The Metzler Program for Leadership and Civic Engagement exists to promote and expedite the development of aspiring LGBTQ leaders and professionals in the LGBTQ and greater Kansas City community through one-on-one and group mentoring with local business and community leaders.
This program is an incredible opportunity for both mentors and mentees to gain a deeper understanding and appreciation for the diversity and complexity of our LGBTQ identity and community. Mentors will gain a new perspective on the issues facing younger LGBTQ leaders, and mentees will learn invaluable lessons from the experiences and advice shared by our mentors.
Our goal is to help mentees learn to become stronger leaders in the workplace and in the community by building strong personal and professional networks, thanks in part to the connections available through our highly engaged mentors.
Applications for the 2023 Metzler Program are closed.
We will begin accepting applications for Mentees October 2023.
Interested in being a Mentor?
Let us know. There is no application to be a mentor. We just want to know who you are, and we'll circle back with more information.
Program Requirements & Expectations
The Metzler Mentor Program is a two-year commitment with a new class starting every spring. Each class includes a number of mentors matched individually with mentees. During the two-year period, mentors and mentees are expected to meet all requirements below, as well as those included in our Code of Conduct and Non-Disclosure Agreement.
- Program Cost: $350/annual program fee which may be paid by the mentee or their company. (NOTE: There is no cost for mentors.)
- During the length of the program, mentors and mentees must be members in good standing with the chamber.
- Class meets once per month on Saturdays
- Works together to explore and discuss topics related to personal identity, professional development, and community engagement
- Mentors and mentees will meet at least one additional time per month to discuss group activities, complete assignments, and develop a stronger personal relationship
- Occasionally participate in community events or volunteer with local organizations
- Mentees are expected to take initiative with their mentors when it comes to scheduling meetings, setting agendas and seeking networking opportunities
- Mentors should actively identify networking or shadowing opportunities such as board meetings, neighborhood meetings, fundraisers, etc.
2023 Class Timeline:
- December 31st - Applications Due
- January 31st - Mentees Selected and Notified
- Feb 18th - Orientation
- March 2023 - December 2024 - Monthly Meetings
Remembering Steve Metzler
In 2015, the Mid-America GLCC and the entire Kansas City community lost an individual that exemplified personal, professional, and community leadership through his family business, an extraordinary record of community service and civic engagement, and most importantly through the many lives and good works he inspired every single day.
The Mid-America GLCC will be forever grateful for his service and friendship, and is proud to memorialize the legacy of C. Stephen Metzler through our mentor program. #BeLikeSteve