Leadership

C-10 Podcast: Andriy Kravtsov, Ep 93

Imagine not only going out of town, but going out of the country. And after just a day or two of being in this foreign country, war breaks out in your hometown. And it’s not safe for you to go back. Suddenly, you’re in a foreign country, all of your friends are halfway around the world, much of your family is halfway around the world, and all you have possessions-wise are the clothes and whatever … Read more

C-10 Podcast: Dan Deeble, Ep. 92

  Have you gone through a career change, perhaps by your own choosing, as we saw coming out of Covid, or by a company downsizing? As a leader, have you ever felt stuck? Felt as if your leadership can be better, but you’re not sure how to get to that next level? This episode’s guest can help. Early in his career, Dan Deeble was the Marketing Director for McDonald’s of Santa Barbara. He had a … Read more

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 … Read more

C-10 Podcast: Dave Heller, Ep. 89

  Typically with this podcast, we focus on leaders and great mentors in Kansas City, or formerly of this community. Well, this week we’re going outside of the area, but it’s someone with ties here. Of sorts. This week we’re joined by Dave Heller, the owner of the Royals’ high-A affiliate, the Quad Cities River Bandits. He and his group, Main Street Baseball, have owned multiple minor-league teams. So we’ll talk a little baseball. Dave … Read more

C-10 Podcast: Casey Wright, Ep. 88

  This week we’re chatting with Casey Wright, president of Chief of Staff Kansas City, a staffing firm in Kansas City. Casey, who’s been in recruiting most of his career, is a great fit for our C word this week, COACH. In the C You In The Major Leagues vernacular, COACH is someone who understands the big picture, is an independent thinker, a good self evaluator, and offers enthusiasm. Chief of Staff KC is a … Read more

C-10 Podcast: Mentors, Ep. 86

  After spending time with a few of our C-10 seniors in the previous episode, we wanted to give you a chance to hear from four of the mentors in the C-10 Mentoring & Leadership program. During one of our sessions in April, when a guest speaker had to postpone because of a family emergency, we called on these four mentors to talk on the stage in front of all of the students and other … Read more

C-10 Podcast: C-10 Seniors, Ep. 85

As we come to end of the 2021-22 school year, we wanted to give you a chance to hear from the seniors in our C-10 Mentoring & Leadership program. So, during one of our sessions in May, we invited next year’s cohort, along with all other current C-10 students to hear interviews with our current seniors. That’s turned into this episode. You’re going to hear from four of our six seniors — Sidney, Jameson, Naomi … Read more

C-10 Podcast: Denny Matthews, Ep. 82

  Denny Matthews has been the one consistent radio voice with the Kansas City Royals since their first year, 1969. For his first few years in the booth, Matthews, who grew up in central Illinois, worked with the legendary Buddy Blattner. When Blattner retired in 1974, Matthews became the “voice” of the Royals and has been the Royals’ top broadcaster ever since. From 1974 through the 1998 season – a stretch that includes some of … Read more

C-10 Podcast: Jenny Housley, Ep. 81

This week’s “C” word is Competitor. In the C You In The Major Leagues vernacular, Competitor means someone who has a desire and ability to compete, has high expectations, is tough minded, and brings out the best in those around him or her. And this week’s guest certainly fits that.  Jenny Housley is the Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer at Blue KC. She oversees the Medicare, Small Group, Mid-Market and Large Group sales … Read more

C-10 Podcast: Phil Mahre, Ep. 80

  This month’s “C” word, Confidence, and this week’s guest go hand in hand. As a gold medalist and former professional athlete in a sport where the difference between winning and losing can be less than one-tenth of a second, confidence has to be there. In the C You In The Major Leagues vernacular, Confidence means someone who accepts constructive criticism, will try something new, has a positive attitude, and views self as a winner. … Read more

C-10 Podcast: Ken Morrow, Ep. 78

  This year’s Winter Olympics may be over, but the lasting impact of something that happened in the Games 42 years ago this week is still fresh in the mind of this week’s guest. In fact, it’s still vivid for many of us. Ken Morrow has heard the stories. Countless people could tell him today what they were doing 42 years ago this week. In fact, he gets letters and cards nearly every day. That’s … Read more

C-10 Podcast: Joe Ungashick, Ep. 77

  This month’s “C” word for our C-10 students and mentors is Coach. In the C You In The Major Leagues vernacular, Coach means someone who understands the big picture; is an independent thinker; a good self-evaluator; and offers enthusiasm. Joe Ungashick certainly fits all of those, whether the receiver was an employee for Joe’s nearly 30 years at Shick, or a fellow CEO or a friend or a mentee. Ungashick is the retired CEO … Read more

C-10 Podcast: Reggie Sanders, Ep. 74

  Reggie Sanders played in the Major Leagues for 17 years, spending time with eight teams along the way, finishing in 2006 and ‘07 with the Royals. Those dates are important, and we’ll get into that during this episode. Sanders had a career year in 1995 with the Cincinnati Reds, when he finished with a .305 batting average with 148 hits, including 33 home runs, and 99 RBIs. He was selected for the All-Star team … Read more

C-10 Podcast: Craig Donaldson, Ep. 72

  Our “C” word this week is Confidence, which in the C You In The Major Leagues vernacular means someone who accepts constructive criticism, will try something new and has a positive attitude. This week’s guest certainly fits that. You see, this week’s guest is Craig Donaldson, who has held a wide array of leadership roles around the world. I first met him in about 2015 while he was working for DST Systems here in … Read more

C-10 Podcast: Ian Adair, Ep. 71

  “Five out of five people have mental health.” That’s a light-hearted way that Ian Adair stresses the importance of discussing mental health. But it’s true. And this is a perfect time of the year to talk about mental health. (But then again, when isn’t a perfect time?) In particular, as leaders, how do we approach mental health with those around us? This week’s guest is perfect to discuss these topics. Ian Adair is a … Read more

C-10 Podcast: Kathy Stepp, Ep. 70

  For the first two years of what’s now the annual Crown Town Challenge campaign to thank and honor mentors, Stepp & Rothwell has stepped up as one of our sponsors. As such, they’ve been the presenting sponsor of this podcast. Well, on this episode we’re pleased to be joined by the “Stepp” part of Stepp & Rothwell, as co-founder Kathy Stepp joins us. Kathy, who’s served on various nonprofit boards in Kansas City, is … Read more

C-10 Podcast: Chase McAnulty, Ep. 67

  Our “C” word for this week is COURAGE. In the “C” You In the Major Leagues vernacular, COURAGE in leadership is someone who wants the opportunity to decide the outcome; someone who’s not afraid to fail; and someone who fears no one. This week’s guest definitely fits that. Whether you live in the Kansas City area or not, you’ve undoubtedly seen his company’s work out there somewhere. That t-shirt with the heart and KC … Read more

C-10 Podcast: Shannon Vreeland, Ep. 62

  Our “C” word this week is CONCENTRATION, which in the “C” You In The Major Leagues vernacular is someone who has an ability to focus, hones instincts, and prepares with a purpose. Without a doubt, this week’s guest certainly fits that. Shannon Vreeland has gone from club swimmer with the Kansas City Blazers to standout at the University of Georgia, to Olympic gold medalist, to an attorney. After swimming for the Blazers under coach … Read more