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May 21, 2013

Center for Spirit at Work announces the finalists

for the 2013 Spirit at Work Awards

Kansas City, MO (May 21, 2103) The Center for Spirit at Work is proud to announce the finalists  for their 2013 Spirit at Work Awards program, according to Vince Sabia, Chairman of the Board, The Center for Spirit at Work. The finalists are One More Cup, Knasas City MO., Heartland Habitat for Humanity, Kansas City, KS., C3, Creative Consumer Concepts, Overland Park, KS., Sandler Training,  Overland Park, KS., and OMNI Employmnet Management Services, LLC, Overland Park, KS.

The Center’s awards program seeks to honor those businesses that demonstrate the values of the organization which include the integration of ethical values, social consciousness and spirituality in the workplace and business culture. The purpose of the award program is to affirm the values of inspiration, integration, interconnectedness and inclusiveness in area businesses.

Honorees will receive their award at the Spirit at Work Awards Breakfast, Friday morning, June 14, 2013, at the Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral event space, 415 West 13th Street, Kansas City, MO 64105.

The Center for Spirit at Work was founded in 1997 as a non-denominational, non-profit organization to support individuals in their integration of ethical values, social consciousness and spirituality in the workplace. The Center recognizes that all religious, social and philosophical traditions can bring growth to the worker and, more specifically, that the culture of an organization positively affects the spirituality of the individual worker. More information, or to contact The Center, call (913) 800.3706, or email info@centerforspiritatwork 

Please join us in honoring the 2013 Spirit at Work Award Recepients

June 14, 2013
Spirit at Work Award Breakfast

Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral
415 West 13th Street
Kansas City, MO 64105

 

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April 12, 2013

By Mike Gates 

 

“Turning Point”

 

Chances are, when you hear the name Maria Antonia, the first thing that comes to mind is her unmistakably striking voice serving as Kansas City's Anchor/reporter for KMBC-TV.  At the April 12 Center for Spirit at Work breakfast, Maria described how her passion for covering life changing events in the public service sector eventually led to yet another "turning point" in her life. 
 
 

As a primer, Antonia asked the attendees to pause and think of some of the most important major significant events in life; those high points and struggles that make us who we are - those that define us.  "Everyone has them" she reflected.  Since it just so happened that breakfast was held at St. Joseph Hospital Community Center, she was quick to point out how one of the most important things in her life happened here; the birth of her son.  

 

Last fall, after almost 30 years at KMBC, her journeys lead to a full-time position at Bishop Sullivan Center as Communications Director. "Helping people in emergency situations can and does get to you; keeping things in perspective with trivial issues going on in our lives".  It's remarkable to see the difference in attitude for all involved when these true acts of benevolence provide uplift or the extra spark that could potentially lead to a turning point.
 

“As employees of Bishop Sullivan Center, we get to see first had the reaction and resulting joy brought about by someone’s charitable act.”  Donors who want to make a difference supporting the cause don't necessarily get the chance to witness the reaction of these recipients.  "That's when we decided it was time to bring the two sides a little closer together by utilizing videos" Maria exclaimed.


Providing an example of one of the videos created, she shared a woman whose husband suffered a debilitating stroke three years ago was able to finally celebrate Christmas with their family in a newly renovated home.  Ernie Straub witnessed the reaction of that woman. When interviewed, he recalled the scene in the movie Schindler's list where he goes to bed and asks himself if he's done enough? All he could possibly do? 

 
Maria concluded by sharing her joy of being in the position to fulfill her passion and purpose.  In order for growth to come about in us, there has to be change and a ‘letting go’.  Donors seeing how truly grateful the recipients are can have a transcendent affect on everyone’s egos and attitudes when are hearts are open.

 

 

March 15 2013

Center for Spirit at Work seeks nominations for 2013 Spirit at Work Awards program

 

Kansas City, MO (March 15, 2103) The Center for Spirit at Work is now accepting nominations for their 2013 Spirit at Work Awards program, according to Vince Sabia, Chairman of the Board, The Center for Spirit at Work. Nominations can be made on The Center’s website, www.thecenterforspiritatwork.org, until Monday, April 15, 2013. Anyone may make nominations. Nominated businesses must be based in the Kansas City metro area.
 

