Community

An Inside Look at the KC Chamber’s Centurions Program: reStart

Posted on Wednesday, June 16th, 2021 by Kristen Leathers-Gratton
In Community, tagged in reStart Centurions Kansas City

I’ve been participating in the KC Chamber’s Centurions Leadership Program since September 2020. In November, taskforce events were paused due to COVID and the inability to meet in-person. However, we continued the work with our committees. Our taskforce efforts resumed with virtual events in May with the potential for in-person, small group gatherings. Though the Chamber […]

Inspiring the Next Generation of Engineers for EWeek

Posted on Wednesday, February 24th, 2021 by Kristen Kocen
In Community, tagged in affinis eweek stem

Every year, Engineers Week celebrates the engineering profession and strives to inspire the next generation of professionals. Committing to STEM education and outreach year-round is one way we support those efforts. In this short video, you can see some of the ways we give back to our communities and lend our expertise. A/E/C Internship Program Last […]

John Skubal Recognized with the Richard A. Worrel Community Legacy Award

Posted on Wednesday, February 3rd, 2021 by Kristen Kocen
In Community, Culture, tagged in richard a worrel award john skubal

Late last year, the Overland Park Chamber presented John Skubal with the Richard A. Worrel Community Award. Senator Skubal was selected, because of his work within our community. He believes investments in education, infrastructure, and business development are critical components to an area’s success. Before becoming a senator in the Kansas Legislature, John served on […]

An Inside Look at the KC Chamber’s Centurions Program: Initial Thoughts and Impressions

Posted on Wednesday, October 7th, 2020 by Kristen Leathers-Gratton
In Community, Culture, tagged in kcchamber centurions leadership program

In late August, the KC Chamber kicked-off the Centurions Leadership Program. I was selected to participate in the Fall 2020 class. Over the course of the next two years, I’ll be periodically sharing updates on my experience. You can expect to see key takeaways and lessons learned from this beneficial program in our new blog […]

Affinis Team Shows Servant Leadership with 4 Local, Community Service Projects

Posted on Wednesday, December 11th, 2019 by Cindy Martens
In Community, tagged in affinis volunteer

Servant leadership has been a core Affinis value since its founding. For the last several years, we’ve challenged one another to celebrate stewardship by performing acts of community service. In 2019, we logged more than 940 hours as a firm. In addition to choosing their own community service, we asked co-workers to submit ideas for […]

KU’s Simulator Collects Optical Data to Study Distracted Driving

Posted on Wednesday, October 23rd, 2019 by Mike McKenna
In Community, Transportation Engineering, tagged in driving-simulator-in-action

We recently hosted eight Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) roadway engineers at the University of Kansas’s (KU) Transportation Engineering Analysis Laboratory (TEAL). At the lab, grad students, under the direction of Dr. Alexandria Kondyli, use an in-house simulator to examine the human factors that impact driving. Current studies are focused on various aspects of distracted […]

Moving Communities Forward with Cultivate, Inc.

Posted on Wednesday, May 8th, 2019 by Cindy Martens
In Community, tagged in Tags: , , cultivate growth restart affinis

Cultivate, Inc. is a relatively new organization making a big impact in the metro area. Their programming provides an opportunity to those who’ve been incarcerated or had criminal charges brought against them, as well as local families. “Over 60 percent of adults who leave the Johnson County Adult Residential Center become residents. What we’ve found is […]

Fight for Air Climb

Posted on Wednesday, March 6th, 2019 by Kristen Kocen
In Community, Culture, tagged in Tags: , fight for air climb affinis team

In late February, Affinis sponsored and participated in the American Lung Association’s (ALA) Fight for Air Climb. Over the last several years, Fight for Air Climbs have raised more than $53 million across the country. Those funds are used to improve lung health and prevent lung disease. Our co-worker, Kristen Leathers-Gratton, joined the board for […]

2019 Future City Competition

Posted on Wednesday, February 6th, 2019 by Kristen Kocen
In Community, Education, tagged in Tags: , , future city competition affinis

Affinis has a long-standing history supporting the Great Plains Regional Future City Competition. At this event, small groups of middle-school students design and build cities with their ideas of how to make the world a better place. Students work together to develop solutions that are presented via a virtual city design (using SimCity); an essay; a […]

Our 2018 Community Service Challenge: How We Gave Back

Posted on Wednesday, January 30th, 2019 by Cindy Martens
In Community, Culture, tagged in affinis community service

In 2017, we challenged every co-worker to donate 16 hours of community service as part of our Sweet 16 celebration. Co-workers earned points for hours worked and monetary donations given to charitable causes. Those points translated into raffle opportunities for a variety of gift cards. It was Affinis’s way of saying “thank you” for giving […]