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Banking on KC

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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Ruki Neuhold-Ravikumar of Kansas City Art Institute: Reimagining Education
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
23:08 10/05/2022
Tom Sack, Former CEO of MRIGlobal: Advancing Kansas City Globally
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
22:31 09/28/2022
Mandy Shoemaker of Prairie Elder Care & Connectivities: Dementia Care Done Differently
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
21:46 09/21/2022
Lenora Payne of Technology Group Solutions: Where Purpose Meets Possibility
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
16:50 09/14/2022
Brandon Calloway of G.I.F.T.: Creating a Better Future
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
19:46 09/07/2022
Ann Spivak of First Tee Greater Kansas City: Making a Difference Through Golf
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
19:49 08/31/2022
Greg Finkle and Kevin Birzer of The Giving Grove: Little Orchards, Big Impact
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
26:45 08/24/2022
Dr. Marion Pierson of MO Hives KC: Building Buzz With Urban Bee Farms
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
21:51 08/17/2022
Mollie Beck of Continue Good: Spreading Kindness and Light
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
15:11 08/10/2022
Kathryn Mahoney of Wayside Waifs: Helping Pets and People Bond for Life
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
15:38 08/03/2022
Courtney Thomas of Newhouse: Turning Trauma Into Triumph
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
22:34 07/27/2022
Shakia Webb of the Kauffman Foundation: Strengthening Entrepreneurs' Access to Capital
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
18:45 07/20/2022
Stuart Hoffman of Charlie’s House: Preventing Childhood Accidents and Injuries
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
21:53 07/13/2022
Steven Anthony of Economic Development Corporation of KCMO: Growing City-Wide Prosperity
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
20:19 07/06/2022
John Yost of Pharmacy of Grace: Improving Access to Prescription Medication
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
20:15 06/29/2022
Laura Schmidt of Notes to Self: Words Make All the Difference
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
21:34 06/22/2022
Ruben Alonso of AltCap: Investing in Lasting Impact
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
17:52 06/15/2022
Kristin Robinson of Project C.U.R.E. Kansas City: Delivering Life-Saving Medical Supplies Globally
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
17:15 06/08/2022
Matthew Hughes of International Relations Council: Strengthening KC’s Global Perspective
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
16:29 06/01/2022
Erica Brune of Lever1: Helping Businesses Grow
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
20:07 05/25/2022
Neelima Parasker of SnapIT Solutions: Creating a Path to Tech Careers
On this episode of Banking on KC, Neelima Parasker, President and CEO of SnapIT Solutions, joins host Kelly Scanlon to discuss how she is promoting STEM and fostering digital inclusion. Tune in to discover:  How Neelima and her company are promoting STEM and fostering digital inclusion in disadvantaged communities. SnapIT’s patent-pending process for helping individuals create a career in STEM. What inspired Neelima to launch SnapIT with a mission of empowering people through technology. The key to attracting more women and minorities to STEM careers.  How Neelima’s work in the community is strengthening our local workforce.  Why companies must embrace a more innovative approach to hiring. Country Club Bank – Member FDIC
22:42 05/18/2022
Tristan Duncan of Shook, Hardy and Bacon: Fostering Diplomacy Through Art
On this episode of Banking on KC, Tristan Duncan, chair of the Art and Museum Law Group at Shook, Hardy & Bacon, joins host Kelly Scanlon to discuss the role of art in fostering diplomacy among nations. Tune in to discover: How art is used as a “soft power” in diplomatic relations.  Examples of how art has been used for global relationship-building at pivotal times throughout history. The role of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in opening diplomatic channels and building international relationships.  How the Nelson’s art diplomacy efforts have benefited Kansas City Country Club Bank – Member FDIC
23:59 05/11/2022
Amanda Loughlin of Rosin Preservation: Mary Rockwell Hook Blazed Trails for Women Architects
On this episode of Banking on KC, Amanda Loughlin, Historic Preservation Specialist at Rosin Preservation, joins host Kelly Scanlon to discuss how architect Mary Rockwell Hook paved the way for women architects in the early 20th century. Tune in to discover:  What inspired Mary Rockwell Hook to enter the field of architecture.  How she was able to make inroads in a field that did not embrace her.  Her influence on other female architects.  The key characteristics of her architectural style. Where to find examples of Mary’s work in Kansas City and in other areas of the U.S. Country Club Bank – Member FDIC
