Ace Award

The Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce Ace Award is presented annually to culturally diverse mid- to senior-level managers who are achieving excellence and having an impact that exceeds expectations for their employer and the company’s bottom line.
The Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce Ace Awards showcase Kansas City as a vital market for diverse professionals to launch and build meaningful careers. The Ace Awards recognize culturally diverse mid-to-senior level managers, nominated by their colleagues for outstanding achievement in their respective industries, inspiring and mentoring others, and making exceptional contributions to the success of their companies.
ACE AWARD CRITERIA: Nominees are employees of any gender, age, sexual orientation, or disability including employees or managers of any ethnic or culturally diverse community who:
  • Impact their organization’s success by directly or indirectly increasing profitability, improving efficiencies and/or reducing costs
  • Improve their workplace culture by embracing and promoting an inclusive environment, positive attitude and influence on others
  • Demonstrate leadership by upholding their organization’s core values and promoting innovation
  • Work in middle-to-senior level management or head a specific department (such as, but not limited to  accounting, marketing, production or business), or who serves as a project manager in a flat organization
  • Have some involvement in the development and/or implementation of policies, procedures and plans
  • Promote diversity and inclusion (D&I) in the organization and are an active advocate and hold themselves and others accountable for diversity and inclusion (D&I)
  • Demonstrate sustained active external leadership/involvement e.g. active role in diverse organizations, programs or initiatives locally or nationally
  • Serve as a role model, sponsor and mentor for all employees with an emphasis on their ethnic and culturally diverse employee base
Here is our definition of Workforce Diversity:
Celebrating similarities and embracing differences among employees in terms of cultural background, physical abilities and disabilities, race, gender, veteran status, and sexual orientation.

* C-Level executives may submit nominations but are not eligible to receive the award

Nominate your Ace here >>

POWER of Diversity Breakfast
Wednesday, July 27, 7:30-9:30 a.m.
Kansas City Marriott Downtown
Breakfast presented by Hallmark and KCP&L. 
$40 KC Chamber members
$55 non-members
Event Registration

KC Chamber Diversity Program information
If you have questions, please contact Greg Valdovino, Director of Diversity and Inclusion at

Presenting Sponsor
Presenting Sponsor
DST Systems
Cornerstone Sponsor
Saint Luke's Health System

Cornerstone Sponsor

Cornerstone Sponsor
Thanks to our Pillar of Diversity Sponsors:
American Century Investments
Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences

Thanks to our Community Supporters:
Avila University
Bank Midwest
Black & Veatch
Burns & McDonnell
Enterprise Rent-a-Car
Ernst & Young
H&R Block
HCA Midwest Health
JE Dunn Construction Company
Kutak Rock
Lathrop & Gage
Lexmark Enterprise Software
Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P.
State Street
Stinson Leonard Street LLP
The University of Kansas
Waddell & Reed Financial, Inc.