Central Texas Leadership Series

Occasional Series Friday 11:30am, Sunday 3pm

Leaders are all around us, at all times and in every area of our lives. They motivate, they risk the first step. But what motivates a leader? In our Central Texas Leadership Series, KWBU invites local leaders to talk with people they know who guide and inspire -- to find out what makes them tick. 

Central Texas Leadership Series - Jonathan Grant

Nov 12, 2021

Nan Holmes leads the conversation this month with the new Executive Director of World Hunger Relief Farm, Jonathan Grant.

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Central Texas Leadership Series - Wendy Ellis

Oct 8, 2021

Host Nan Holmes is joined by the new Chief Executive Officer of the Waco United Way, Wendy Ellis.

Newly appointed CEO of Art Center of Waco, Doug McDurham is the guest on this September 2021 edition of the Central Texas Leadership Series.  Nan Holmes leads the conversation where we learn more about Doug and what led him to this position and what's to come for Art Center of Waco.  

Central Texas Leadership Series - Nelwyn Regan

Aug 13, 2021

Host Nan Holmes talks with Nelwyn Regan about the many projects she's been involved with in Central Texas, including her significant work with the YMCA.

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Central Texas Leadership Series - Sonja Hogg

Jul 9, 2021

Nan Holmes hosts this episode featuring Sonja Hogg, Women's Basketball Hall of Fame member, retired Baylor Women's Basketball coach, and now member of Baylor's Development Office.

As we are just over a week away from Father’s Day, this Month on the Central Texas Leadership Series, a compelling conversation between Dr. Brianna Lemmons, President of The Black Female Fatherhood Scholars Network, Drexel King, one of the founding members of Black Fathers of Waco and Marlon Jones, Director of Fatherhood Services for STARRY – a nonprofit organization offering services in Counseling, Family Support, Foster Care and Adoption.

Organization links:  STARRYBlack Female Fatherhood Scholars Network  or email BFFSnetwork00.com (those are zeros).

You can email Black Fathers of Waco, Drexel.R.King@gmail.com or visit the Black Fathers of Waco Facebook page.

Central Texas Leadership Series - Hector Sabido

May 14, 2021

In this episode of KWBU's Central Texas Leadership Series, station president Joe Riley has a conversation with Waco City Councilman Hector Sabido.

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Central Texas Leadership Series - Ferrell Foster

Apr 9, 2021

KWBU President interviews Ferrell Foster, the communications leader for Prosper Waco and the acting director of Act Locally Waco.


In this episode of the Central Texas Leadership Series, KWBU President Joe Riley talks with Waco Tribune Herald editor Steve Boggs about the changing world of print news media, how they've covered the news during a global pandemic, and who and what inspires him to be a leader.

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Central Texas Leadership Series - Dr. Peaches Henry

Feb 12, 2021

Dr. Peaches Henry is President of the Waco Chapter of the NAACP. In this episode of KWBU’s Central Texas Leadership Series, she speaks about the work being done to combat racism and promote racial equity in our community.

Central Texas Leadership Series - Carrie Kuehl

Jan 8, 2021

On this January 2021 edition of the Central Texas Leadership Series, Carrie Kuehl -  Executive Director of the Animal Birth Control Clinic in Waco.  Amy Davis hosts this conversation.  They discuss community access to services, growth of the organization and working through the Covid-19 pandemic.   

On the December edition of the Central Texas Leadership Series, KWBU's Joe Riley talks to Derek Smith.  Derek is the well known public address voice at McLane Stadium and the Ferrell Center as well as radio play-by-play broadcaster for Baylor Baseball.  Derek is also host of Baylor Connections.  This conversation was recorded December 2, 2020 in the KWBU studio.

Today, in place of the regularly scheduled Downtown Depot, we revisit an episode of the Central Texas Leadership Series in which Nan Holmes interviews Waco Business owner and host of Downtown Depot, Austin Meek.  This interview was recorded January 9, 2019 in the KWBU studio. 

Central Texas Leadership Series - Ann Owen

Nov 13, 2020

In this episode: Ann Owen, Co-Executive Director of Caritas of Waco. Hosting the conversation is KWBU President Joe Riley.

In this week's Central Texas Leadership Series, KWBU President Joe Riley is joined by Waco Fire Chief Gregory Summers. They discuss Chief Summers' history in firefighting, his move to Waco, and the significance of 9/11 in the firefighting community.