18:04 05/04/2022
Stephen Minnis of Benedictine College: Shaping Leaders with Integrity and Ethics
On this episode of Banking on KC, Stephen Minnis, president of Benedictine College, joins host Kelly Scanlon to discuss how the college’s Byron G. Thompson Center for Integrity in Finance and Economics carries on the legacy of principled-leadership Byron Thompson exemplified.  Country Club Bank – Member FDIC
16:37 04/27/2022
Tabitha Schmidt of Powell Gardens: Expanding Into Regenerative Agriculture
On this episode of Banking on KC, Tabitha Schmidt, CEO of Powell Gardens, joins host Kelly Scanlon to discuss its expansion into regenerative agriculture and the introduction of several new events and experiences for the 2022 season. Tune in to for details about: Powell Gardens’ new cooperative agreement with Lincoln University to form the Agriculture Center for Empowerment, making the Gardens a satellite site for education, outreach and research, with a focus on agricultural initiatives. The introduction of Crillo cattle to Powell Gardens’ non-garden properties for grazing and land management practices. New events and experiences for the 2022 season, including Orchid Delirium and Fortopia. Updates on popular favorites such as Painted Garden, Festival of Butterflies, Dark Forest and Festival of Lights. Country Club Bank – Member FDIC
22:01 04/20/2022
Kevin Fryer and Keri Lauderdale Olson of KC Velocity: Speeding KC Entrepreneurs to Success
On this episode of Banking on KC, Kevin Fryer and Keri Lauderdale Olson of KC Velocity join host Kelly Scanlon to discuss how the organization educates and connects entrepreneurs.Tune in to discover: How KC Velocity helps entrepreneurs build a foundation of success. Where KC Velocity fits within Kansas City’s ecosystem of resources available to entrepreneurs. Why the organization has expanded its reach. How entrepreneurs, corporations and business resource organizations can connect with KC Velocity. Country Club Bank – Member FDIC
18:15 04/13/2022
Mindy Corporon of Faith Always Wins Foundation: Creating a Better World Through Kindness, Faith and Healing
On this episode of Banking on KC, Mindy Corporon, founder of Faith Always Wins Foundation, joins host Kelly Scanlon to discuss how she and her family, in the aftermath of tragedy, created an organization—and a movement—to promote a better world through kindness. Tune in to discover: The circumstances that led to the founding of the Faith Always Wins Foundation. The mission of the foundation—and how it’s carried out on a daily basis. The purpose of Seven Days—Make a Ripple, Change the World. Why it’s important to make an effort to get to know people outside of our own “bubbles.” Country Club Bank – Member FDIC
24:51 04/06/2022
Valerie Nicholson-Watson CEO of Harvesters: Dedicated to Changing Lives
On this episode of Banking on KC, as we continue our conversations with Kansas City women leaders during Women’s History Month, we welcome Valerie Nicholson-Watson, CEO of Harvesters, where she’s helping to change the lives of families and seniors who are served by the community food network. She and host Kelly Scanlon discuss: The mission and impact of Harvesters. How to continue to build an organization for the future yet stay true to the founders’ mission. How the community in which she was raised instilled in Valerie a spirit of serving the community in which she now lives and works. Valerie’s approach to leading change. How the next generation of women leaders can develop and exercise their influence and impact. Country Club Bank – Member FDIC
28:26 03/30/2022
Joni Cobb of Center for American Entrepreneurship: Advocating for Policy That Supports Entrepreneurs
On this episode of Banking on KC, Joni Cobb, Board Chair of the Center for American Entrepreneurship, joins host Kelly Scanlon to discuss the importance of working with policymakers to promote the growth of entrepreneurship, with an emphasis on female entrepreneurs. Tune in to discover: How policy at the federal, state and local level impacts entrepreneurship. The state of female entrepreneurship in America today. The issues most impacting female entrepreneurs. Joni’s advice for the next generation of female leaders who want to create an impact. Country Club Bank – Member FDIC
29:45 03/23/2022
Mayra Aguirre of Hall Family Foundation: Living Her “Calling” Through Philanthropy
On this episode of Banking on KC, Mayra Aguirre, president of Hall Family Foundation, joins host Kelly Scanlon to discuss how the philanthropy of others opened doors of opportunity for her—and how she’s now paying it forward as a community leader. Tune in to discover: The lessons Mayra’s hard-working immigrant parents instilled in her that she still relies on today. Why she considers her “job” a calling and a purpose. Why listening is so important to leading change.  Leadership tips for the next generation of women. Country Club Bank – Member FDIC
18:28 03/16/2022