Leadership

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

C-10 Podcast: Geoff Cottrill, Ep. 61

  Our “C” word for this week is COMMITMENT. This week’s guest, Geoff Cottrill, certainly fits that. Shoot, anyone who is great in the marketing world, does a great job with Commitment. But this week you’ll hear a slightly different take on how that looks in marketing. And that’s a good thing. If fact, you may want to make sure you have pencil and paper handy for some notes (you do that every week, right?) … Read more

C-10 Podcast: Toby Cook, Ep. 60

  Our “C” word for this week is COACH. In the “C” You In The Major Leagues vernacular, a COACH understands the game, so to speak, is an independent thinker, a good self evaluator, and offers enthusiasm. This week’s guest certainly fits that. Shoot, anyone who does a good job in public relations, helps personify that definition of COACH. If you’re a Kansas Citian, you likely recognize the name Toby Cook. He spent more than … Read more

C-10 Podcast: Jennifer Dehan, Ep. 55

  This week’s chat features Jennifer Dehan, the President and COO of Velocity Staff, which is a different kind of staffing agency. Jennifer started her career in staffing in 1993 shortly after graduating from Kansas State University, and about 10 years later had a chance meeting with an Entrepreneurial Technologist that led to the founding of Velocity Staff, Inc. In addition to her work Velocity, Jennifer is a founder, board member and volunteer of Hoops4Hope, … Read more

C-10 Podcast: Andrea Kremer, Ep. 53

  This is a special week as we’re joined by two-time Emmy Award winner and Peabody Award winner, Andrea Kremer. To make it even more special, this episode, which was recorded during a session with our C-10 students and mentors, includes questions from a few of our students. In 2017, Kremer was inducted into the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame, and in 2018 she received the Pete Rozelle Radio-TV award from the Pro Football Hall … Read more

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: 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: Bill Kurtis, Ep. 40

  There’s a good chance, regardless of your age, you know Bill Kurtis. If you’re a little older, you may remember him from WIBW-TV in Topeka, or as the anchor of the CBS Morning News, or as the host of various shows on PBS and A&E. If you’re a little younger, you may just know his voice from the movie “Anchorman,” or from hearing him each weekend on NPR’s awesome show, “Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me.” … 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: Matt Tidwell, Ep. 34

  This week we’re chatting with someone who has a special place in our hearts (learn why during the episode), Dr. Matt Tidwell, who is the assistant dean at the William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of Kansas. Dr. Tidwell also serves on the Board of Directors for the International Association of Business Communicators – one of the world’s largest communications associations with more than 9,000 members on five … Read more

C-10 Podcast: Larry Holley, Ep. 32

  The two names became synonymous with each other: Larry Holley and William Jewell College. After all, Holley was the school’s basketball coach for 40 years, compiling 916 career wins, which made him the ninth-winningest coach in college basketball history at any level when he retired in 2019. He is the winningest coach in the state of Missouri. He earned 15 Coach of the Year awards, including the NAIA national coach of the year in … Read more

C-10 Podcast: Todd Donoho, Ep. 30

  One of our original goals with this podcast was to introduce you to the mentors and committee members that are so important to the C-10 Mentoring & Leadership program. So, this week, you’ll hear from one of those mentors, Todd Donoho.  Todd was a television sports anchor in markets including Cincinnati and Los Angeles before joining the Mizzou Tiger Sports Network as a pregame and postgame host. In this conversation, Todd takes a swing … Read more