24th Annual Event Benefiting the Library and Legacy of President Harry S. Truman


Thursday, April 20, 2023

Muehlebach TowerKansas City Marriott Downtown
1213 Wyandotte, Kansas City, Missouri
Onstage and Online

5:30 PM CST ★ Sponsors Reception
6:15 PM CST ★ Social Hour
7:00 PM CST ★ Dinner
7:45 PM CST ★ Program and Live Stream




Please join us at the Marriott Muehlebach Hotel on April 20, 2023 as we raise a glass to honor the legacy of America’s 33rd president and raise funds to benefit his world-class presidential center, the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum.

We’re celebrating the 75th anniversary of President Truman’s “Year of Great Decisions,” 1948, which paved the road for lasting constitutional democracies worldwide and new freedoms here at home: Recognition of Israel, Desegregating the U.S. Armed Forces, the Marshall Plan and Berlin Airlift.

Together, we will rediscover his steadfast commitment to collaboration, inclusiveness, and bipartisanship, and his mission for establishing a library that would serve as a “Classroom for Democracy”…visions that have re-emerged as more vital and timely in 2023 than ever before.

Sponsor and Table Host benefits for this exciting event include VIP access to the exclusive Sponsors Party, photo opportunities with featured guests, open bar, craft cocktails, live music, and a chef-curated three-course dinner with wine.

Whether you love history, love Harry, or just love a great party, you won’t want to miss Wild About Harry!

Attire: Business Cocktail ★ Bow ties Encouraged


Keynote Speaker

Doris Kearns Goodwin ★ Presidential Historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning Author

Doris Kearns Goodwin offers context for our turbulent times and shares how today’s leaders can learn from the past.

Doris Kearns Goodwin is a world-renowned presidential historian, public speaker and Pulitzer Prize-winning, New York Times #1 best-selling author. Since 2020 she has served as executive producer for the History Channel’s miniseries events Washington, Abraham Lincoln, and Theodore Roosevelt, with more to come!

Goodwin is the author of seven critically acclaimed and New York Times best-selling books, including her most recent, Leadership in Turbulent Times, which incorporates her five decades of scholarship studying Presidents Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin Roosevelt and Lyndon Baines Johnson. Goodwin was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in history for No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II.

Well known for her appearances and commentary on television, Goodwin is seen frequently in documentaries and on television news and cable networks and late-night talk shows.

Goodwin’s interest in presidential leadership was inspired by her experience as a 24-year-old White House Fellow, working directly for President Johnson in his last year in the White House, and later assisting him in the preparation of his memoirs.

Goodwin graduated magna cum laude from Colby College. She earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Government from Harvard University, where she taught Government, including a course on the American Presidency. Goodwin lives in Boston. She was the first woman to enter the Boston Red Sox locker room in 1979 and is a devoted fan of the World Series-winning team.



Admiral Michelle J. Howard ★ Retired, U.S. Navy

Recipient of the 2023 Harry S. Truman Legacy of Leadership Award

A ground-breaking leader during her 35-year career in the U.S. Navy, Michelle Howard was the first woman to achieve the rank of four-star admiral and the first woman to be appointed to the position of vice chief of naval operations (the second highest rank in the Navy). She was also the first African-American woman to reach the rank of three-star and four stars in any branch of the U.S. Armed Forces and the first African-American woman to command a ship in the Navy. A veteran of operations that included NATO peacekeeping, Indonesia tsunami relief, Desert Storm and Iraqi Freedom, she was thrust into the international spotlight in 2009 as leader of the counter-piracy task force that rescued civilian Captain Richard Phillips from Somali pirates. The rescue was later depicted in the film Captain Phillips.

Admiral Howard is a former visiting professor at the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University, where she focused on the cyber domain and associated issues in strategy and policy. The appointment highlighted a distinguished career in national defense within the areas of operations, readiness, and strategic planning.

Admiral Howard led Sailors and Marines multiple times in her career as the commander of a ship, an expeditionary task force and a naval theater. This culminated in her final post as Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe and U.S. Naval Forces Africa, in which she simultaneously led NATO’s Allied Joint Force Command Naples with oversight of missions from the Western Balkans to Iraq. Admiral Howard is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College. She is the first woman graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy to become an admiral.

On Admiral Howard’s appointment to the IBM board, IBM CEO Ginni Rometty said in a statement, “Admiral Howard is a groundbreaking leader with a distinguished career in military service. Her leadership skills, international perspective and extensive experience with cybersecurity and information technology will make her a great addition to the IBM Board.”

A gifted speaker, Admiral Howard instantly connects with audiences with warmth and humor. Her keynotes address leadership, cybersecurity, diversity, innovation and team building. To each, she lends experience gained from three decades on the front lines and highest levels of national defense. Bringing the empowering insights of an African-American woman who spent her career shattering glass ceilings and breaking new ground, she continues to motivate others with her highly inspirational presence.




Since its inception, WILD ABOUT HARRY – the premiere event celebrating and advancing President Truman’s legacy and library – has raised nearly $9 million in support of nationally acclaimed education and outreach programs that foster civic learning and engagement.

In 2010, the Truman Library Institute inaugurated the Harry S. Truman Legacy of Leadership Award, now an annual WILD event highlight. Together, the dinner and award ceremony provide invaluable support to the mission that mattered most to President Truman after leaving the White House – establishing his presidential library as a “Classroom for Democracy” where young people, especially, would be inspired and prepared to lead lives of purpose and service. Thank you for helping advance this vital cause through your support of WILD ABOUT HARRY.