Civility Award

Civility Award Acknowledges Those Who
Take the High Road

The 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 in the Greenlease Library at Rockhurst University. In 2018, the breakfast is 7:30-9 a.m., Wednesday, November 7. The Civility Awards honor those who build bridges instead of tear them down, and the breakfast has become known for its ability to inspire and unite. Tickets are $30, or $210 for a table of eight, and can be purchased at The page will be live closer to the date.

Sponsorships are available, as well, and funds go to support the mission of Consensus. We will post sponsorship information closer to the event.

The award criteria stress respect, integrity, engagement, inclusiveness, objectivity and common ground. Nominations don’t take much time to complete and are due the first week of September.

To nominate someone for a Civility Award, use the downloadable form (Civ Awrd Nom Form – 2018) or complete the online version at 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.

2012-2017 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

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


Greg Graves, Burns & McDonnell
The Kansas City Royals