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No Filter Media Podcast

No Filter Media Podcast

By No Filter Media Podcast
Former Kansas City Mayor Sly James and Former Chief of Staff Joni Wickham of Wickham James Strategies and Solutions team up to speak with leaders both locally and nationally about a variety of topics where nothing is off limits and there's no filtering of the responses.
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How Far Does Personal Freedom Go?
How far does personal freedom go?
15:16
December 28, 2021
Why Do So Many Leaders Suck?
Why do so many leaders suck?
17:09
December 14, 2021
Can You Have It All?
Is it possible to have your cake and eat it too? I guess that all depends on what your definition of "having it all" is.
21:49
November 30, 2021
A Passion For Purpose (Re-Air)
Original Air Date: May 4, 2021 We're on a short break so we're re-airing a popular episode. We're changing things up a little bit today and spending time talking about Sly's book "A Passion For Purpose" and the events that inspired the book.
48:31
September 21, 2021
Expertise vs Perspective
The difference between being an expert and having a perspective.
19:36
September 14, 2021
Fixed or Growth: What Mindset Are You?
Fixed or Growth: What Mindset Are You?
26:26
September 07, 2021
Women Leadership and Advocacy
Women Leadership and Advocacy
23:43
September 01, 2021
Mediation and Negotiations
Mediation and Negotiations
22:23
August 25, 2021
Social Media: Helpful or Harmful?
Social media is everywhere. But is it helpful or harmful? Recently, a Pew study showed that Twitter users are more likely Democrat and younger than the general population. It also showed that 10% of the users create 80% of the tweets. Knowing how skewed the content may be, is social media helpful or harmful? Link to article: https://www.pewresearch.org/internet/2019/04/24/sizing-up-twitter-users/
17:38
August 10, 2021
The Four Americas
Recently, The Atlantic featured and article called "How America Fractured Into Four Parts" by George Packer and it talks about how the US no longer agrees on the nation's purpose, values, history or meaning. Joni and Sly share their thoughts concerning this. Link to article: https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2021/07/george-packer-four-americas/619012/
23:47
August 03, 2021
Ryan Rippel with The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Our dear friend Ryan Rippel joins us to share what the mission of The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation does and what projects he has been working on.
30:21
July 27, 2021
Covid Vaccinations
With COVID numbers spiking again in certain areas including Missouri, we wanted to talk about vaccinations and the facts and myths behind them.
20:58
July 20, 2021
Not your mama's parenting style (or is it?)
Sly and Joni share their what they've learned being a parent and some parenting stories.
22:11
July 13, 2021
Voting: Barriers, Scumbags, and Apathy
On this 4th of July week, we talk about one of our greatest freedoms...voting.
16:44
July 06, 2021
Kale and Patience - The Keys to Aging, Health and Wellness
In the next three episodes, Sly and Joni talk about some issues that come up with aging.
22:44
June 29, 2021
Roy Jensen, MD
Dr Jensen took some time out of his busy schedule as the Vice Chancellor and Director of The University of Kansas Cancer Center to chat with us and talk about his new role and the future of the Cancer Center.
34:10
June 22, 2021
Pandemic: The Good, The Bad, The Shitty (part 2)
We continue our thoughts about how the pandemic has affected our lives so far including how businesses transition back from working from home into working at the office and other things like mask etiquette now that mandates are being lifted nationwide.
22:39
June 15, 2021
The Cupcake and the Bitch
Today, Sly gets to ask Joni anything he wants to...as it relates to her book "The Thin Line Between Cupcake and Bitch". 
32:29
June 08, 2021
Winston Fisher
Winston Fisher is part of Fisher Brothers Properties in NYC, a real estate development firm. He is also a person who has spent a lot of time devoting himself to philanthropic activities and to public service. Mr. Fisher is on the Board of the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, and has been active through Team Intrepid Fallen Heroes in participating in extreme sports to raise funds to support our U.S. wounded troops. He also serves on the Board of the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum.
33:33
June 01, 2021
Pandemic: The Good, The Bad, The Shitty (part 1)
Welcome to a new season of No Filter Media Podcast. Last season we focused heavily on guests but we've been receiving feedback that we should share our thoughts more. So this season, there will be more episodes where we just banter back and forth about different topics. We'll still have guests, just not as often. Today, we're focusing on the past year of the pandemic. All the good things that have happened, all the bad things and all the downright shitty things that happened.
