Cindy McCain to Headline Women’s Foundation Annual Event Focusing on Civic Engagement

“Changemakers: Celebrating the Power of Women to Make Positive Change” will be held on September 24 at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

KANSAS CITY – The Women’s Foundation announced today that businesswoman and philanthropist Cindy McCain will headline the organization’s “We Work for Change” Annual Event, presented by Bank of America, on Tuesday, September 24, 2019 – focusing on the power of women to make positive change through civic engagement and public service.

Coinciding with the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment granting women the right to vote, this year’s event will bring together elected officials, activists, and business executives around the theme of “Changemakers” – to celebrate the progress women have made and reflect on the work that still must be done to close the leadership gap once and for all.

The event is set for 4-6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 24 at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Helzberg Hall. It is a fundraiser for the Women’s Foundation, which promotes equity and opportunity for women of all ages in Kansas and Missouri.

“Cindy McCain has dedicated her life to making positive change and empowering the next generation of barrier-breaking public servants,” said Wendy Doyle, Women’s Foundation President & CEO. “From working to end human trafficking worldwide to promoting character-driven leadership and civic engagement, Cindy is carrying on her family’s inspiring legacy of public service. We’re thrilled that she’s joining us to celebrate the power of women to make positive change and our shared responsibility as citizens to leave our communities better than we found them.”

As the Chair of the Board of Trustees of the McCain Institute for International Leadership at Arizona State University, Cindy oversees the organization’s focus on advancing character-driven global leadership based on security, economic opportunity, freedom and human dignity.

Cindy also chairs the Institute’s Human Trafficking Advisory Council. This is an issue she cares deeply about and is committed to ending human trafficking and supporting victims in Arizona, the United States and around the world. Through her work with the McCain Institute, several partnerships have been formed with anti-trafficking organizations working on solving various aspects of the problem. She also serves as co-chair of the Arizona Governor’s Council on human trafficking.

In addition to her work at the McCain Institute, she serves on the Board of Directors of Project C.U.R.E and the Advisory Boards of Too Small To Fail and Warriors and Quiet Waters. Cindy holds an undergraduate degree in Education and a Master’s in Special Education from USC and is a member of the USC Rossier School of Education Board of Councilors.

Cindy is the Chairman of her family’s business, Hensley Beverage Company, which is one of the largest Anheuser-Busch distributors in the nation. Cindy is the wife of the late U.S. Senator John McCain who passed away in 2018. Together, they have four children.

The Women’s Foundation also announced its 2019 event leadership: Co-chairing are Cathi and David Brain and their daughter, Caroline Brain, and Millie and Mike Brown and their daughter, Stephanie Brown. The Patron Committee co-chairs are Marjorie Adair, Courtney Kounkel, Dr. Marion Pierson, and Kelly Scanlon.

Women’s Foundation promotes equity and opportunity for women of all ages, using research, philanthropy and policy solutions to make meaningful change. More information about the organization can be found at