What’s in a word? We hope it’s an on-going relationship

It’s all Greek to me. No, actually it’s Latin. I’m talking about the word “alumni.” If you’ve completed a Kansas Leadership Center program, we currently refer to you as being one of our “alumni.” This label has been raising eyebrows and keeping a few of us...

The Dad Who Paved the Way for Leadership

As children, the sacrifices that our parents make for us are not easy to recognize. Because we believe that our mom and our dad are among the few precious things in life that cannot be sad, scared or hurt. I have countless thoughts and memories of my parents. I...

The Weather and Me

Clouds rolled in. Heavy, gray; prepared to pour at any moment. What they’d pour I wasn’t quite sure. To what intensity was still to be determined. It was coming and soon. Two hours away from where I was headed, the destination ahead felt further than the destination I...

Breaking the Cycle: Part 3

Part 3 of 3 (Read Part 1 and Part 2). With our scenarios in hand, the 50 of us reunite in the big room and discuss with the head facilitator what we divined. We find that nearly all the groups sketched out very similar possibilities, observing that the court ruling...

Breaking the Cycle: Part 2

Part 2 of 3 (Read Part 1 here). When we reconvene, a woman named Pam takes the microphone from the governor and explains that she’s the chief facilitator from a Houston-based consulting firm and has made a career of working with community groups and businesses on...