WINFIELD — Women for Kansas-Cowley County (W4K-CC) will have its first meet-up of 2018 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Jan. 13 at the Winfield High School cafeteria, located at 300 Viking Blvd.

Save Our Schools Cowley County is a co-sponsor of this free, public event. Annie McKay, president and chief executive officer of Kansas Action for Children (KAC), will be the featured speaker.

McKay’s presentation, “Think Big, Start Small: Preparing Every Kansas Kid for Lifelong Success,” will discuss the great strides made for Kansas kids in 2017 and highlight important legislative issues that remain to be addressed. She will discuss what citizens can do to make 2018 a year in which lawmakers at every level prioritize kids and families.

“We are thrilled to welcome Annie McKay back to Winfield,” said Pam Moreno, one of the co-leaders of W4K-CC. “She is such an engaging speaker and she really makes it clear what is at stake for Kansas if we don’t provide necessary support for children in our state. We encourage everyone to join us and learn what we can do now to protect our children’s futures.”

Before joining KAC in June 2016, McKay was executive director of the Kansas Center of Economic Growth. She also served as a research analyst with the University of Kansas, evaluating early childhood and federally funded programs that target low-income students.

A Kansas native, McKay has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Kansas and a master’s degree from the University of Chicago.

Women for Kansas-Cowley County meets on the second Saturday of each month. All are welcome to attend. For more information about this event or Women for Kansas-Cowley County, call Moreno at (620) 262-2326 or Tracy Muller at (620) 307-6290, or email cowleycounty@womenforkansas.org.

This information was provided by Women for Kansas-Cowley County Co-Leader Pam Moreno.