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.
In many ways personal and professional connections are one and the same in a community like Kansas City. Centurions allows really smart business people to connect and express the passion they have for their city and its people. It certainly leads to business connections, but those are secondary to the friendships you make. My best memory from Centurions is working on the UpLift program with three of my classmates. It was really a hand-to-hand look at what some of our fellow citizens are going through. All the service work was fantastic.
I know when you are going through the program you are giving much of your time and energy. That can prove taxing, but when you look back you will wish you had done more. Do everything you can to clear your commitments for the two years you are in the program so you can give the most of what you have. It has not been a terribly long time since my years in the program, but civic pride has clearly grown in those years. The investment and revitalization continues and I think our business and governmental leaders are doing a great job instilling pride in what it means to be a Kansas Citian.