Mentoring

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: 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: 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: 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: 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: Eli Medina, Ep. 33

  On this week’s episode we chat with one of our C-10 Mentoring & Leadership program mentors, Eli Medina. Eli grew up in the Kansas City area before attending Truman State on a volleyball scholarship. She went on to earn her MBA at Rockhurst. It was during this time that Eli became a licensed realtor. She now is part of the Medina Team for ReeceNichols, working for her dad George Medina. In this episode, Eli … 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: 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: 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: 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: Christina Lively, Ep. 17

    As you talk with people who work for or with Christina Lively, or you just spend a few minutes with her, it’s obvious that she’s a leader with confidence who cares about the people around her. Christina has held various positions over the last few years with CommunityAmerica Credit Union, H&R Block and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City (Blue KC). Early in the pandemic, she made the difficult decision to … Read more