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Banking on KC – Presented by Country Club Bank features interviews and conversations conducted by KC’s champion of entrepreneurs, Kelly Scanlon. Guests include makers, innovators and community leaders who have changed the business, cultural and economic landscape of Kansas City.
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On this episode of Banking on KC, Dr. Angie Besendorfer, executive vice president of KC Scholars, joins host Kelly Scanlon to discuss how the organization’s new program, Great Jobs KC is working to connect individuals in underserved communities with training for high-skilled, well-paying jobs in health care, IT, manufacturing, and the construction trades. Country Club Bank – Member FDIC
On this episode of Banking on KC, André Davis, Corporate and Community Engagement Executive at Built Interior Construction, joins host Kelly Scanlon to discuss how to leverage relationships to create change and positively impact the community. ABOUT ANDRÉ DAVIS André Davis is the Corporate and Community Engagement Executive for Built Interior Construction, a prefabricated interior construction company that builds commercial environments. An accomplished thought leader, influencer, social activist, mentor/coach, speaker, philanthropist, André has more than 20 years of experience working with CEOs, executives and entrepreneurs while continuing to give back to the community. Among his list of community and civic engagement: Board member for PrepKC, which creates and implements strategies to improve college and career preparation for Kansas City's urban high school students. Ambassador board member for Big Brothers Big Sisters - Kansas City, where he and other members personally fund and award scholarships to local kids in the BBBS program. Board member/board president for the Civic Council of Greater Kansas City - Kansas City Tomorrow Alumni Association (KCTAA), which supports members who are interested in enhancing their nonprofit and civic leadership skills and talents. Former board member for UMKC - Marketing Advisory Council (MAC). Founding board member for The Beacon, a new nonprofit online media outlet focused on public interest journalism. Board member for C3KC Conference (corporate, civic, community), the Junior League's annual collaborative conference that sparks change for a better Kansas City. Former chair of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Board for Big Brothers Big Sisters – Kansas City. Awarded the Jane Bryan Distinguished Alumni Award by the Grandview Education Foundation, which honors individuals whose deeds and character exemplify outstanding achievement in their life's work and/or service to their communities. Awarded Ingram's Magazine 2022 Local Heroes Award recognizing extraordinary philanthropic work in our region and was featured in the magazine’s 26th annual Philanthropy Special Edition. Selected for the Civic Council of Greater Kansas City, Kansas City Tomorrow leadership program, which develops leaders for civic, community and non-profit engagement. Alumnus of The Independent Magazine’s Rising Star Award, which highlights up-and-coming leaders. Co-founded and personally funds The NexTus scholarship at his Alma Mater College geared towards African-American students. Country Club Bank – Member FDIC
On this episode of Banking on KC, Laura Jackson and Larry Rouse of The Mission Project join host Kelly Scanlon to discuss how the organization provides programming, support and social opportunities to help adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities live independent, meaningful lives. About Laura Jackson Laura has been a passionate leader and advocate for full inclusion in the community for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities field for more than 20 years.  A Kansas City native, she began her journey as a direct care support worker as an undergraduate at the University of Kansas, caring for a single mother of four children, two of which had autism and cerebral palsy.  This experience launched a lifelong focus for her life’s work.  After graduating from KU in 2002, she worked at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Institute for Human Development for 14 years, securing foundation and government funding for projects that helped instill self-determination and self-advocacy in public policy practices at local, state and national levels.  She has also served as a national advisor to Self Advocates Becoming Empowered, was awarded a fellowship in Washington, DC, to study and shape national disability policy, as well as direct several federal, state, and foundation-funded projects.  Ms. Jackson now brings all of that experience and drive to her leadership as executive director of the Mission Project.  Laura also holds a master’s degree in public administration with an emphasis in non-profit management. About Larry Rouse Larry Rouse helped found the Mission Project and is the parent of a program participant. Larry has a law degree from the Georgetown University Law Center and practiced law with Stinson, Mag and Rouse, Hendricks for 50 years.  Larry was the president of the Lawyer's Association of Kansas City.  He has also contributed his talents as a board member for the Carriage Club, the Saddle & Sirloin Club and the George Washington Carver Community Center. Larry and his wife June also started the Down Syndrome Guild of Kansas City. Country Club Bank – Member FDIC
On this episode of Banking on KC, Patrick Sallee, President and CEO of Vibrant Health, joins host Kelly Scanlon to discuss the various ways in which the nonprofit is working toward healthier outcomes for communities in Wyandotte Country. Tune in to discover: How Vibrant Health has expanded from its initial mission of providing access to quality health care for uninsured children in Wyandotte County, Kansas—to include adults as well. What it means to provide “whole person” care, including wraparound services that address poverty, hunger and behavioral health. The importance of Vibrant Health’s Federally Qualified Health Center designation.