21:10
May 25, 2021
George Burciaga
Today we chat with George Burciaga of Ignite Cities. He is an international thought leader and architect within the smart city category. As a response to the needs of our cities during the pandemic, Burciaga has accelerated work specific to homelessness, education, safety, and municipal broadband. He is highly regarded for his technology deployments across cities, company acquisition in 2016 and current advisory partnerships with mayors across the country. Among his numerous accolades, Burciaga has been honored by two U.S. presidents for contributions to government and technology leadership.
42:42
May 18, 2021
Robbie Makinen
As President and Chief Executive Officer of the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority, Robbie Makinen has led the Kansas City region through a dramatic transformation aimed at bringing together five different transit systems under one umbrella called RideKC. Today, those transit agencies work together as one network to provide more than 16 million trips throughout the metropolitan area.
30:29
May 12, 2021
A Passion For Purpose
We're changing things up a little bit today and spending time talking about Sly's book "A Passion For Purpose" and the events that inspired the book.
48:31
May 04, 2021
Rika Nakazawa part 2
Rika Nakazawa was recently on our podcast and she had so much knowledge to share that we wanted to have her back to finish our conversation. Rika is a senior executive, entrepreneur, tri-lingual and a huge advocate for advancing diversity leadership.
42:14
April 27, 2021
Sunny Sanwar
Fresh off of Forbes 30 Under 30 - Energy list, Sunny Sanwar joins us to talk about how his company, Dynamhex, can help cities both visualize climate change and act on it with measurable impact. 
28:21
April 20, 2021
Jeff Mazur
We chat with Jeff Mazur, the executive director of LaunchCode, about their mission to fill the gap in tech talent by training individuals to meet the needs of tech companies across the country.
31:52
April 13, 2021
Anne St. Peter
In this episode, we chat with Anne St. Peter, founder of Global Prairie, about women in business, especially at the C Suite level and as entrepreneurs.
35:04
April 06, 2021
Ralph Smith
Ralph Smith joins us to talk about educating children and challenges educators face presently when preparing children for jobs of the future.
35:24
March 31, 2021
Rika Nakazawa
In our final episode dedicated to Women's History Month, we talk with Rika Nakazawa. Rika is a senior leader, entrepreneur, investor, board director and frequent public speaker. She's also the CEO and co-founder of BoardSeatMeet, Inc.
28:51
March 23, 2021
Gabrielle Wyatt and Cokethea Hill
Continuing with our Women's History Month series, we chat with Gabrielle Wyatt, founder of The Highland Project, and Cokethea Hill, Leadership Development and Research Director at The University of Kansas.
40:09
March 16, 2021
Susan Freeman
Continuing our Women's History Month theme, we speak with Susan Freeman, the CEO and Founder of Freeman Means Business, which helps professionals learn inclusive communication, and is also on the Board of BoardSeatMeet, Inc., which seek to accelerate gender equity in the boardroom.
37:01
March 09, 2021
Wendy Doyle and Jordan Fields
We kick off Women's History Month with two special guests who are blazing their own trail. Wendy Doyle is the CEO at United WE and Jordan Fields is the Policy Coordinator in the office of Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto.
36:14
March 02, 2021
Howie Richards
On today's episode, Howie Richards joins us to discuss his journey from growing up in Saint Louis, attending college at the University of Missouri, being drafted by the Dallas Cowboys and playing 7 years, to working for the Central Intelligence Agency.
42:46
February 23, 2021
Bob Kendrick and Kiona Sinks
Celebrating Black History Month, we visit with a couple local community leaders Bob Kendrick of the Negro League Baseball Museum and Kiona Sinks of Black Excellence KC to talk about exciting upcoming news and how to make KC a better place.
34:27
February 16, 2021
Shain Shapiro and Jimmy Nutt
Today, we switch gears and talk about the music industry and how COVID has affected music artists. Shain Shapiro, founder of Sound Diplomacy, talks about the the business side of the music industry while Jimmy Nutt, with Nutthouse Recording, shares the struggles the artists face.
35:48
February 09, 2021
Jason Kander and Kit Bond
In our inaugural episode, we sit down with former Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander and former U.S. Senator Kit Bond to discuss a little bit of politics and what currently occupies their lives, from family time to serving veterans.
31:04
February 02, 2021