Leadership

C-10 Podcast: Jonathan Jones, Ep. 123

This week on the C-10 Podcast we’re talking with Jonathan Jones, the Cultural Conversation Leader at DEMDACO. What does a Cultural Conversation Leader do? And just what is DEMDACO? We’ll find that out momentarily. Jonathan has been with DEMDACO since September 2006. He joined the company to help its leaders focus on their mission and culture. As part of that, in full disclosure, DEMDACO — thanks to Jonathan — has been a sponsor at our … Read more

C-10 Podcast: Dayton Moore, Ep. 121

As we hit summer this week, it’s a great time for baseball camp. And it’s a great time to pick up our bimonthly chat with C You In The Major Leagues Founder and Executive Chair Dayton Moore. This was recorded during our ninth annual C You In The Major Leagues Baseball Camp at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City. This week we chat with Dayton about his old friend Rusty Kuntz, who was … Read more

C-10 Podcast: C-10 Seniors, Ep. 120

As you might’ve seen in the title, this is episode 120. It’s going to be a little different from most episodes, but it’s an exciting one for us. See, on May 31st, we closed our C-10 Mentoring & Leadership school year with our annual salute to the seniors. This year, in addition to the normal pomp and circumstance, we asked each senior to deliver a 2-5 minute speech on one of our 10 C words. Each … Read more

C-10 Podcast: Toby Cook, Ep. 119

If you’re a long-time Kansas Citian, you likely recognize the name Toby Cook. He spent more than 14 years with the Kansas City Royals as the Vice President of Publicity. Before that, he was an anchor for eight years on Fox4 in Kansas City. In the spring of 2021, he had a job pivot — in his early 50s — when he left the Royals and became the Director of Public Relations for the University … Read more

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 … Read more

C-10 Podcast: Ryan Watson, Ep. 117

  This week on the C-10 Podcast we’re chatting with Ryan Watson, a one-on-one mentor in the C-10 Mentoring & Leadership program. Ryan is finishing his second year in the program. As his student Korey heads to college in the fall, Ryan is eager to get his next student. Ryan grew up in the Kansas City area, graduated from Rockhurst High School and then Kansas State University. Incidentally, he is the nephew of award-winning jazz … Read more

C-10 Podcast: C-10 Seniors, Ep. 116

  One of our favorite nights on the C-10 Mentoring & Leadership program calendar happened recently. It’s when we invite the next year’s cohort of students to come to a session and see what C-10’s about. As part of that, we interview the current seniors to see what they’ve taken from their two to four years in the program. So, this week you’re meet and hear from five of this year’s seven seniors: Alissa from … Read more

C-10 Podcast: Mandy Shoemaker, Ep. 115

For those who’ve met her in the last 10 years or so, Mandy Shoemaker is an entrepreneur. And rightly so. In 2013, she and her sister-in-law Michala Gibson founded Prairie Elder Care, which provides residential care in a unique setting for people living with Alzheimer’s and dementia. And then last year they launched Connectivities, a subscription-based service that provides boxes of supplies for activities to help build connections for families and other caregivers for people … Read more

C-10 Podcast: Ryan Lefebvre, Ep. 114

Periodically since February, we’ve been introducing you to the remarkable people featured in the new book, “One Good Thing.” This week, you’re going to “meet” Ryan Lefebvre. We’re putting “meet” in quotation marks because although you likely know Ryan’s work as a Royals broadcaster for 25 years, you’re going to hear a different side of Ryan in this conversation, as we chat about race, how George Brett’s brother helped Ryan get his first real glove, … Read more

C-10 Podcast: C-10 Students, Ep. 112

One of the most interesting sessions we do with our C-10 students is what we call “student podcast night.” We started this last school year as a way to encourage the students to listen to the C-10 podcast with more intentionality. Here’s how it works. We pick four students and they each pick a different episode of the C-10 Podcast. They listen to it, pick a 30-90-second segment that speaks to them the most, and … Read more

C-10 Podcast: Ray Jarrett, Ep. 111

Periodically on this podcast since February, we’ve been introducing you folks who have turned doing “one good thing” into life-changing experiences and moments for people in the Kansas City community (and beyond). The series is part of the new book, titled “One Good Thing,” that was co-authored by CYITML Founder/Board President Dayton Moore, CYITML Executive Director and host of the C-10 Podcast Matt Fulks, and this week’s guest, Ray Jarrett, the Executive Director of Unite … Read more

C-10 Podcast: Taylor Penrod, Ep. 110

Periodically on this podcast since February, we’ve been introducing you folks who have turned doing “one good thing” into life-changing experiences and moments for people in the Kansas City community (and beyond). The series is part of the new book, titled “One Good Thing,” that was co-authored by CYITML Founder/Board President Dayton Moore, Ray Jarrett, the Executive Director of Unite KC, and Matt Fulks, CYITML ED and host of the C-10 Podcast. (You can learn … Read more

C-10 Podcast: Cynthia Boles, Ep. 109

  This week, we’re turning over the interviewing to Dr. Max Utsler, our C-10 Curriculum Coordinator, who, like this week’s guest, spent several years in television before going into a second career. In Max’s case, that was about 40 years as a journalism professor. For this week’s guest, it was television and into public relations. But we’re getting ahead of ourselves. See, as we close out International Women’s Month, it seemed like a perfect time … Read more

C-10 Podcast: Mike Thomas, Ep. 108

  With the NCAA men’s basketball tournament happening right now — and the championship of the NAIA national tournament being crowned last weekend — this seems like a great time to chat with this week’s guest. But, frankly, it was just by happenstance that we even found out that he played basketball collegiately. See, we know him as the Chief Operating Officer at Operation Breakthrough, an organization in Kansas City, Missouri that does incredible work … Read more

C-10 Podcast: Lina Baquero and Lenin Guerra, Ep. 106

As you may know — as we’ve mentioned on previous episodes — one early goal of this podcast was to introduce you to the great leaders who speak to our C-10 Mentoring & Leadership group once a month. Another early goal was to introduce you to the incredible mentors in the C-10 program. Well, this week, we’re combining both. Several months ago, C-10 Curriculum Committee Chair — and occasional guest host of the C-10 Podcast … Read more

C-10 Podcast: Artrell Harris, Ep. 105

Throughout the next several weeks on this podcast, you’re going to be hearing about the new book, “One Good Thing,” which was written by CYITML Founder Dayton Moore, Unite KC Executive Director Ray Jarrett, and CYITML ED and host of this podcast Matt Fulks. The book is a collection of first-person profiles of people who are doing “one good thing” in Kansas City to make a generational impact on this community. (Among the show’s notes … Read more

C-10 Podcast: Chris Moeller, Ep. 104

  As we do about once a month, we take part of an interview with a guest speaker with our C-10 Mentoring & Leadership students and mentors and turn it into a podcast episode. After all, the guests we bring in to speak to that group are either great leaders in their fields — people who can teach us all about leadership — or people with stories that can inspire us. This week, you get … Read more

C-10 Podcast: Friday Flashback-Len Dawson, Ep. 102

  Earlier this week, my wife, who spent the first 28 years of her life outside the Midwest, saw a social media post about the Chiefs heading to the Super Bowl and it referenced No. 16. And she asked me, “Who’s number 16?” That was Len Dawson, I told her. She knows enough about football and Chiefs’ greats — and has lived in Kansas City — long enough to know Len Dawson was one of … Read more