On this episode of Banking on KC, Stan Hays, co-founder of Operation BBQ Relief, joins host Kelly Scanlon to discuss how the nonprofit provides comfort to those in need across the U.S. by serving BBQ in areas hit by disaster. Tune in to discover: How the Joplin, Missouri, tornado inspired the formation of Operation BBQ Relief. The logistics involved in responding to disasters with BBQ meals. How Operation BBQ Relief promotes community—in the areas impacted by disasters as well as among their volunteers. Why Operation BBQ Relief is expanding to include services to veterans, first responders and their families. The vision of Operation BBQ Relief is that all people involved in relief efforts during natural disasters will understand the true meaning of compassion for those who have lost possessions and loved ones and that they will further utilize their skills and abilities to better the lives of those affected. Country Club Bank – Member FDIC
On this episode of Banking on KC, Drew Eanes, co-founder of The Hadley Project, joins host Kelly Scanlon to discuss how the fund uses a trust-based philanthropic model to amplify marginalized voices and support racial, social and environmental justice. ABOUT DREW EANES Drew Eanes is a Senior Client Solutions Manager at JE Dunn construction, responsible for business development initiatives throughout Kansas City. He is also the Regional Chair for JE Dunn BUiLD (Blacks United in learning and development) and has led partnership initiatives with the Urban League of Kansas City and SWAGG Inc that have resulted in access to opportunity for minorities in construction. He has received multiple honors for his dedication to the community and commitment to important initiatives, including being a Kansas City Man of the Year candidate for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, completing the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce’s Centurions Leadership Program and being voted Centurion of the Year, City Year Idealist of the Year. He is also a 2022 Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce Ace Award recipient. Eanes is a founding board member of the Hadley Project, a $6 million fund that awards grants to grassroots nonprofits led by people of color focused on equity around racial, social, and environmental justice. To date, The Hadley Project has partnered with more than 30 local organizations. He is also co-chair of the Launch KC Kansas City Social Venture Studio, a six-month program custom-designed for social entrepreneurs to grow their business and increase their community impact. He serves on the board of directors for the Kansas City Kansas Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce Foundation, and MOKAN Basketball. Country Club Bank – Member FDIC
On this episode of Banking on KC, Harry S. Campbell, a business executive, speaker and author joins host Kelly Scanlon to discuss the keys to the three levels of Get Real Leadership: leading yourself, leading people and leading your business. Harry S. Campbell is a senior executive with a strong record of success over three decades, including president for two Fortune 500 companies, co-owner of an award-winning small business and CEO/board member of an Internet start-up. He has driven exceptional people and business results in organizations of 25 to 3,500 employees in a broad range of industries—from consumer-packaged goods to telecom to sports marketing to digital media. Harry is known as an identifier, a developer and a motivator of exceptional talent at all levels of the organization. Campbell’s views on leadership and business management were forged at Procter & Gamble, where he worked in brand management on notable products such as Crest, Pepto-Bismol and Metamucil. While with P&G, Campbell was hand-picked to be a founding member of the P&G/Wal-Mart Customer Team based in Fayetteville, Arkansas. In 1992, he moved from consumer-packaged goods to the telecom sector when he joined Sprint, where he served in several leadership roles before being appointed president of the multibillion dollar Consumer Long Distance unit in 2002. His final role with Sprint was leading the Emerging and Mid-Markets business unit. From 2005-2009, Campbell led the Consumer Markets division at Embarq, a spin-off from Sprint, and now known as CenturyLink. As president of the Consumer Markets division, he was responsible for nearly half of Embarq's annual revenue and an organization of 3,000 employees. His group provided marketing, sales, service and operational support for a full line of communication and entertainment services to 4 million residential customers in 18 states. Campbell’s other senior management experiences spanned two distinctly different small businesses. He was president/CEO (and member of the board) of uclick, a digital syndication company that packaged and distributed branded content, comics and word games on the Web. It represents more than 110 features such as Garfield, Dear Abby, FoxTrot and Doonesbury. He was also co-owner/EVP of a sports marketing agency recognized as the 1998 Business of the Year by the Kansas City Chamber of Commerce. Campbell recently retired after five years as the CEO of Durrie Vision, a world-class refractive eye surgery center, to focus on maximizing his charitable donations via speaking and writing books, including “Get-Real Leadership,” “Get-Real Culture,” and “Get-Real Mindset.” Campbell holds a bachelor's degree in East Asian history and economics from Vanderbilt University  and an MBA with a concentration in marketing from Indiana University's Kelley Graduate School of Business. He is active in several local charities and serves on the board of Head for the Cure, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to raising money to help cure brain cancer. Country Club Bank – Member FDIC 
On this episode of Banking on KC, Allan Gray, a partner in the Zhou Brothers Art Center, joins host Kelly Scanlon to discuss how the historic Crispus Attucks school building in Kansas City’s 18th and Vine District is being renovated to house a new hub for visual and performing arts designed to attract international artists as well as serve as a gathering place for our local community. The building will be home to art galleries, a restored auditorium, and more than 40 studios for working artists. Country Club Bank – Member FDIC
