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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
On this episode of Banking on KC, Brandon Calloway, co-founder of G.I.F.T., joins host Kelly Scanlon to discuss how the organization is investing in Black-owned businesses in low-income communities to increase the economic prosperity of the community. Tune in to discover: The grassroots origin of the G.I.F.T.  The resources G.I.F.T. provides Black-owned businesses in Kansas City, including grants, a team of business advisers and a Business Resource Center. How G.I.F.T.’s goal of creating more jobs can convert an economically disadvantaged area into an area of economic opportunity.  Why the approach G.I.F.T. uses will assist in creating generational wealth and reduce instances of poverty-related crime and violence. ​Country Club Bank – Member FDIC
On this episode of Banking on KC, Ann Spivak, executive director of First Tee Greater Kansas City, joins host Kelly Scanlon to discuss how the organization uses the game of golf to teach local youth life skills that will serve them well into adulthood. Tune in to discover: How Kansas City golf legend Tom Watson was instrumental in taking the program to a national level. The types of life skills participants learn. The measurable impact the program is having on youth around the country.  Country Club Bank – Member FDIC
On this episode of Banking on KC, Greg Finkle and Kevin Birzer of The Giving Grove join host Kelly Scanlon to discuss how the Kansas City-based organization helps to provide healthy food, strengthen communities and reinvigorate urban environments. Tune in to discover how The Giving Grove:  Grew from a simple idea to a nationwide network of orchards. Works with urban neighborhoods and provides resources for sustaining the orchards. Is a source of fresh food in urban food deserts.  Strengthens communities and builds neighborhood leaders.  Invigorates the urban landscape. Country Club Bank – Member FDIC
On this episode of Banking on KC, Dr. Marion Pierson, founder of MO Hives KC, joins host Kelly Scanlon to discuss how apiaries help to clean up blighted areas, strengthen the food chain, promote STEM careers, drive economic opportunity and increase threatened honeybee populations. Tune in to discover: How Dr. Pierson’s medical background helped drive her work with bees. Why pollinators are critical to the food chain. How beekeeping drives economic growth and entrepreneurship. The connection between urban apiaries and beautification of urban areas. How urban apiaries drive awareness of STEM careers, especially in agricultural science. Country Club Bank – Member FDIC
On this episode of Banking on KC, Mollie Beck, founder of Continue Good, joins host Kelly Scanlon to discuss her candle manufacturing company, which she designed to spread to kindness in the community and to shed light on human trafficking. Tune in to discover:  How each candle is specially designed to make it easy for customers to spread kindness.  Why the company gives 10% to fight human trafficking.  How Continue Good partners with other community organizations and agencies to extend their kindness outreach further into the community. Country Club Bank – Member FDIC
On this episode of Banking on KC, Kathryn Mahoney, president of Wayside Waifs, joins host Kelly Scanlon to discuss Wayside Waifs’ mission as a comprehensive, no-kill animal welfare organization. Tune in to discover:  How the organization has changed over the years from an emphasis on birds to dogs and small mammals.  What the adoption process entails. The organization’s comprehensive approach to animal welfare. Country Club Bank – Member FDIC
On this episode of Banking on KC, Courtney Thomas, president and CEO of Newhouse, Kansas City’s first domestic violence shelter, joins host Kelly Scanlon to discuss their ecosystem approach to domestic violence. Tune in to discover: How Newhouse shatters the barriers that feed the cycle of domestic violence. The economic impact of domestic violence on individuals, families, communities and the nation. Newhouse’s programs that empower survivors to achieve whole-person healing. How Newhouse works with community partners to ensure successful outcomes for victims of domestic abuse. Country Club Bank – Member FDIC
On this episode of Banking on KC, Shakia Webb, Small Business Capital Access Program Officer of Kauffman Foundation, joins host Kelly Scanlon to discuss access to capital for entrepreneurs. Tune in to discover: The grant portfolio she manages for nonprofits offering programs that address funding access for entrepreneurs. How the programs are designed to ensure entrepreneurs, specifically those from underrepresented populations, are in a position to start, grow and sustain their businesses successfully. Why collaboration with stakeholders such as community leaders, banking partners and entrepreneurs are critical to producing favorable outcomes for small businesses. Why entrepreneurs seeking funding need an advocate. Country Club Bank – Member FDIC
On this episode of Banking on KC, Stuart Hoffman, executive director of Charlie’s House, joins host Kelly Scanlon to discuss how the nonprofit works to prevent childhood injuries and accidents in the home. Tune in to discover: The inspiration for Charlie’s House. How the Safety Demonstration House provides real-world examples of hazards in the home.  What participants can learn from the virtual tour. How Charlie’s House is being used as a model for other areas of the U.S. Country Club Bank – Member FDIC
On this episode of Banking on KC, Steven Anthony, executive director of business development at the Economic Development Corporation of KCMO, joins host Kelly Scanlon to discuss how the EDC helps grow Kansas City businesses. Tune in to discover: How the EDC is growing human capital, business capacity and city-wide prosperity.  Anthony’s human-centric 21st century vision of economic development.  What surprises non-Kansas Citians the most about our city. Where the greatest opportunities are for Kansas City—now and a decade in the future. Country Club Bank – Member FDIC
On this episode of Banking on KC, John Yost, founder of Pharmacy of Grace, joins host Kelly Scanlon to discuss how Pharmacy of Grace aims to improve access to prescription medication for uninsured and underinsured individuals. By doing so, Yost’s goal is to: Break the cycle of homelessness and poverty.  Reduce school absentee days. Reduce unemployment caused by unmanaged medical conditions. Country Club Bank – Member FDIC
On this episode of Banking on KC, Laura Schmidt, founder of Notes to Self, joins host Kelly Scanlon to discuss how her business is delivering messages of positivity through everyday products. Tune in to discover: What inspired Laura’s entrepreneurial journey. How she built her business from an idea to a national sensation. Why words matter. How the power of positive thinking can change the world, one person at a time. Country Club Bank – Member FDIC
On this episode of Banking on KC, Ruben Alonso, CEO of AltCap, joins host Kelly Scanlon to discuss the organization’s investments in businesses and neighborhoods. Tune in to discover:  How AltCap bridges the funding gap. The types of lending solutions AltCap offers. How AltCap is helping residents invest in their neighborhoods. Country Club Bank – Member FDIC
On this episode of Banking on KC, Kristin Robinson of Project C.U.R.E. Kansas City joins host Kelly Scanlon to discuss their efforts to distribute donated medical supplies, equipment and services to hospitals and clinics in areas of the world where they are most needed. Tune in to discover:  How the organization was founded.  How Kansas City became a distribution center for the larger organization. Project C.U.R.E.’s global impact. Volunteer opportunities with Project C.U.R.E. Kansas City. Country Club Bank – Member FDIC
On this episode of Banking on KC, Matthew Hughes, executive director of the International Relations Council, joins host Kelly Scanlon to discuss efforts to promote conversations and awareness of global events—and their impact on Kansas City. Tune in to discover: 1. How the IRC is sharpening our 21st-century global acumen.2. The range of programs IRC offers to foster a global perspective. 3. How Kansas City businesses and cultural amenities are strengthening our international profile. 4. The benefits of being an active community on the world stage. Country Club Bank – Member FDIC
On this episode of Banking on KC, Erica Brune, President of Lever1, joins host Kelly Scanlon to discuss the company’s growth, how they help their clients grow and current job market conditions. Tune in to discover: 1. Erica’s path to entrepreneurship. 2. How the company has managed consistent year-over-year growth. 3. Tips for attracting and retaining talent in the current job market. Country Club Bank – Member FDIC
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