Leadership Greater Topeka
Leadership Greater Topeka brings together a broad cross section of both acknowledged and aspiring leaders from every corner of the community for an annual community leadership training course.
For the Greater Topeka area to grow and prosper, we need leaders from all backgrounds and vocations, who will wrestle with the challenges facing our community. The goals are to challenge and motivate traditional and non-traditional leaders by teaching 21st century leadership capacities through information, dialogue and hands-on experience so participants are better prepared to strengthen and transform our community.
In place since 1984, Leadership Greater Topeka has more than 910 alumni with nearly 70% still living and active in the Topeka area. Leadership Greater Topeka alumni are challenged to apply their talents throughout the community in volunteer, appointed and elected positions.
Nominations and applications for the program are accepted each fall with the new class announced prior to year end. The course is offered beginning in late January and runs until mid-May with a two-day retreat and eight day-long sessions, primarily on Fridays.
The sessions cover key community concerns in the areas of quality of life, government, crime, business and economic development, community services, education, health care and the media. Woven throughout the program are concepts of:
- Adaptive/Technical Leadership Skills
- 21st Century Leadership Skills: learning styles, change, collaboration, consensus, facilitation, visioning and steps to a learning community.
- Servant Leadership: the natural feeling that one wants to serve, to serve first. Then conscious choice brings one to aspire to lead... to make sure that other people's highest priority needs are served.
2014 Tuition is $875.00; Scholarships are available for those who may see the tuition as a deterrant to applying.
Important Dates for 2014 Leadership Greater Topeka Program
Nomination Deadline: Tuesday, October 1, 2013
Application Deadline: 3:00 p.m., Friday, October 11, 2013
Conversations with Alumni (scheduled individually): Monday-Tuesday, November 4-5, 2012
Conversations take approximately 15 minutes for each applicant.
Selection Announcement: Friday, December 13, 2013
The locations will be announced in early 2014.
These dates are as of July 1, 2013. Dates are subject to change.
Participant Orientation: Tuesday, January 21, 2014, 4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
Two-Day Retreat: Thursday, January 30, 2014, 9:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.; Reynolds Lodge, Lake Shawnee
Friday, January 31, 2014, 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; Reynolds Lodge, Lake Shawnee
Session #1: Friday, February 14, 2014, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Session #2: Friday,February 28, 2014, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Session #3: Friday, March 14, 2014, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Session #4: Friday, March 28, 2014, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Session #5: Friday, April 11, 2014, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Session #6: Friday, April 25, 2014, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Session #7: Friday, May 2, 2014, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Session #8: Friday, May 16, 2014, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Graduation/Alumni Luncheon: Wednesday, May 21, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Ramada Convention Center, 420 SE Sixth Avenue, Topeka
2013 Leadership Greater Topeka Class
Thirty-seven individuals from Topeka and Shawnee County will participate in the 2013 Leadership Greater Topeka program. Leadership Greater Topeka, a program of the Greater Topeka Chamber of Commerce since 1984, identifies outstanding potential leaders from various components of the community. There are more than 880 alumni of the program.
Members of the 2013 class are:
Ashley Bahm, President, Bahm Demolition, Inc.;
Philip Blume, Major, Shawnee County Sheriff’s Office;
T.J. Brown, President, Board, Oakland NIA, Oakland NIA & Community Coalitions;
Trey Burton, Assistant Deputy Chief, U.S. Probation Office;
Joseph Caldwell, Vice President, Division Director, Bartlett & West, Inc.;
Bree Dowd, Student, Class of 2013, Seaman High School;
Erik Epperson, KC135 Instructor Pilot/Unit Deployment Manager, Kansas Air National Guard;
Christopher Fisher, II, Anchor/Reporter, WIBW TV;
Greg Gathers, Owner/Operator, Custom Tree Care, Inc.;
Jodi Gee, Accountant, Department of Veteran Affairs Health Resource Center;
Jeremy Goodwin, Chief Meteorologist, WIBW Channels;
Larry Graves, Director, Tecumseh Energy Center, Westar Energy;
Michael Haugen, Major, Topeka Police Department;
Ryan Hellmer, Associate, Goodell, Stratton, Edmonds & Palmer, LLP;
Brianna Holmes, Communications Coordinator/Executive Assistant, Heartland Visioning;
Anje Kearney, Owner/Operator, Anje’s Lawn Service;
Richard Kelly, Student, Washburn University;
G.R. Laughlin, Jr., Homeless & MIS Administrator, Community Resources Council;
Amy McCarter, Member Services Coordinator, KaMMCO;
Scott Mickelsen, Manager, Pet Nutrition Resources, Hill’s Pet Nutrition;
Shalyn Murphy, Communications & Marketing Director, Visit Topeka, Inc.;
Gina Newsham, Marketing & Membership Coordinator, Topeka Country Club;
Carrie Ognowski, Executive Director, Sunflower Soccer Association;
Tony Pham, Student, Class of 2013, Highland Park High School,
Barb Quaney, PT, PhD, Program Director & Assistant Professor, Washburn University;
Dennis Rose, Vice President, Delivery Systems, Capitol Federal Savings;
Ann Shelton, Manager – Tax, ASO & Accounts Payable, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas;
Jeanne Slusher, 2nd Vice President and Director of Audit, Security Benefit Corporation;
Grant Sourk, Realtor, Kirk & Cobb Realtors;
Keith Tatum, Program Consultant II, Kansas Council on Developmental Disabilities;
Karily Taylor, Executive Director/CEO, Marian Clinic;
Yolanda Taylor, Founder/President, Heavenly Visions Foundation;
Constance Wagers, Director of Medical Imaging Services, Stormont-Vail HealthCare;
Janel Warmington, Relationship Manager, US Bank;
Sheryl Weller, Chief Financial Officer, Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library;
Adriene Williams, Senior Financial Systems Analyst, Collective Brands, Inc.;
Jenifer Woodman, Certified Staffing Professional, Key Staffing