Leadership @KauffmanCenter on Opening Weekend

On Sunday afternoon, Nicole and I met some friends to see the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts as part of the Community Open House. It was a drizzly afternoon and the line was long. We waited in line for over an hour. Along the way, there were volunteers that were present to answer questions or handout a flier about the event. Generally, pretty helpful.

Near the building, I saw a woman with a blue jacket who I first thought was another volunteer greeting people. When we shook hands, I saw her nametag: Jane Chu, CEO.

The CEO was standing outside in the drizzle shaking hands and greeting everyone in line.

I don’t know if she stayed there to greet every one of the over 50,000 people who were at the open house, but it made a distinct positive impression on me. Not inside, not present just at the gala opening previously – outside in the rain, greeting everyone.

This is the kind of leader that I want to be and follow.

I am proud of… my dad.

As I am starting off the new year, I wanted to take some time to share how proud I am of close family members. I have shared life with each one in a special way and each has taught me how to live. I am going to start with my dad.

My dad, Mark Conard, is a great dad and an excellent United Methodist pastor. I am proud of the way that he leads congregations. I see in him a constant desire to do the best that he is able for all of God’s people. He has a passion for the people of Zimbabwe and that the churches of which he is a part will take the next step in faith. I have learned a lot about ministry from his experience and will continue to learn from him.

Beyond that, he is a great dad – supportive, caring, fun. I appreciate the way that he has supported me through the years in many different days. I hope to be a dad like him one day.