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We Are Wickham James Strategies & Solutions.

We are a diverse team with decades of experience in delivering results through public relations, political strategy, government relations, crafting public policy and mediations.

Joni and Sly

Strategies & Solutions






In this candid autobiography that seamlessly incorporates political philosophy, the life story of Kansas City, Missouri, Mayor Sylvester “Sly” James is told in a fast-paced, entertaining, informative, and authentic style.


Joni Wickham shares her experience navigating gender biases while working in politics, business and government. Pre-ordering available from both of the retailers below.


For many years I have had the good fortune to work with and observe the talents of both Mayor Sly James and Joni Wickham. Together they possess an exceptional ability to combine vision, strategy and execution in areas of public affairs and I trust their advice to others will be as effective as their work for the residents of Kansas City as esteemed public officials.

Stephen GoldsmithHarvard Professor, Practice of Government

Joni and Sly have been tremendously helpful in moving She Should Run's mission forward. Their passion for connecting women to leadership opportunities is obvious and their commitment to making sure every aspect of our programs and events run smoothly has been such an asset. It's our pleasure join forces with the team at Wickham James.

Erin Loos CutraroFounder and CEO of She Should Run

Bloomberg Associates could not have asked for better partners in Mayor Sly James and Joni Wickham. Kansas City, Missouri, Is safer, greener, more inclusive, more innovative and efficient thanks to their bold leadership. Their authenticity and commitment to solving complex challenges and delivering results made it a pleasure for us to work together and help deliver on their ambitious goals for the City.

George FertittaCEO of Bloomberg Associates

Mayor James and Joni Wickham are an incredible team who bring a uniquely inclusive and collaborative approach to getting things done. Their diverse perspectives and the personal attention they give to projects make them wonderful partners for any organization working for change.

Wendy DoylePresident and CEO of Women’s Foundation

As an experienced lawyer, I know and appreciate the value of solving problems for my clients efficiently and effectively, and I know how a good mediator can help me achieve those goals. I knew Sly James long before he was President of the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association and before he became mayor of our city. I have had Sly function as a mediator in more than a dozen cases. Because of his varied experience as a lawyer and leader, he is able to relate to everyone in a way that puts them at ease and assures them that he will devote his best efforts to help them analyze the facts in an effort to resolve their case.

William Dirk VandeverThe Popham Law Firm