Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Mayor's Prayer Breakfast

This morning I attended the 49th annual Mayor's Prayer Breakfast. This event is organized every year on or near George Washington's birthday by a committee of concerned individuals, in the name of 122 Mayors in the five-county Kansas City metropolitan area. It is supported entirely by voluntary contributions. Each year the theme of the event emphasizes ethics, morality and spirituality in business, labor, the professions and government.

The Breakfast Committee honored the 2010 Fund Recipient: the Child Protection Center (CPC). The CPC is the only nationally accredited children's advocacy center providing forensic interviews and evaluations to children who are alleged victims of sexual and physical abuse in Jackson and Cass counties in Missouri. The CPC serves approximately 700 children and their families each year.

Jane Chu provided the Breakfast presentation. Ms. Chu serves as the president and CEO for the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, located at 16th and Broadway in Kansas City, and scheduled to open in Fall 2011. Ms. Chu's presentation focused on leadership during ambiguous times, illustrated by the quote, "When you don't know where the path is, which direction should you go?" She shared the story of her mother Rosemary's journey from Communist China to the U.S. Her mother's story illustrated how important it is to have the courage to make changes and take chances when you are in your "uncomfort zone." What an inspiring story.

Congratulations to the CPC and thank you to Ms. Chu and all the Mayors.

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