Your Global Future 2021

Monday, Sept. 27th – Friday, Oct. 1st • One panel program a day

Free for KC-area students and teachers • Grades 9-12

Speakers available to share global opportunities via in-person school visits and program livestreams

Registration Now Open for Presenters, Sponsors, & Schools

Presenters & Sponsors
Schools & Youth Organizations
Missed the 2020 Event? Checkout Some Recorded Sessions Here

About the Event

Away from the borders and coasts, Kansas City-area students are often surprised to find just how many international academic and professional opportunities await them after high school. This unique college and career program brings students to the table with dozens of international businesses, organizations, colleges, and universities to show them just how global their future can be.

This year, find Your Global Future in …

  1. Study Abroad;
  2. Local Nonprofits;
  3. Business & STEM;
  4. the Government; and,
  5. College

Previous Your Global Future college and career fairs brought together more than 500 Kansas City–area high school students and their teachers from around the Kansas City metro region. They interacted with more than 50 businesses, university programs, and community organizations. While we’re excited to return to the trade-show model in 2022, this year’s program will bring global possibilities right to students where they are, in-person. Every day the IRC will bring sponsoring speakers from a different international path to present directly to an auditorium full of students at a local high school, while also live streaming and recording the event for other teachers and students to access across the area.

This year’s Your Global Future will include flexible programming options for students, teachers, and organizations to take advantage of in their school auditorium, classroom, or at home. Participating schools will have access to:

  • A panel with different speakers each a day for 5 days, scheduled during the school day;
  • Pre-planned exercises teachers can use or adapt to incorporate the program into their classroom;
  • Further information from panelists here on the Your Global Future webpage;
  • Raffle drawings for prizes for students and teachers; and,
  • and recordings of the five panels for later use, available here for free after the live session.
  • Want an email notification sent directly to you when recordings are available? Contact the IRC’s Education Outreach Coordinator to be put on the list.

Program Schedule

  • Monday, Sept. 27: Business & STEM (Hosted by the Blue Valley CAPS Program)
  • Tuesday, Sept. 28: Local Nonprofits (Hosted by Liberty High School)
  • Wednesday, Sept. 29: The Government and Service (Hosted by Bishop Seabury Academy)
  • Thursday, Sept. 30: Study Abroad (Hosted by Frontier School of Excellence)
  • Friday, Oct. 1: Colleges & Universities (Hosted by Maur Hill-Mount Academy)

2021 Program Sponsors

Thank you to Cerner for their generous support of this event in 2021. For more information about sponsor packages, which support our programming and increase your visibility and impact, please contact Matthew Hughes.


Representatives Seen Last Year

  • Baker University
  • Black & Veatch
  • BNIM
  • Burns & McDonnell
  • Cerner
  • Dialogue Institute of Kansas City
  • Ethnic Enrichment Commission
  • Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City
  • Global Ties KC
  • Grant Thornton
  • Heart to Heart International
  • InterExchange
  • Intelligence Community Center for Academic Excellence at KU
  • Jewish Vocational Services (JVS)
  • KC Library Refugee & Immigrant Services (RISE)
  • Linda Hall Library
  • Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
  • Northwest Missouri State University
  • Peace Corps
  • Rise Against Hunger
  • UMKC College of Arts & Sciences and the Department of Foreign Languages
  • University of Central Missouri International Opportunities
  • University of Central Missouri Anthropology/McClure Archives & University Museum
  • University of Kansas Admissions
  • University of Kansas Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies
  • University of Missouri Study Abroad Office
  • U.S. Institute of Peace
  • YMCA

Your Global Future – 2021 FAQs

All of our panelists will be able to discuss how their opportunities can benefit the students and lead them down a particularly international path, either elsewhere in the world or from right here in the Kansas City area:

  • Business & STEM: Businesses and organizations from a range of sectors, including engineering, finance, law, medicine, and technology;
  • Local Nonprofits: Ethnic and cultural groups represented in the Kansas City area, Kansas City-based international NGOs, and museums with global connections;
  • Government & Service: Government agencies and ROTC programs;
  • Study Abroad: representatives from study-abroad programs at local universities
  • Colleges & Universities: Academic and admissions departments from local colleges and universities;

Registration for the 2021 virtual Your Global Future college & career fair is available now!

Teachers, administrators, or other coordinators: register groups of students all at once here. Students may also register themselves individually. The deadline to register is Monday, September 13th.

Presenters & Sponsors: register here to share your organization in-person to an audience of 100-200 students, and live or asynchronous digital viewers.

The Your Global Future program is underwritten by support from the participating organizations and generous Kansas City-area donors to ensure that attendance is completely cost-free for teachers and students, every year.

For our sponsoring speakers: your organization’s financial contribution subsidizes student attendance and bus transportation to IRC programs. We currently have options for both single-panel sponsorship and participation or week-long sponsorship. Should you have any questions, please contact Matthew Hughes at or 816-897-6474.

This year’s Your Global Future is designed to be as flexible and fun as possible for all involved.

To our student and educator attendees: we encourage you to attend each panel if you can! Each day our panels will cover a different international opportunity path in-person at a local host school, and via livestream. All other area schools and student groups are encouraged to participate by either watching panels that interest you live with your students, or showing panel recordings in your classroom following the event. Lesson plans will be available to help teachers get their students thinking critically about their own futures and engage with the subject matter.

To our exhibitors: any sponsorship at this year’s Your Global Future includes the opportunity to speak on a single 3-5 person panel with other members of your field, to share the unique opportunities and advice relevant to you. Additional perks are available with other sponsorship levels, like branded swag items, featured time, and more! More information can be found at registration, here.

For more information about sponsor packages, which support our programming and increase your visibility and impact, please contact Matthew Hughes.

For more information on IRC organizational membership, please contact Matthew Hughes or visit our pages for businessuniversity, and nonprofit organizational members.