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Refining Self Through Service | Sly James | TEDxKUEdwards

Sylvester “Sly” James, Jr. served as Mayor of Kansas City, Missouri from 2011-2019. During his tenure, Kansas City enjoyed a renaissance boasting nationally recognized successes in modern transportation development – from a new streetcar to a new, single terminal airport – third grade reading initiatives, SMART city technology deployment and adoption of a 20-year infrastructure repair program. He served on the advisory board of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, and is a past president of the National Conference of Democratic Mayors, and the African- American Mayors Association. Before holding office, James practiced as a trial attorney with trial, litigation and meditation experience as both a defense and plaintiff’s attorney with over 70 cases tried to juries and over 200 mediations. He was the first African American Associate and Partner in the Blackwell, Sanders, Matheny, Weary & Lombardi Law Firm. And prior to that, he served in the United States Marine Corps. Sylvester “Sly” James, Jr. served as Mayor of Kansas City, Missouri from 2011-2019. During his tenure, Kansas City enjoyed a renaissance boasting nationally recognized successes in modern transportation development – from a new streetcar to a new, single terminal airport – third grade reading initiatives, SMART city technology deployment and adoption of a 20-year infrastructure repair program. He served on the advisory board of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, and is a past president of the National Conference of Democratic Mayors, and the African- American Mayors Association.

Before holding office, James practiced as a trial attorney with trial, litigation and meditation experience as both a defense and plaintiff’s attorney with over 70 cases tried to juries and over 200 mediations. He was the first African American Associate and Partner in the Blackwell, Sanders, Matheny, Weary & Lombardi Law Firm. And prior to that, he served in the United States Marine Corps. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx

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