The Center’s awards program seeks to honor those businesses that demonstrate the values of the organization which include the integration of ethical values, social consciousness and spirituality in the workplace and business culture. The purpose of the award program is to affirm the values of inspiration, integration, interconnectedness and inclusiveness in area businesses.
 

Awards will be presented in three categories based on business employee size: Small Business (one to twenty-five full-time employees), Emerging Business (twenty-six to one hundred full-time employees), and Corporation (more than one hundred full-time employees.). Award applications will be due by Friday, April 30, 2013. Award category finalists will be announced on May 14, 2013 and honorees will receive their award at the Spirit at Work Awards Breakfast, Friday morning, June 14, 2013, at the Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral event space, 415 West 13th Street, Kansas City, MO 64105.


The Center for Spirit at Work was founded in 1997 as a non-denominational, non-profit organization to support individuals in their integration of ethical values, social consciousness and spirituality in the workplace. The Center recognizes that all religious, social and philosophical traditions can bring growth to the worker and, more specifically, that the culture of an organization positively affects the spirituality of the individual worker. More information, or to contact The Center, call (913) 800.3706, or email info@centerforspiritatwork.org

 


 

December 2012

Dr. Michelle Robin is a woman living her mission to connect and inspire people to live well, a woman in step with The Center for Spirit at Work’s vision. It was fitting then that Dr. Robin spoke at The Center’s final meeting December 7, 2012. Her inspiring talk centered around grace at work –what it feels like and how it’s related to well-being.

Read the article: Grace at Work


November 2012

On Friday, November 9, The Center for Spirit at Work featured Leigh Branham, who enlightened attendees with Six Ways to Engage the Spirit at Work. Mr. Branham has dedicated his career to assisting organizations in the management and retention of people and to helping individuals in managing their careers. He is a strong proponent of the idea that investing in people is the surest path to business success and profitability. 

Click here for Leigh's slides

Read the Article: Six Ways to Engage the Spirit at Work


October 2012

Another professional, engaging speaker presented to The Center for Spirit at Work on Friday, October 12.  Valerie Burke, a licensed attorney and approved mediator in Kansas and Missouri, presented an informative framework for approaching and resolving conflict.

Read the Article: A Constructive Approach to Conflict Resolution


September 2012

Dave Goebel, CEO of Goodcents and former CEO of Applebees, spoke about Character Development through Spiritual Leadership.

Click for Dave's slides


August 2012

The Center for Spirit at Work attendees were grateful for Dan Stalp’s participatory presentation on the topic of Gratitude August 10, 2012. Mr. Stalp has over 22 years in sales, coaching/training, management, and business ownership, and he is an author, facilitator, and speaker.  Mr. Stalp began with his purpose: to inspire us to have more of a heart of gratitude and to tell us how.   

Read the Article:  Getting to the Heart of Gratitude 


July 2012

The Center for Spirit at Work welcomed Harry Campbell as the speaker for its July 13, 2012 meeting. Mr. Campbell shared a condensed version of his new book, Get-Real Leadership:  A Practical Approach That Delivers Relationships, Respect and Results.  

Read the Article:  Getting Real with Leadership


June 2012

When it comes to the art of inspiring others, Michael Shirley, a former board member for The Center for Spirit at Work, appears to possess a natural talent.  As The Center’s guest speaker on June 8, 2012, Mr. Shirley, Founder of Michael Shirley Associates, Inc., a leading Midwest executive search firm, delivered a powerful presentation that one attendee aptly described as “food for the soul.”  

Read the Article:  Inspirational Food for the Soul


KC Business Magazine June 2012

Find Spirit at Work
Focusing on values in the workplace energizes employees and customers

Read the Article: Find Spirit at Work


May 2012

When Kelly Tyler, Executive Director of The Center for Spirit at Work, introduced Jan Buerge, the May 18, 2012 breakfast event speaker, she shared a testimonial from one of Ms. Buerge’s loyal World’s Window customers:  She’s the greatest lady I’ve ever met.  She’s fabulous, genuine, and that’s why I keep coming here.” 

