C. Stephen Metzler Mentor Program

Applications for the 2018-2019 Class Will Open Soon

Protege applications for the 2017-2018 Metzler Mentor Program are now closed, thank you for your interest. If you would like to apply for our 2018-2019 class, please watch for our announcement in late 2017. Please contact Mid-America-GLCC board member Michael Hopkins with any questions or concerns.

Program Overview

The C. Stephen Metzler Program, administered by the Mid-America GLCC, exists to promote and expedite the success of aspiring LGBT professionals in the Kansas City community through one-on-one and group mentoring with local business and community leaders that have demonstrated a significant commitment to the LGBT and greater Kansas City communities.

This program is an incredible opportunity for both mentors and proteges to gain a deeper understanding and appreciation for the diversity and complexity of our LGBT identity and community. Mentors will gain a new perspective on the issues facing younger LGBT leaders, and proteges will learn invaluable lessons from the experiences and advice shared by our mentors.

Our goal is to help proteges 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.

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


Coming Soon: 2018-2018 Mentors

We are working to confirm our Metzler Mentors for the 2018-2019 class. We can't wait to share our next lineup of impressive mentors.

UMKC LGBTQUIA Partnership umkc-lgbtqia

The Metzler Mentor Program enjoys a unique and important partnership with the University of Missouri Kansas City (UMKC) and it's Office of Student Invovlement for LGBTQIA Programs and Services.

Each new school year, Metzler Proteges work closely with our UMKC liaison to organize and engage with LGBTQIA juniors and seniors. The goal is to help prepare students to transition from undergraduate studies into the workplace and other professional settings. Students are also introduced and exposed to the greater Mid-America GLCC community through B2B Networking Events, the Business Equality Conference, and other great chamber programs.

The Metzler Mentor Program is proud and grateful for our partnership with such a progressive and supportive academic institution.


Metzler Mentor Program Committee

michael hopkins
Michael Hopkins, Founder and Principal of Curate Health and founding board member of the Mid-America GLCC

Michael Hopkins is a successful healthcare technology professional with prior experience at Cerner Corp., Lexmark Enterprise Solutions (previously Perceptive Software), and most currently Intouch Solutions where he is a Manager for Client Services for the mobile products team. Michael recently started his own company, Curate Health, which is building a consumer ready personal health record and social network to help people care for themselves and their loved ones better.

Michael was on the founding board for the Mid-America GLCC and has recently returned to launch the mentor program. He is a Kansas City Health Commissioner, is on the board of SAVE Inc., and is involved with AIDS Walk Kansas City.

kim jones
Kim Jones, Managing Partner at Seyferth Blumenthal & Harris and founding board member of the Mid-America GLCC

Kim is an experienced trial attorney, successfully defending employers nationwide in labor and employment matters. Kim also provides training to management and non-management employees, conducts workplace investigations, and advises her clients on thorny employee relations issues. Kim has been recognized by her peers as one of The Best Lawyers in America, a Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyer, one of the Top 100 Lawyers, and Top 50 Female Lawyers in Kansas City.

Kim’s commitment to diversity and inclusion extends to her civic engagement. She has served on the boards of the Central Exchange, the Human Rights Campaign, and the Mid-America Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce. She is also committed to the arts, serving on the Nelson-Atkins Museum Business Council’s Steering Committee, and previously serving on the Friends of Art board.

jonathan pryor
Jonathan Pryor, Assistant Director for LGBTQIA Programs & Services, Office of Student Involvement University of Missouri Kansas City

Jonathan serves as the Assistant Director for LGBTQIA Programs & Services in the Office of Student Involvement at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He is a doctoral candidate of Higher Education at the University of Missouri, where his research focuses on LGBTQ leadership and the experiences of LGBTQ college students. A native of southeast Kansas, Jonathan attended the University of Kansas for his undergraduate degrees in Communication and Religious Studies.

Jonathan has served UMKC since 2012, supporting UMKC’s LGBTQIA students through education, programming, and support, and is proud to partner with Kansas City’s many LGBTQIA serving organizations.



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