Save the date and plan on joining us for the 2021 KACRAO Summer Drive-In Workshop "Diversity & Inclusion” hosted via Zoom, July 22, 2021. REGISTER NOW!

Compassionate Communication Overview:

Since 1988, Bill Cordes has keynoted programs for educators, business leaders and teens that promote creating a positive culture, building a sustainable climate, and promoting kindness, respect, responsibility and resilience.

• Featured in 49 states and Canada

• Presented to nearly 3 million participants

• Authored and co-authored 6 books for teens and college students

• Created the college program "YOGOWYPI University" that teaches and challenges nearly 20,000 college freshman each year to maximize their college experience

• Creator of the "School Unity Project" a program designed to empower students and teachers to create a better school culture though positive personal and peer interaction

Speaker Information:


Bill combines humor, energy, enthusiasm and wisdom to create an engaging experience that promotes “better ways to live our days".


Bill Cordes has been a friend of students associations since 1990, and has been on 100's of state, regional and national stages delivering his constantly evolving keynote address: The YOGOWYPI Experience. 

As a former teacher, class advisor, SADD Advisor, Student Council Advisor, BACCHUS Advisor he has been in the trench’s student organizations, and has trained CTSO officers for over 30 years He understands the importance of student organizations and the critical role they play in the lives of students as well as the impact they can have on a school culture. He believes that student organizations are the most important part of America's education system. Simply put, Bill Cordes empowers students to use their student organization experience as a vehicle to making all areas of their life work. 

THE YOGOWYPI Experience: "The Template of Engagement"

No two-keynote addresses are ever the same, but "The Template of Engagement" remains a constant in all of his keynote addresses.  His programs work because they authentically "in the moment" drawing on what is going on in the room, and in the lives of the attendee, yet he has a template of messages, strategy, stories, and engaging activities that make all of his programs live in the hearts of the audience.

Schedule for the Day:

  • 8:30 - Check-In via Zoom
  • 8:30-8:40 - Welcome
  • 8:40-9:00 - Ice Breaker
  • 9:00-10:00 - Bill Cordes Presentation part 1
  • 10:00-10:45 - Roundtable Discussion
  • 10:45-11:45 - Bill Cordes Presentation part 2
  • 11:45-12:15 - Wrap up and Give Away Gifts

Service Group

This year, we are raising funds to benefit the Kansas Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies.


Child Care Aware of Kansas works to help Kansas families find quality child care programs to ensure that they are prepared for school. They also offer online and in-person training for child care providers, as well as, this last year, providing Covid comfort kits to early childhood programs, families, and community-based organizations across the state.

Below is a link to the 2020 Annual report of projects and finances for further information.


If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact the Summer Drive-In Co-Chairs, Bryan Crouch, [email protected] or Michelle Ternes, [email protected]