In 1976, the KC Chamber launched a new program designed to prepare Kansas City’s leaders of tomorrow. They called it the Centurions Leadership program. Throughout 2017, in honor of the Centurions 40th Anniversary, we’ll be sharing some of the stories of Centurions alumni.
“One very important experience for me (in Centurions) was visiting various high schools around Kansas City. I was born and raised in Kansas, and had never set foot in a diverse school environment in central Kansas City. It taught me that the only real way to understand where someone is coming from is to walk in their shoes for a day. It was an experience that I will always remember.
A piece of advice for Centurions:
Try to get to know each Centurion on a personal level. Socialize on their turf (or bring them to Tom’s Town!). Kansas City has many many fascinating individuals in a town that is on the cusp of real forward change. These folks around you will be the future voices of this City and country.
How has Kansas City changed since I was in Centurions?
It’s not the same City that I lived in in the 90s. It’s vastly better. It’s virtually unrecognizable. I have lived in NYC for the past 18 years (moved back to KC last year), and I hardly recognize it. Every change has been for the better.”