for Kansas business.




The Kansas Chamber, with headquarters in Topeka, is the leading statewide pro-business advocacy group moving Kansas towards becoming the best state in America to live and work. The Chamber represents small, medium and large employers all across Kansas. For more information on the Kansas Chamber of Commerce, go to www.kansaschamber.org