On this episode of Banking on KC, Jeremy Lillig, Executive Director of the Bright Futures Fund, joins host Kelly Scanlon to discuss how the fund is making private education opportunities more accessible and why living a life of service is so gratifying. Tune in to discover: How the Bright Futures Fund is making private education opportunities more accessible. What inspired Jeremy to choose a life of service. The ways in which Jeremy is using his talents as a painter and a playwright for social good. Country Club Bank – Member FDIC
On this episode of Banking on KC, Vince Anch and Libby Knox of The Catholic Education Foundation join host Kelly Scanlon to discuss the scholarships the organization provides and the tax credits available. Tune in to discover: How CEF got its start. The three types of scholarships available through CEF and who’s eligible. Details about the state tax credit for donors. The impact of the scholarships for the students and the community. Country Club Bank – Member FDIC
On this episode of Banking on KC, Allison Howard, President of KC Current, joins host Kelly Scanlon to discuss the team’s phenomenal 2022 season and what 2023 has in store. Tune in to discover more about: 1.The groundbreaking on the first purpose-built stadium for North American women’s professional soccer at Berkley Riverfront Park—and why it’s elevating all sports. 2. How the new stadium will serve as a community convener. 3. Why using the KC Current brand for community good is important to the organization. 4. Why Kansas City is such a great place for the KC Current to call home. Country Club Bank – Member FDIC
On this episode of Banking on KC, the mother-daughter creative duo of Becky Blades and Taylor Kay Phillips, joins host Kelly Scanlon to discuss the importance of getting started to kindle the creative process. Becky calls it stARTistry—the art of beginning—and she’s just released her second book called “Start More Than You Can Finish.” Taylor Kay Phillips is a writer for HBO’s Last Week Tonight With John Oliver, and she recently won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series. She’s also the author of a book called “A Guide to Midwestern Conversation,” which is due out in April 2023. Country Club Bank – Member FDIC
On this episode of Banking on KC, Precious Stargell Cushman, CEO of Community LINC, joins host Kelly Scanlon to discuss how the organization is working to end homelessness. Tune in to discover: The state of the homeless situation in Kansas City. Why Community LINC takes a two-generation approach to ending homelessness. Who the organization’s three main programs are intended to serve. Details about the Attainable Housing Initiative. The support, or “wraparound,” services Community LINC also offers to set families up for longer-term success. Country Club Bank – Member FDIC
On this episode of Banking on KC, Lisa Foley and Kristen Christian, co-founders of Bee Organized, join host Kelly Scanlon to discuss how these two childhood friends turned their passion for decluttering and organizing into a viable business with franchisees from coast to coast. Country Club Bank – Member FDIC
On this episode of Banking on KC, Bob Theis, CEO of Samuel U. Rodgers Health Center, joins host Kelly Scanlon to discuss the organization’s history, services, philosophy and state of public health care. The organization’s founder, Dr. Samuel U. Rodgers, believed health care was a basic human right. He founded the health center 50 years ago to ensure his vision of quality, accessible care regardless of ability to pay would become a reality. Country Club Bank – Member FDIC
On this episode of Banking on KC, Mariah Meyer, President and CEO of BRR Architecture, joins host Kelly Scanlon to discuss changing trends in architecture and Mariah’s vision for the 60-year-old firm as she takes the reins as its first female CEO. Tune in to discover:  Why the firm refocused on projects in the Kansas City area. How Mariah will lead as the firm’s first female CEO. Trends shaping the ways consumers are interacting with space. Country Club Bank – Member FDIC
On this episode of Banking on KC, Ruki Neuhold-Ravikumar, Nerman Family President at the Kansas City Art Institute, joins host Kelly Scanlon to discuss her vision for KCAI and the role Kansas City can play in reimagining education. Tune in to discover:  Ruki’s goals and priorities for the Kansas City Art Institute.  What influenced Ruki’s decision to come to Kansas City and join KCAI. How Kansas City’s embrace of the artistic community can lead to community growth and economic development as well as opportunity for individual artists. Country Club Bank – Member FDIC
On this episode of Banking on KC, Tom Sack, former CEO of MRIGlobal, joins host Kelly Scanlon to discuss MRI’s advancements during his 40-year tenure, future opportunities, and the Kansas City region’s growing recognition as a global life sciences powerhouse. Tune in to discover: How MRIGlobal solves difficult scientific and engineering challenges to improve human, animal and environmental health. The convergence of factors advancing the Kansas City region into an international powerhouse. Country Club Bank – Member FDIC
On this episode of Banking on KC, Mandy Shoemaker, co-founder of Prairie Elder Care and Connectivities, joins host Kelly Scanlon to discuss how her approach to dementia care is setting a new standard. Tune in to discover:  The reasons Prairie Elder Care takes a 3 C’s approach to dementia care: control, comfort and community.  How the small home design enhances quality of life and engagement among residents.  Tips for engaging with people diagnosed with dementia  How the monthly Connectivities subscription box encourages engagement.  Why Mandy co-authored the “Now Is Found” book. Country Club Bank – Member FDIC
On this episode of Banking on KC, Lenora Payne, CEO of Technology Group Solutions, joins host Kelly Scanlon to discuss how she’s navigated the company from a startup nearly 20 years ago to one of the top minority-owned businesses in Kansas City. Tune in to discover: The entrepreneurial influence that inspired Lenora. How TGS is getting urban youth interested in IT. Why TGS built the Midwest Technology Center and how it exemplifies the company’s community-focused approach. Country Club Bank – Member FDIC
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