Speaker Date Topic
Trina Hert Oct 07, 2022
Urban Agriculture: Saving the World one Garden at a time.
Urban Agriculture: Saving the World one Garden at a time.

Trina is presently working with Dre Taylor  founder of Nile Valley Aquaponics and The KC Urban Farm Coop to educate families in the urban core about self -sufficiency thru growing their own food for their families.


Trina Hert began working as a community activist in both Kansas City, Ks and Kansas City, Mo in 1989. Along with local pastors Rev. David L Gray (former pastor Pleasant Green Baptist Church Kansas City, Ks), Bishop Marvin Donaldson (Greater Pentecostal Temple Kansas City, Ks.), Rev. Fuzzy Nelson Thompson (Martin Luther King Urban Center Kansas City, Ks and former community activist) and the first African American District Court Judge in Kansas Judge Cordell Meeks Sr., she formed Christian Youth Against Drugs in an effort to educate the urban community about rising drug use and crime.  


Trina is the founding member  and Executive Director of Oracle Center for Social and Cultural Activity KC, established in 2006. She began raising awareness for the homeless with the annual Oracle coat drive to provide coats, hats and gloves. In 2014 Oracle Center sponsored a community healthcare event to educate the urban community about how to eat to prevent  diabetes and high blood pressure.



Dan Margolies Oct 14, 2022
KCUR Health and Legal Affairs Editor

As a reporter covering breaking news and legal affairs, Margolies wants to demystify often-complex legal issues in order to expose the visible and invisible ways they affect people’s lives. He covers issues of justice and equity, and seeks to ensure that significant and often under-covered developments get the attention they deserve so that KCUR listeners and readers are equipped with the knowledge they need to act as better-informed citizens.

Kathy Kopach and Roger Samuel Oct 21, 2022
Fundraising Committee - Pickleball Planning

Join Kathy and Roger as they lead the committee members and club members in a joint planning session for our next club fundraiser, Pickleball Tournament on April 15, 2023.

Phyllis Hardwick Oct 28, 2022
Reimagining Community Development
Reimagining Community Development

Phyllis is the Executive Director, of the Community Capital Fund

Phyllis leads the CCF team and guides the strategic direction for CCF.   Her work focuses on the development of relationships with community partners, awareness of the CCF community and economic development programs, and advancement of collaborative strategies with CCF’s sister organizations, AltCap and Equity2.

Chris Gutierrez Nov 04, 2022
Kansas City Transportation Advantages
Kansas City Transportation Advantages

Chris Gutierrez is the President of Kansas City SmartPort, Inc., a non-profit economic development organization that works to attract freight-based companies, such as manufacturing, distribution and warehouses, to the 18 county, bi-state Kansas City region. SmartPort is an affiliated group of the Kansas City Area Development Council (KCADC).

Chris has been active in logistics and international business for more than thirty years.  He has worked in the public and private sector in economic development, international business and logistics. 

Chris’ community involvement includes his positions as a board member of the following organizations: Board of Advisors of the University of Kansas Supply Chain Management Program, CSCMP, Mid-America District Export Council, Kansas State MBA Program, and World Trade Center – Kansas City. He is also alumni of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce Centurions.

Esther George Nov 11, 2022
Federal Reserve
Patrick Montgomery Nov 18, 2022
Slingin' Beef at the KC Cattle Company
Slingin' Beef at the KC Cattle Company

Patrick Montgomery is the CEO/Owner/Beef Slinger of  the KC Cattle Company.

Patrick is a former Army Ranger with the First Ranger Battalion. He founded KC Cattle Company with a goal to mentor and employ veterans, and to honor his brother in-law, Jeremy A. Katzenberger, who was killed in action in 2011. Patrick brings the lessons learned through sweat, blood and hardship in the military, to agriculture, for the very same community he once served as an Army Ranger. 

Larry Bradley Dec 02, 2022
Better Ballot KC - Ranked Choice Voting
Better Ballot KC - Ranked Choice Voting

The Case for Ranked Choice Voting—Our speaker will show us 1) why the way we conduct our elections is the root cause of our political turbulence and 2) why Ranked Choice Voting is the path to political peace for all of us.

Missouri native Larry Bradley is a retired U.S. Army Officer and the creator of, “Why the Two Party System Isn’t Working Anymore—And What to Do About It.” Larry’s work life has been focused on making meaningful organizational change happen. He was on the Fielding Team for the first ever fielding of the Bradley Fighting Vehicle (Companion vehicle to the Abrams tank) to a combat unit, cowrote the Army’s revised regulation on equipment modification and worked on early versions of the weapons system known as drones. Larry says changing to Ranked Choice Voting is the path to political peace for America.