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Leadership Wichita

Leadership Wichita provides an immersive experience that identifies 30 local achievers then provides the information and inspiration to take increasingly significant roles in the community. Participants gain valuable insight into local government, economic development, education, and media; and interact with the key community and business leaders working to make progress in each area. 

Since Leadership Wichita was introduced in 1983, more than 1,000 local business, government and military persons have completed the program and have committed to become stronger leaders for our community.

Those interested in participating must be nominated by another person, submit an application, and ensure their one reference submits either a letter of recommendation or completes an online reference form. The Leadership Wichita Board of Trustees selects 30 individuals, who will attend sessions from August through November. Sessions focus on peer networking and introducing community issues.

Hear from Ryan Bond, 2019 Chair of the Leadership Wichita Board of Trustees on "Leadership Wichita Creates Knowing Experiences."

2020 Leadership Wichita Update

Given the uncertain times we are in, the Leadership Wichita Board of Trustees have made the difficult decision to suspend the planning of our traditional Fall Leadership Wichita program. That said, we are embracing the opportunity to lead through our current state of crisis in new and innovative ways. We have pivoted our planning and look forward to bringing our regional business and civic community an engaging Fall program that will look and feel different, but still provide relevant leadership content from some of Wichita’s most successful leaders. Additional information on this program will be forthcoming.‚Äč

2019 Leadership Wichita

Thirty citizens from the Wichita region have been selected to participate in the 2019 Leadership Wichita class. Participants are identified through a nomination process, followed by submission of a formal application to the program’s Board of Trustees for selection. The 2019 class will participate in nine sessions that cover issues such as the future vision for Wichita, economic development, the impact of ensuring a highly-educated population, the importance of consensus within government, and executing their leadership skills through real-life examples, group discussions and collaboration. 

  • Fabian Armendariz, Wichita Public Schools-USD 259
  • Marquetta Atkins, Camp Destination Innovation Inc., WeKan, & The Seed House
  • Tiffany Bell, Wichita Symphony
  • Kristen Buckles, Fidelity Bank
  • Alejo Cabral, W
  • Col. Joe Dessenberger, Kansas Air National Guard
  • Kristi Dowell, Wichita Public Library
  • Amanda Duncan, Workforce Alliance of South Central Kansas
  • Renee Duxler, Douglas Design District
  • Brian Gensch, Allen, Gibbs & Houlik LP
  • Dalton Glasscock, Sedgwick County Republican Party
  • Dr. Teri Hall, Wichita State University
  • Mike Heldstab, US Senator Jerry Moran
  • Britten Kuckelman, WSU Tech
  • Rosemary Lesser, Airbus Americas
  • Adrienne Marmillion, Textron Aviation
  • Chad McDaniel, Emprise Bank
  • Jonathan McRoy, United States Air Force - McConnell AFB
  • Mother Eli Montes, St. John's Episcopal Church
  • Josh Newman, Westar Energy
  • Ty Patton, McCurdy Auction, LLC
  • Kami Power, Spirit AeroSystems, Inc.
  • Todd Ramsey, Apples & Arrows
  • Ariel Rodriguez, Rise Up For Youth
  • Deputy Chief Jose Salcido, Wichita Police Department
  • Holli Schletzbaum, Kansas Global Trade Services
  • Sheena Schmutz, Sedgwick County
  • Joseph Shepard, Newman University
  • Justan Shinkle, Foulston Siefkin LLP
  • Matt Thibault, Health ICT & Kansas Business Group on Health

2020 Leadership Wichita Board of Trustees

Ryan Bond (Past Chair)
Director, Brand and People Experience
Thrive Restaurant Group

Phoebe Bachura
Vice President, Stakeholder Relations
Youth Entrepreneurs

Prisca Barnes
President & CEO
Storytime Village, Inc.

Ebony Clemons-Ajibolade
Economic Development Manager

Jason Cox
Cox Machine, Inc.

Kim Doze-Lohman (Chair)
Director of Marketing
Martin Pringle Oliver Wallace & Bauer, L.L.P.

LaShonda Garnes
Community Development Manager
Public Policy & Management Center at Wichita State University

Dotty Harpool
Director, Student & Community Initiatives
Wichita State University

Paul Lavender (Vice-Chair)
Director of Special Projects
Thrive Restaurant Group

Ben Mitchell
Principal of Brooks Middle School
Wichita Public Schools

Lindsey Poe-Rousseau
Chief Financial Officer
Sedgwick County Division of Finance

Joseph Shephard
Director of Multicultural Affairs
Newman University

Dan Shurtz
Vice President of Sales & Strategy
Oxford Senior Living

Jill Taylor
Director of Marketing
TGC Development Group

For more information about this program, please contact Tram Ngo.

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