ANNETTE

African American Builders of Topeka: Annette Billings

ANNETTE BILLINGS Poet “My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.” —Maya…

PROSUMPTION

The Concept of Prosumption: More Power to Consumers

By LIVIU C. FLOREA, Ph.D. WASHBURN UNIVERSITY C. PATRICK WOODS WESTAR ENERGY AS COINED BY ALVIN TOFFLER in 1980, prosumption means “production by consumers”. The term prosumption involves the complex…

CHEF

African American Builders of Topeka: Chef Sean Hall

CHEF SEAN HALL Owner Catering by the Chef “Proof is in the Puddin’.” —Chef Sean Hall MY STORY I always loved to cook. I remember getting recipes from my Grandmother…

animal health

Taking Our Place in the Animal Health Corridor

By KIM GRONNIGER Photos by DAVID VINCENT Whether dedicated to improving quality of life for our pets or the nutritional value of the meat we eat, animal health companies not…

BWELL

B’WELL at BP

By KATHY WEBBER Photos by JD MELTON For the past 85 years, the structure of the building that houses B’Well Market and BP gas station had remained the same, but…

Michel Cole Pic

I AM TOPEKA: Michel’ Cole, Westar Energey

By SHALYN MURPHY Photos by JD MELTON “Always leave the campground cleaner than you found it.” The Boy Scout’s No. 1 rule is an unexpected mantra for Westar Energy’s vice…

AGE

Aging at Home

By ADAM VLACH Photos by DAVID VINCENT In a world where healthcare costs keep climbing, where ambitious CEOs will do whatever it takes to get to the top, and where…

BLANCH

African American Builders of Topeka: Blanche Parks

BLANCHE PARKS Board of Regents Washburn University District Governor 2018-19 Rotary #5710 “Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on Earth.” —Muhammad Ali MY STORY…

lESTER wILSON

African American Builders of Topeka: Lester Wilson

LESTER WILSON Retired Topeka Boys Industrial School “Be honest. Being honest is easier to do because you don’t have to try to remember the truth. But you have to remember…

Timothy Bell

African American Builders of Topeka: Timothy Bell

TIMOTHY BELL Police Officer Topeka Police Department Our Kids Program Officer Eisenhower Middle School Highland Park High School   “You need people that you’re afraid to let down.” —Timothy Bell…