After hearing this and listening to Ms. Buerge’s heartfelt message, it’s no surprise that she and her team won The 2010 Spirit at Work Award from The Center for Spirit at Work and that she was chosen to speak on the topic of “Wise Decision-Making Based on Spiritual Principles.”

Read the Article: Celebrating the Creativity of Mind, Spirit and Experience Every Day


April 2012

Maria Meyers gave generously to The Center for Spirit at Work on Friday, April 13, delivering a dynamic presentation on the topic of The Power of Generosity. As Director and Network Builder at KCSourceLink, Director of UMKC Innovation Center, and Network Builder at U.S. SourceLink, Ms. Meyers is an impressive, yet humble, leader well respected by her staff, colleagues, and the community.

Ms. Meyers’ authentic, heartfelt presentation centered on the question: “Could generosity be a key driver of your success?” She touched on the workplace standards of time, treasure, and talent and how they’re expressed at work and in the community. She posited that when people give, they receive back—that those companies with individuals on boards, that do pro bono service, and that donate to causes, experience increased access to customers, increased morale at work, and more fun. Doesn’t this sound like success?

Read the Article: Could Generosity Be a Key Driver of Your Success? 


March 2012

The Center for Spirit at Work (CSAW) featured Jeff Lanza at its March 9, 2012 meeting at Teva Neurosciences. As an FBI Special Agent for more than 20 years investigating corruption, fraud, cyber-crime, terrorism and organized crime, Mr. Lanza served as chief of internal security for the FBI’s Kansas City region.

Speaking on the topic “Leadership Ethics -- Maintaining Integrity in a New Era of Crime,” Mr. Lanza, delved into the many reasons business people stray from an ethical path and why. He then offered solutions to how business people might prevent loss of integrity from happening.

Read the Article: When in Doubt, Take the High Road


January 2012

George Satterlee, Chief Administrative Officer and leader of Organizational Effectiveness  at Missouri Bank walks and talks the value statement at the bank—“Be the Difference”—applying it to employees at work as well as to people in the community. 

Satterlee’s Inspiration for Spirit at Work: Believe in People!


November 2011

Greg Westbrook, Vice President of Human Resources for Teva Pharmaceuticals, shared how Teva incorporates the Pay it Forward model into its business. Teva is a leader in successful employee engagement. The article below, by Debbie Garr, summarizes Greg's presentation.

2011 Speaker Series Wraps Up with a Story of Taking Care of People 


PRESS RELEASE

The Center for Spirit at Work Announces Selection of Board of Directors 


The Center's most recent and beloved Executive Director, Bob Gills, passed away peacefully on May 22nd, 2011, at St. Luke's South Hospital, after a short illness. Bob is survived by Mary Lou Gillis, his devoted spouse of 57 years, seven loving children, 26 grandchildren, and 2 great grandchildren, all of whom cherished and respected him. Bob served the Center for Spirit at Work as one of the founders and as the Executive Director until 2008. He remained an avid supporter of the Center and will be deeply missed by all who knew him. More on Bob from The Kansas City Star


Vivien Jennings, founder of Rainy Day Books, spoke at the Center's breakfast February 11, 2011. She shared the 7 characteristics she deems most important for leaders of businesses today. 

7 Secrets of success from America's favorite independent bookseller

 


2010 Spirit at Work Awards

Celebration

The Center for Spirit at Work held its second annual Spirit at Work Awards event on January 14, 2011.

The Center honored three local companies, who by their demonstration of inclusiveness and ethical business practices, add much to the life of their employees. The benefits of these programs directly aid the workers, the company, and the community at large.

