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What does Leadership Greater Topeka entail?

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 adaptive leadership competencies 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 1,000 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
  • Leadership Skills: Gallup Strengthsfinder, 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.

2018 Tuition is $875.00; Scholarships are available for those who may see the tuition as a deterrent to applying. Chamber membership is not a requirement for participation.

Important Dates for 2018 Leadership Greater Topeka Program

Nomination Deadline: Friday, September 29, 2017

Application Deadline: 4:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13, 2017

Conversations with Alumni (scheduled individually): Nov. 6-7, 2017

Selection Announcement: Friday, Dec. 8, 2017

Participant Orientation: Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018

Two-Day Retreat: Thursday, Jan. 11, and Friday, Jan. 12; Location: The Brownstone

  • Session #1: Friday, Jan. 19, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
  • Session #2: Friday, Feb. 2, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
  • Session #3: Friday, Feb. 16, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
  • Session #4: Friday, March 2, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
  • Session #5: Friday, March 16, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
  • Session #6: Thursday, March 29, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
  • Session #7: Friday, April 13, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
  • Session #8: Friday, April 27, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Graduation/Alumni Luncheon: Wednesday, May 9, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Ramada Convention Center, 420 SE Sixth Avenue, Topeka