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 Early Years
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 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.