Leadership

  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

C-10 Podcast: Diane O’Byrne, Ep. 25

  This week’s episode features Diane O’Byrne, one of our C-10 Curriculum Committee members and the founder and Managing Partner of Competitive Resources, a Kansas City based sales coaching company. Although her background is in media and advertising, Diane’s client list is varied from international companies such as Black and Veatch to a local automotive dealer. The sales skillset she coaches can be applied across any industry. In addition to sales coaching, Diane has served … Read more

C-10 Podcast: Darwin Pennye, Ep. 24

  We have been looking forward to interviewing this week’s guest for a few months. In fact, as you may recall from an episode in June, we told his “brother from another mother” that we needed to get him on the C-10 Podcast. So it’s a huge honor to introduce you to this week’s guest, the Executive Director of the Kansas City MLB Urban Youth Academy Darwin Pennye.  The Pittsburgh Pirates drafted Pennye, and he spent … Read more

C-10 Podcast: Dayton Moore, Ep. 23

  We have a unique episode for you this week. As you may have seen — or you might’ve been on the original call — this week we began closing down the Crown Town Challenge campaign with a celebration webinar on leadership with three tremendous leaders. One of those was Dayton Moore. After the first hour of the webinar with the three leaders, Dayton Moore and Matt Fulks spent the last 30 minutes answering viewer … Read more

C-10 Podcast: Matt Marasco, Ep. 22

  After recording the initial episode of the C-10 Podcast with CYITML founder Dayton Moore, he said, “Marasco is someone you need to get on this podcast.” As you’ll hear in this episode, Dayton was right. Marasco, the Royals’ Director of Leadership Development, shares a lot of wisdom about the overall subject of leadership and the differences in leadership styles between players such as Alex Gordon and Whit Merrifield…and how that can apply to anyone … Read more

C-10 Podcast: Ron Fredman, Ep. 21

  The beauty of this podcast focusing on leadership and mentoring is that when a company sponsors the podcast, it’s not a shameless plug to interview one of that company’s leaders. As we kick off October, this month’s presenting sponsor is Stepp & Rothwell, Inc., and we’re chatting with the company’s Director of Client Relations, Ron Fredman. Ron joined Stepp & Rothwell earlier this year, after a varied career in leadership and fundraising. He’s been … Read more

C-10 Podcast: Ed Enyeart, Ep. 20

  Today’s guest is somewhat of a unicorn in today’s business world — someone who has been with the same company for more than 25 years…basically since college. We’re excited to be joined by one of our Crown Town Challenge committee members and someone who’s active with various nonprofits around Kansas City, the Senior Vice President of Finance at Cerner, Ed Enyeart.   After opening with “7 Questions,” we talk with Ed about his leadership journey, … Read more

C-10 Podcast: Chris Colliatie, Ep. 18

It’s funny how things happen sometimes. In the summer of 2019, our curriculum coordinator and occasional C-10 podcast co-host Max Utsler met a man who’d recently retired from a 34-year career at Hallmark. During the next few days, Max told the man how, since he was now retired, he should become a mentor in the C-10 Mentoring & Leadership program. The man, Chris Colliatie, got home and immediately filled out the application. He has since … Read more

C-10 Podcast: Max Utsler, Ep. 16

  He’s been a guest co-host on other C-10 episodes but today you get to hear another side of our C-10 Curriculum Committee Chair Dr. Max Utsler. Dr. Utsler was instrumental in getting the C-10 Mentoring & Leadership program planned and launched before the 2018-19 school year. And, lucky for us, he was about a year from retiring as a long-time journalism professor at the University of Kansas. Earlier this summer, Utsler received broadcast journalism … Read more