C-10 Podcast: Mary Esselman, Ep. 118

This week we’re joined by Mary Esselman, the President and CEO of Operation Breakthrough here in Kansas City. Mary has an interesting background in education, starting as a teacher in a prison before focusing on children from under-resourced areas. She taught in the Kansas City area, moved to Detroit, and then came back to KC to begin working at Operation Breakthrough. (If you’re not familiar, Operation Breakthrough, which started in 1971, provides a safe, loving and educational environment for children in poverty and empowers their families through advocacy, emergency aid and education.)

We’re incredibly fortunate that Mary and her incredible team at Operation Breakthrough allow our C-10 Mentoring & Leadership program to use their space on a fairly regular basis during the school year.

Mary takes our Pre-Game Batting Practice before diving in to the 10 questions, including one about our C word, COMMITMENT.



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