Civility Awards

Civility Award Acknowledges Those Who
Take the High Road

2018 Civility Award winnersThe annual Consensus Civility Award breakfast is the feel-good event that kicks off the holiday season. Moderated by KCPT’s Nick Haines, the event is held in November.

The Civility Awards honor people, organizations, and businesses working across differences to solve problems. Every day, in every community, people are working to build bridges, engage in public policy, and tackle the big issues we face in society. Often, this work goes unnoticed. We created the Civility Awards to make sure it doesn’t.

Consensus’ 7th annual Civility Awards Breakfast will be held on November 8, 2019 at Grand Street Cafe. Tickets and sponsorships are available now,

All proceeds from the event go to continue the vital work of Consensus to engage the public in public policy. We welcome event sponsors and detail the levels available and advertising options in the sponsorship packet.

The award criteria stress respect, integrity, engagement, inclusiveness, objectivity and common ground.

To nominate someone for a Civility Award, complete the online nomination form. While the nomination process is uncomplicated, just a brief essay, it can be helpful to see essays that convinced the Consensus board to select the nominee. Check these out: Examples of effective Civility Award nomination essays. In addition, if you would like coaching, we are happy to provide it.

2012-2018 Awardees


Rep. Emanuel Cleaver
Rep. Kevin Yoder
Airick Leonard West, President, Kansas City School Board
Teresa Kelly, Roeland Park Mayor & City Council Councilperson
Sly James, Mayor, Kansas City, Missouri
Darryl Forte, Chief, Kansas City, Missouri, Police Department
Mark Holland, Mayor, Kansas City, Kansas

Lifetime Achievement

Father Norman Rotert
Al Brooks, Founder, Ad Hoc Group Against Crime
Frank Pogge, President, Missouri and Associated Rivers Coalition (MOARC)
SuEllen Fried, founder, Reaching Out from Within and BullySafeUSA
Carol Marinovich, former mayor, Kansas City, Kansas
Sisters Corita Bussanmas and Berta Sailer, Operation Breakthrough

Young Adult

Rachel Gonzalez

Engaging the public

Miriam Pepper, The Kansas City Star editorial page editor
Ann Norbury and Diane Kuhn, Johnson County League of Women Voters, co-presidents


Carol Grimaldi, Brush Creek Community Partners
Steve Roling, Retired CEO, Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City
Corinna West, Founder, Wellness Wordworks
RESPECT Institute
Kate Corwin
, Green Works, founder
Mindy Corporon, founder, “Seven Days”
Debbie Wilson, Saint Luke’s Hospital
Brad Grabs, founder, The Learning Club
Tyrone Flowers, Higher M-Pact
Grandview Park Presbyterian Church
Troost Festival
The Anytown Team
Officer Orlando Singleton, 
Kansas City, Kansas, Public Schools
Officer Octavio “Chato” Villalobos, Kansas City Police Department
Kansas City Public Library
Damon Daniel, Ad Hoc Group Against Crime
Sunayana Dumala, Forever Welcome
Rosilyn Temple, KC Mothers in Charge


Greg Graves, Burns & McDonnell
John Couture, Bier Station
The Kansas City Royals