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Tell us what you think about The Journal

Greetings! The Kansas Leadership Center publishes The Journal four times a year to inspire leadership for the common good. We invest a significant amount of time, effort and resources into producing it because we believe it is important to recognize the practice of...

Sweat, Hives, Trembling and Cookie Tossing

The presentation was so painful to watch I wanted to crawl under my chair. It was one of those moments where you feel so embarrassed for the speaker you want to hang your own head in shame. I was a reporter, covering the state legislature in Topeka. I can’t remember...

Road map to a better future

I thought I knew where I was going. But it turns out a glance or two at the map of Seville, Spain, online a few days before wasn’t quite enough to give me a firm sense of how to get to the hostel where I staying. So, I wandered the streets of the city in the dark,...

Leader of the Circle

Maria Padilla and her family. Maria Padilla’s day is probably much like yours. She gets up in the morning and wakes her children, then delivers them to three different schools. School and activity schedules differ, so sometimes she needs to make two trips. The...

What Every Kansan Needs to Know About Childhood Poverty

Step 1: Understand the Issue The conversation about poverty is at times loud and confrontational. It’s piercing and divisive. But the cold hard truth is that mostly it’s heartbreakingly quiet. It’s easy to get bogged down sorting through infinitesimal details about...