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.
Ora Reynolds was still early in her career at Hunt Midwest when she became a Centurion. She still stays in touch with many of her classmates. “Centurions is a great program for those who are just starting to create and grow their important career and personal networks,” she says. “Centurions also helps to reset what’s important in your life.”
She still remembers her most moving Centurions experience. “We participated in a very impactful poverty simulation. It was an eye-opening experience, helping me better understand the needs of parents in poverty. It created a perspective and an understanding of how challenging it can be to break the cycle of poverty.”
As for Kansas City’s future, Reynolds says, “This is a city that is really on the edge of something great and we’re ready to be an amazing city. It’s a pivotal time, and the steps we take next will shape our future. I’m optimistic and excited.”