C-10 Podcast: Sly James, Ep. 90

As we do from time to time — as this podcast was designed — we are featuring an interview that was done in front of our C-10 students and mentors. This interview was done just a few hours ago…on Wednesday night, September 14th, in the Crown Club at Kauffman Stadium.

It features a conversation with former Kansas City, Missouri, mayor Sly James.

Sly James has worn many hats over the years – lead singer in a band, military police officer, trial attorney, mayor who oversaw Kansas City, Missouri’s renaissance, and award-winning author. And we touch on most of those hats.

Sly’s uncanny ability to bring a bold vision to life are evident through results like the construction and expansion of a transformative modern streetcar line, overwhelming passage of an $800 million infrastructure package, collaborating with our C You In The Major Leagues founder Dayton Moore and the Royals to build the Urban Youth Academy, and closing the gap between the city’s third grade reading proficiency and the state average by a third.

Sly graduated from Rockhurst University with a degree in English, and then earned his law degree from the University of Minnesota.

Shortly after leaving the public sector, Sly became half of Wickham James Strategies & Solutions, which helps clients with strategic communications, crisis communications, government relations, public policy, political strategy and mediations.

We start off this chat with Sly James with our Pregame batting practice…



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