Leadership

C-10 Podcast: Evan Lange, The Signatry, Ep. 51

  As you probably know if you follow us on social media or have gone to C10Mentoring.com, there are two huge goals for the C-10 Mentoring & Leadership program for high school students here in the Kansas City area. One is to help develop a servant-leadership heart in them — or to continue developing that. The second is to help prepare them for the next stage in life. This year with our nine seniors we … Read more

C-10 Podcast: Marc Pitman, Ep. 50

  We have a signed book to give away this week! But first… This podcast, as you know, focuses mainly on leadership and mentoring. What better person to have on this week than a leadership coach and someone who, literally, wrote a book about leadership.   Marc Pitman is the CEO of the Concord Leadership Group. He has a Masters in Organizational Leadership and certification as a FranklinCovey Coach. His clients have included Maine Public Broadcasting, … Read more

C-10 Podcast: Lori Top, Ep. 49

  One of our initial goals with this podcast was to highlight the outstanding mentors in our C-10 Mentoring & Leadership program. We also use this podcast to highlight the guest speakers we have for our students and mentors during the weekly sessions. Well, in this week’s episode, we’re combining both of those, if you will. On Wednesday, March 31st, we did relatively short interviews with three of our mentors in front of our students … Read more

C-10 Podcast: George Norton, Ep. 47

  If you’re a long-time listener of this podcast you know that one of our initial goals was to highlight some of the outstanding mentors in our C-10 Mentoring & Leadership program. We also use this podcast to highlight the guest speakers we have for our students and mentors during the weekly sessions.  Well, in this week’s episode, we’re combining both of those. On Wednesday, March 31st, we did relatively short interviews with three of … Read more

C-10 Podcast: J.R. Buckner, Ep. 46

    We wrote this last week, but if you want to know what it looks like to be a leader in business and in the community, you don’t have to look any further than our guest this week. J.R. Buckner has been the President and CEO of First Federal Bank of Kansas City since April 2014. After receiving his degree in accounting and management from Park University, Buckner went into banking through a management … Read more

C-10 Podcast, Ep. 45: Carolyn Watley, CBIZ Exec. & Community Leader

  If you want to know what it looks like to be a leader in business and in the community, you don’t have to look any further than our guest this week. Carolyn Watley has been with CBiz since 1977, during which time she has gone from office manager to President, and is now the Vice President of Community Engagement. Oh, and speaking of community engagement, she’s the Chair for the Kansas City Chamber of … Read more

C-10 Podcast, Ep. 44: Jim Carr, Pres./CEO, NAIA

It’s perhaps the toughest basketball tournament in the country: the national tournament for the NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics), which starts on March 18 in historic Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City, Mo. We’re joined this week by the President and CEO of the NAIA, Jim Carr. We talk hoops, leadership, the relationship between the NAIA and the NCAA, and Jim takes a swing at our “Pregame Batting Practice” questions. Jim Carr joined the NAIA … Read more

C-10 Podcast: Chad Gerlt, Ep. 43

  If you’re a long-time Kansas City resident — “long time” as in you were here in the 1980s and even ‘90s — you likely remember a movie theater inside Crown Center. It wasn’t huge inside…in fact, the theaters could be called cozy. But in 2007, after the movie theater closed and Crown Center renovated the space, they approached Musical Theater Heritage, which had been producing shows since 2003 on a loading dock, about moving … Read more

  Something must’ve been in the water at Shawnee Mission South High School in the late 1980s because in a two-year span, 1987-88, it produced Michael Brandt, a successful writer/executive producer of movies and a hit TV series — not just a single show, but a series of shows — and two Hollywood actors: Rob Riggle, who was on this podcast last spring, and this week’s guest.  He can be seen pretty much every Wednesday … Read more

C-10 Podcast: Matthew West, Ep. 39

  Stories are a powerful tool in leadership and mentoring. One of the best storytellers today is this week’s guest: Contemporary Christian singer and songwriter, Matthew West.  West has had 10 No. 1 songs on Billboard’s Christian Airplay chart, including “More,” “Hello, My Name Is,” “The Motions,” and his latest hit, “Truth Be Told.” He is also a fantastic writer, and if you follow him on social media or seen him in concert, you know … Read more

C-10 Podcast: Ray Jarrett, Ep. 38

  There is a relatively new movement in Kansas City that you may not be familiar with. It’s called Unite KC. In essence it’s the idea that through faith and our churches in Kansas City, along with a diverse group of folks from every sector across the board, we can bring about racial harmony and justice to this community. In full disclosure, one of the people who helped start Unite KC is the founder of … Read more

C-10 Podcast: Ron Slepitza, Ep. 37

  One of the most exciting aspects of our C-10 program is how our graduating seniors will be able to receive a C-10 Leaders scholarship. On top of that, though, we have partner schools in the region that are willing to go above and beyond that to help the students realize their dreams even more.  One of those schools is Avila University here in Kansas City. We are pleased and honored to be joined this … Read more

C-10 Podcast: Brian Diddle, Ep. 35

  This week we’re chatting with Brian Diddle, a long-time CYITML supporter and the owner of Precision Printing. Shortly after graduating from MidAmerica Nazarene in 1980, Brian went to work for a local bank for two years. About two years later, though, a friend started talking to Brian about opening a printing firm. And the rest, as they say, is history.  In this episode we talk to Brian about why he started Precision, how much … Read more

C-10 Podcast: Bryan Busby, Ep. 31

  We’ve mentioned before how a year ago, when we first started talking about this podcast, the idea was to release a new episode every two weeks. One week would be a conversation with one of our mentors, like we had last week with long-time L.A. sportscaster Todd Donoho. The other episode each month would feature the conversation with that month’s guest speaker for the C-10 Mentoring & Leadership program.  Obviously COVID changed a lot … Read more

C-10 Podcast: Dubill, Myers and Moore, Ep. 29

  As you may remember or have have seen — or you might’ve been on the original call — in October we ended the month-long Crown Town Challenge campaign with a celebration webinar on leadership featuring Christa Dubill, the Chief Communications Officer for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City, Retired General Richard Myers, who is a former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and current President of Kansas State University, and “C” … Read more

C-10 Podcast: Steve Minnis, Ep. 28

  This is a special episode for a couple of different reasons. One, our C-10 Mentoring & Leadership program Committee Chair Max Utsler is co-hosting and two, because our guest is Steve Minnis, the president of one of our C-10 Leaders Scholarship partner schools. Minnis became the president of Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas, in October 2004. Before that, he had a long legal career in the Johnson County prosecutor’s office and with Sprint.  This … Read more

C-10 Podcast: Mark Garrett, Ep. 27

  Mark Garrett has been the Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer for Blue KC since July 2019. Before that, he had distinguished careers in leadership with Smithfield-Farmland Foods, Kansas City Public Schools, Hallmark Cards, and he’s on the board for the Kansas City Chamber of Commerce. This week we talk about Mark’s leadership background, a time when he struck out and when he hit a home run as a leader, what you can do … Read more

C-10 Podcast: Al Wallace, Ep. 26

  Al Wallace shouldn’t be new to anyone who’s lived in Kansas City during the past 35 years. After all, you invited him into your home countless times. He retired from WDAF-TV (Fox 4) in December 2018, but since then he’s written a book, “One for the Coyotes,” he’s taught classes in the journalism department at the University of Kansas, he’s led tours at historic Allen Fieldhouse, he’s co-hosted an episode or two of this … Read more