 The Center is proud to honor and celebrate these inspiring local companies withthe 2010 Spirit at Work Awards:

  • Teva Neuroscience
  • Missouri Bank
  • World's Window

The Center also presented the Msgr. Bud Fiedler Award to the business person who best exemplifies the values and mission of Msgr. Fiedler, the founder of the Center for Spirit at Work. This year's Msgr. Bud Fiedler Award was presented to Mr. Danny O'Neill, founder of The Roasterie.

A Special Service Award was presented to Mr. John Massman, of John Massman Contracting Co., LLC. Mr. Massman was honored for his longtime dedication to the Center and his continuing support of the Center's Breakfast Club Speakers Series.

The Awards event was emceed by nationally known, but locally grown Kansas City native, Dennis DuPont. Tim Whitmer enhanced the event with his music prior to the award presentations. The audience appreciated both of these talented stars. For more information on Dennis or Tim, please visit their web sites: www.DennisDuPont.com or www.TimWhitmer.net .

Culinary Cornerstones, a groundbreaking program that trains people for jobs in the food service industry, provided the catering. What a treat; fresh baked scones, biscuits, and muffins. http://episcopalcommunity.org/pages/culinary.html 

The following organizations sponsored the event through the purchase of tables: Worl's Window * KMBC-TV * The Roasterie * Your Wellness Connection * The Goddard Group * Teva Neuroscience * WEB Contracting, Inc. * The Bank of Blue Valley * John Massman Contracting Co., LLC * Missouri Bank * Sandler Training-Brooks * Kansas City Southern * Carondelet Health System * Magic Touch Cleaning * Grace & Holy Trinity Cathedral *

The Spirit at Work Award finalists for 2010 included the following:

  • Kansas City Southern
  • Magic Touch Cleaning
  • Missouri Bank
  • KMBC-TV
  • WEB Contracting, Inc. 
  • The Bank of Blue Valley
  • Equity Payment, Inc. 
  • World's Window
  • Teva Neuroscience
  • Your Wellness Connection
  • Sandler Training-Brooks

Please continue to visit our web site for upcoming inforamtion about the 2011 Spirit at Work Awards. We look forward to continuing to honor Kansas City businesses who contribute so much to our metropolitan area.  

 


 

Grace at Work
Dr. Michelle Robin is a woman living her mission to connect and inspire people to live well, a woman in step with The Center for Spirit at Work’s vision, which states in part: “Strengthen the individual and organizational well- being in our working community by promoting, understanding, and facilitating integration of spirituality at work.” It was fitting then that Dr. Robin spoke at The Center’s final meeting December 7, 2012. Her inspiring talk centered around grace at work –what it feels like and how it’s related to well-being.  More

A Constructive Approach to Conflict Resolution
Another professional, engaging speaker presented to The Center for Spirit at Work on Friday, October 12. Valerie Burke, a licensed attorney and approved mediator in Kansas and Missouri, presented an informative framework for approaching and resolving conflict. Ms. Burke, who holds a J.D. from St. Louis University and a B.S. in Journalism from the University of Kansas, has received several awards for her professional and volunteer work in dispute resolution. She is a speaker, consultant, trainer, adjunct professor, and coach who helps people in various situations resolve rather than litigate, using facilitative, transformative, and evaluative approaches.  More

Six Ways to Engage the Spirit at Work
On Friday, November 9, The Center for Spirit at Work featured Leigh Branham, who enlightened attendees with Six Ways to Engage the Spirit at Work. Mr. Branham has dedicated his career to assisting organizations in the management and retention of people and to helping individuals in managing their careers. He is a strong proponent of the idea that investing in people is the surest path to business success and profitability.  More

Getting to the Heart of Gratitude
The Center for Spirit at Work attendees were grateful for Dan Stalp’s participatory presentation on the topic of Gratitude August 10, 2012. Mr. Stalp has over 22 years in sales, coaching/training, management, and business ownership, and he is an author, facilitator, and speaker. Mr. Stalp began with his purpose: to inspire us to have more of a heart of gratitude and to tell us how. Three overriding questions laid the groundwork for interactive discussion: 1. Why have gratitude? 2. When are you most likely to have gratitude, in times of plenty or need? 3. How do you re-direct your thoughts toward gratitude?  More

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