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.  Chamber membership is not a requirement for participation.



Important Dates for 2015 Leadership Greater Topeka Program

Nomination Deadline: Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Application Deadline: 3:00 p.m., Friday, October 10, 2014

Conversations with Alumni (scheduled individually): November 3-4, 2014

Selection Announcement:  Friday, December 12, 2014

Participant Orientation: Tuesday, January 20, 2015, 4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

Two-Day Retreat: Thursday, January 29, 2015, 9:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.; Location TBD
                               Friday, January 30, 2015, 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; Location TBD
Session #1: Friday, February 13, 2015, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. 
Session #2: Friday, February 27, 2015, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. 
Session #3: Friday, March 13, 2015, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Session #4: Friday, March 27, 2015, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Session #5: Friday, April 10, 2015, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Session #6: Friday, April 24, 2015, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Session #7: Friday, May 1, 2015, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Session #8:
Friday, May 15, 2015, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Graduation/Alumni Luncheon: Wednesday, May 20, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Ramada Convention Center, 420 SE Sixth Avenue, Topeka




2014 Leadership Greater Topeka Class

Thirty-five individuals from Topeka and Shawnee County participated in the 2014 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 900 alumni of the program.

Members of the 2014 class are:

Jeff Alderman, Vice President of Sales, Visit Topeka;

Chris Brown, Costing/Sourcing Analyst, Payless ShoeSource;

Mikki Burcher, Research Associate, GO Topeka;

Emily Crockett, Director of Retail Sales & Services-Kansas Market, Core First Bank & Trust;

Guy Cumpton, President, Ozark Pest Control;

Sheyvette Dinkens, Founder/President/Executive Director, Women Empowerment;

Joe Fazio, Assistant Vice President /Branch Manager Downtown Branches, US Bank;

Carleigh Frazier, Student, Washburn Rural High School;

Sean Frost, Director of Resource Development,United Way of Greater Topeka;

Rodger Fry, General Manager, Ramada Convention Center;

Jolene Gochenour, Director of Finance, HF Rubber;

Jessica Goubeaux, Commercial Banking Officer,UMB Bank;

Angela Haggard, Chief Financial Officer,Valeo Behavioral Health Care;

Jeremy Hall, Foundation Director,Brewster Place;

Lee Hendricks, Attorney/Partner,Stumbo Hanson LLP;

Sandra Hestand, Community Services Supervisor,Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library;

Brenda Holladay, Replenishment Specialist, Hill's Pet Nutrition;

Cathy Holmes, Manager, Internal Operations Professional Relations, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas;

Amanda Kiefer, Officer, Corporate Counsel, Director of Office of Minority & Women Inclusion, FHL Bank Topeka;

Catherine Klein, College & Career Internship Coordinator, Seaman High School;

Todd Lutz, Director, Managed Care Services, Stormont Vail HealthCare;

Tara Mays, KansasTransportation Initiative Liaison, Kansas Turnpike Authority;

Gena McGivern Hendrickson, Orthodontist,Hamilton & Wilson;

Joe Perry, Lieutenant, Property Crimes Commander,Topeka Police Department;

Keith Richards, Owner,Meridan Roofing;

Heath Robinson, Director, Division Operations,Westar Energy;

Lance Royer, Captain,Shawnee County Sheriff's Department;

Cory Schoffelman, Project Manager,Bartlett & West;

Jana Selley, Assistant Vice President, Investment Relationships,Security Benefit;

Michael Turner, Director of Operations, WIBW Channels;

Lonnie Walker, Jr., Marketing Coordinator, Family Service and Guidance Center;

Jannett Weins, Constituent Relationship Manager, Harvesters Community Food Network;

Alisha White, Student, Highland Park High School;

Brian White, Executive Director of HR & Operations,Auburn Washburn School District;

Andrew Wiechen, SeniorProject Manager/ Designer, Architect One. 


 2015 Leadership Greater Topeka Nomination

I, or our organization, would like to nominate the following individual to participate in this program. (It is acceptable to nominate yourself.)


Nominee Information

I, or we, understand that an application and informational literature will be sent to the above individual for review and consideration.

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