Startups and Innovation: Empowering the Midwest

September 21 @ 6:00PM — 8:00PM

A networking fundraiser with special guests Brian McClendon to benefit Headquarters, Inc.

Join us for a VIP cocktail party with special guest Brian McClendon


Event Ticket

Available For 15 More Days!

Approximately 120 tickets will be sold and include premium bar service and hors d'oeuvres


You are invited to join Headquarters, Inc. for an evening of business and social networking overlooking Kansas City from the beautiful rooftop event space at Brass on Baltimore. Board vice president and owner of Revolution Systems, Frank Wiles will speak briefly at 6:30 on suicide prevention in the tech industry followed by special guest Brian McClendon on how start-ups and innovations are impacting the Midwest. Our limited number of tickets ensure exclusivity (about 120 sold) and an opportunity to meet Brian McClendon. Hors d'oeuvres and premium bar service (for those 21+, of course) are included. A portion of all tickets are tax deductible with all proceeds benefiting Headquarters, Inc.

Tickets are $250 per person and will only be available through September 7th. Tickets will not be sold at the door. Special early bird price of $200 per ticket will be available through August 15th.

Thank you to our sponsors, Brass on Baltimore and Revolution Systems

Headquarters, Inc. operates Headquarters Counseling Center and the Kansas Suicide Prevention Resource Center. Headquarters Counseling Center operates the only National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Crisis Center in Kansas answering about 25,000 calls per year. The Kansas Suicide Prevention Resource Center offers education and technical assistance to businesses, civic leaders, educators, and concerned citizens to make communities suicide-safer.

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Our guest:

Brian McClendon grew up in Lawrence, Kansas (his childhood home, Meadowbrook Apartments in Lawrence, is the default center point of Google Earth).He graduated from Lawrence High School and from the University of Kansas with a degree in electrical engineering.

McClendon spent eight years with Silicon Graphics developing high-end workstation 3D graphics hardware. He was an active angel investor since 1997 and in 2001 he was one of the original investors and a board member in Keyhole, Inc. Keyhole was a software development company specializing in geospatial data visualization applications. He later joined the company full-time as a vice-president of engineering.

McClendon joined Google in 2004, when Google purchased Keyhole. Keyhole's main application suite, Earth Viewer, formed the basis of Google Earth. For 10 years, he led the "Geo" efforts at Google including Google Maps, Google Earth, Streetview, and Waze.

Even while living in California, he maintained close ties with his alma mater, the University of Kansas, serving on advisory boards for both the School of Engineering and the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and serving as a Trustee for the KU Endowment.

He and his wife Beth McClendon established the McClendon Engineering Scholarship at the university in 2007, donated computer tablets for electrical engineering and computer science students, and provided a Google Liquid Galaxy interactive display at the University's Eaton Hall. In 2013, he served as Grand Marshal of the University's homecoming parade.

He left Google to join Uber in June 2015 to lead Uber's mapping, self-driving, and business-platform groups. In January 2017 he joined Kansas City venture capitalist firm Firebrand VC as an advisor. In March of 2017 he returned Lawrence to become a Research Professor at the University of Kansas.

Event Location

Brass on Baltimore Rooftop
Kansas City, MO 64105

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