KCUMB and GenKC present “Grow To CEO”: Part I

“A well kept secret …,

KCUMB is one of the leading medical universities

in Missouri.”

KCUMB and GenKC  present “Grow To CEO”

KCUMB and GenKC
present “Grow To CEO”

The Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCUMB) and GenKC presented “Grow to CEO” in the state of the art, Academic Center of the KCUMB campus on Friday, November 14.

Kansas Citians know that KC is one of the best kept secrets in the US for leadership in many areas. The well kept secret to most of the nearly 100 event attendees in the audience was, 100 year old KCUMB is one of the leading medical universities in Missouri.

How do you keep that a secret?

Dr. Marc B. Hahn (@KCUMBpresident) at GenKC's "Grow to CEO" panel

Dr. Marc B. Hahn (@KCUMBpresident)
at GenKC’s “Grow to CEO” panel

Dr. Marc B. Hahn, 14th President and Chief Executive Officer of KCUMB, and his staff are working to make these facts known to the public.

“KC is a fantastic place,” said Hahn. When people hear about what’s going on here, both the city and the university will be “able to recruit the best and the brightest,” he said.

Hahn’s background includes a wealth of training, various national commissions, agencies and organizations. He served as “site inspector for medical school accreditation for the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation, and as anesthesiologist for two US Presidents, Ronald Regan and George H.W. Bush.” (http://www.kcumb.edu/about/who-we-are/leadership/office-of-the-president/)

These credentials give Hahn an edge in recognizing the potential he sees in KC and KCUMB, as well as for sharing insights on the GenKC “Grow to CEO” panel.

Hahn (@KCUMBpresident) introduced his fellow panelists, which included, Hilda Fuentes (@samuelurodgers), CEO of Samuel U. Rodgers Health Center and Pat McCown (@McCownGordon), CEO of McCownGordon Construction.

GenKC moderator for the morning was Daniel Silva Director of Diversity of the Greater KC Chamber and closing comments were given by GenKC Vice Chair, Kerri Troyer.

 

Silva’s questions were met with tweetable responses like these:

What are you doing about Diversity?

Dr. Marc Hahn (@KCUMBpresident)

  • More so than talking about diversity, it’s about inclusion. That means you (as an organization) can compete better.

Pat McCown (@McCownGordon)

Pat McCown (@McCownGordon)  at GenKC's "Grow to CEO"
Pat McCown (@McCownGordon)
at GenKC’s “Grow to CEO”
  • My hat is off to you (GenKC generation).   I believe you have embraced diversity more so than my generation.

 

What can we do to improve KC?

Pat McCown (@McCownGordon)

  • Bring people along and let them get involved,… and they’ll come along and make all of us better.
  • KC is one of the highest giving (philanthropic cities) per capita as any city in the US.

Dr. Marc Hahn (@KCUMBpresident)

  • KC is one of the best kept secrets (in the country), just like we have not been able to tell the KCUMB story as best as we can.
  • KC is in the crossroads of the country, shaping the nature of our country. It’s a fantastic place. As we tell this story, we’re able to recruit the best and the brightest.
  • How many mid-sized cities have three medical schools (UMKC, KU and KCUMB)?

“Figure out where is your heart and … never forget to give. Not just money, but volunteer your time.”

Hilda Fuentes (@samuelurodgers)  at GenKC's "Grow to CEO" panel

Hilda Fuentes (@samuelurodgers)
at GenKC’s “Grow to CEO” panel

Hilda Fuentes (@samuelurodgers)

  • It (the city) feels big, but it’s small. You have a choice to make, do you want to be a small fish in a big pond or a big fish in a small pond.
  • Figure out where is your heart and regardless of where your heart is, never forget to give. Not just money, but volunteer your time.

See Part II of this series to learn about more KC, KCUMB tweetable moments and “secrets”.

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