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 - 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. 

The Reverend Marlon Jones, known to many as just Rev. Marlon, is Pastor of Saint Luke AME Church in Waco as well as founder and Executive Director of Indige Leaders.  On Tuesday, August 11, 2020, Reverend Marlon sat down for a conversation with KWBU's Joe Riley.

Central Texas Leadership Series - Kelly Craine

Jul 10, 2020
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Kelly Craine’s daily routine has been turned upside down by the COVID-19 pandemic, but she’s not new to urgent health issues. Through the years, she has kept the public informed about anthrax, Legionnaires’ disease, brain-eating amoebas, and more. Craine, Public Information Officer for Waco-McLennan County, is this week’s guest on KWBU’s Central Texas Leadership Series. This conversation was recorded July 7, 2020.  

Central Texas Leadership Series - Alfred Solano

Jun 12, 2020

In this episode: Alfred Solano, President and CEO of the Cen-Tex Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Hosting the conversation is KWBU President Joe Riley. 

Today, host Nan Holmes visits with Buddy Edwards, Caritas of Waco Executive Director.

Central Texas Leadership Series - Colleen Heaton

Jan 10, 2020

Colleen Heaton, founder and director of No Limitations joins Nan Holmes for this installment of the Central Texas Leadership Series.  

Central Texas Leadership Series: John Burnett

Dec 20, 2019
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On this special installment of the Central Texas Leadership Series, a conversation of On The Record with NPR Southwest Correspondent John Burnett. KWBU Board Member Maxey Parrish sat down with him to discuss his career in radio, his experiences reporting abroad and how building relationships is vital to telling a good story in a changing reporting atmosphere.

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On this edition of the Central Texas Leadership Series, KWBU's Joe Riley sits down with Vince Clark, Head Men's Golf Coach and Professor of History at MCC and Wendell Hudson, retired MCC Athletic director. The two talk about what has shaped their leadership styles and friendship.  This conversation was recorded August 23, 2019 in the KWBU Studio.  This program originally aired September 13, 2019.