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Live with Rink and Laura airs every Tuesday afternoon at 1:00 p.m. on 1660 AM, KMBZ’s Business Channel in Kansas City. The show features live guests who share their personal experiences with the companies they lead–celebrating achievements, telling the stories behind how they got there and forecasting goals for the future. Each show’s guest is unique, but all of the guests share a common talent for leading the most innovative and successful companies in our region, building strong businesses and doing good in their companies and in the community . . . all at the same time.

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Meet the hosts!

Ryan RinkRyan Rink

Ryan’s dynamic personality and altruistic spirit is revealed in the companies he leads and the projects he serves. Whether he’s helping retirement plan participants implement a debt snowball or enticing another company owner to get involved in change the life of local children, Ryan is committed to the cause and passionate about engaging others.

Ryan is a co-founder of Two West Advisors, a company formed under the belief that two people rowing in the same direction (west) with common goals have a better chance of arriving at their destination than going it alone. Since 2004, Ryan Rink and Marko Ungashick have made a noticeable difference in the 401(k) industry.They’ve made “Retirement Plans. Simplified.” in the company board room and employee break room.

Ryan is also the founder of the BIG Corporate Club, created in 2012 with the idea of bringing leaders of small to mid-sized companies together to make a large impact for children in need in Kansas City. Through corporate support and employee participation in special events, BIG Corporate Club members make a significant difference in the lives of children enrolled in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program in Kansas City.

All Pro Dad, also a Ryan Rink venture, has a simple, compelling mission: Serve the family.  All Pro Dad is a Family First’s innovative and unique program for every father. Dads in any stage of fatherhood can find helpful resources and a community of other dads who are passionate about their roles in their families lives. The aim is to interlock the hearts of fathers with their children and, as a by-product, connect the hearts of children with their dads.

Email Rink at rink@twowestadvisors.com.

 


Laura McKnight

Laura McKnight is a co-founder of Mulberry South, a market research firm. Laura also serves on the advisory board of Crown Philanthropic Solutions, the developer of the DonorFirst software platform, one of the fastest growing charitable solutions on the market today.

Laura began her career as a tax attorney, focusing on estate and charitable planning at the Kansas City firm of Spencer Fane Britt & Browne. Following her law practice, Laura held a variety of positions at the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation in Kansas City, Missouri, which is one of the five largest community foundations in the country and manages more than $2 billion in charitable assets. Laura served as the foundation’s president and CEO for six years until 2012 when she left that position to help launch Mulberry South. 

Laura has written extensively on the subject of philanthropy, especially on topics related to companies doing good. Her editorials have appeared in publications across the country, including the Downey PatriotLas Vegas TribuneHawaii ReporterAtlanta Journal Constitution, newsroanoke.com, SunSentinelKansas City Star, NJToday.net, Sun AdvocateIsland DispatchGreater Tulsa Reporter Newspapers, the Wall Street Journal‘s online WSJ MarketWatch and the Roanoke Star-Sentinel. While serving as president and CEO of the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation, Laura published two white papers on companies and giving back: The Case for Corporate Social Responsibility: The Power of the Corporate Philanthropy Platform (2010) and Demystifying Corporate Social Responsibility: Four Steps to Success (2011). Laura is also the author of Cereal for Dinner, Cake for Dessert, a true story to inspire women to be themselves, published in 2012.

Laura earned a degree in philosophy at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa. She earned a law degree, with honors, from the University of Kansas School of Law, where she served as managing editor of the Kansas Law Review. Laura has been honored to serve on several boards of directors over the course of her career, including the Mattie Rhodes Center, Mid-America Planned Giving Council, Nonprofit Connect, Kansas City Area Life Sciences Institute, Young Presidents’ Organization, National Association of Corporate Directors Heartland Chapter, United Way of Greater Kansas City, American Royal Association and Start Up Weekend. She currently serves on the board of directors of the Children’s Mercy Hospital Foundation.

Laura is the grateful recipient of honors that include the Kansas City Tomorrow Distinguished Alumni Award. Laura posts frequently to a blog, called “Celebrations for 1 to 100,” which can be found at www.laurawellsmcknight.com. Laura is a fifth generation Kansas Citian. She and her husband have five daughters, and they live in Leawood, Kansas. It is never dull!

Email Laura at lmcknight@goodcelebrated.com.