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Balancing Act

How does a beloved youth development organization engage its future without losing its heritage? Note: A version of this story appears in the Winter 2015 issue of The Journal. As a farm kid in Montgomery County, Kansas, Nicole Small was more than involved in 4-H. She...

A Soaring Economy, Whether Cars Fly or Not

Travel to the future – and back – to see why harnessing our demographic shifts and increasing the level of minority business ownership might be crucial to the future of the Kansas economy. Bear with me for a second. I’m going to give you a glimpse of the...

Five 2014 leadership stories worth revisiting

The closing weeks of a year don’t just usher in the holidays. They also bring with them a flurry of “best of” lists for just about every subject, whether it’s the best books, movies and music albums or the top newsmakers of the year. I always find myself drawn to...

The Fall 2014 Journal

The Fall issue of The Journal, which includes a special focus on leadership and politics, is arriving in mailboxes this week. The edition features an essay about voting for leadership, leadership profiles of Kansas gubernatorial candidates and a “Vote for...

Pass the Spin Dip

An exercise class named the same thing as my favorite appetizer, spin dip. It has to be good, I thought. Walking into a dimly lit room to find rows of exercise bikes, intimidating middle aged folks in spandex and a buff instructor, I knew spin dip and spin class...