Leadership Kansas

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The next leaders of Kansas will come from Kansas Leadership

Serve as a catalyst for the continued development of leadership throughout Kansas by:

  • Annually identifying leaders from across Kansas.
  • Informing those leaders about key state issues.
  • Inspiring those leaders to maintain involvement in the social, business and political fabric of Kansas communities.
  • Maintaining a cohesive, relevant Leadership Kansas alumni network.
The History

Leadership Kansas educates and motivates our state’s next leaders. One of the oldest and most prestigious statewide leadership programs in the country, the program was established by former Governor Robert Bennett and Gary Sherrer, and is supported and administered by the Kansas Chamber. The Leadership Kansas Program remains committed to its original mission to inspire persons to maintain involvement in the social, business and political fabric of Kansas' communities.

The Program

Leadership Kansas is a statewide program that was designed to enhance and motivate future leaders from various Kansas communities. Each year close to 500 people are nominated to apply for the program. Upon the conclusion of a thorough and thoughtful application and selection process, 40 individuals are selected to participate in the class. Leadership Kansas is dedicated to ensuring geographic, racial, occupational and gender diversity so that each class is truly representative of the state.

The Training

The course emphasizes leadership skills and development, relying on well-known experts from diverse professions. Enrollees are engaged in training sessions in six different Kansas communities. The topics may include business, education, agriculture, public policy, societal health and development, economics and government. Graduates participate in alumni social and educational activities, and help shape future Leadership Kansas programs.

The Benefits

Leadership Kansas graduates come away with a network of colleagues and resources, a broad understanding of state and business issues and a better sense of personal leadership potential and enhanced leadership skills. Employers of Leadership Kansas Participants get better-educated employees connected to a diverse network of dynamic Kansas leaders, with knowledge and capacity to engage a variety of issues at the state and community levels.

Leadership Kansas seeks diverse applicants open to new ideas and viewpoints with a desire to strengthen their state, communities and employers. Class members are selected based on leadership contributions in their professions and communities and their willingness to contribute to Kansas' progress. Any Kansas resident may apply.

Nomination Process

Nomination forms are sent to associations, Chamber members, elected officials and individuals. If you have not received a nomination form, we encourage you to visit the Leadership Kansas webpage at www.leadershipkansas.org to electronically self-nominate or nominate other qualified persons. Nominations will be accepted until December 31 of the current year. All nominated persons to the 2011 Leadership Kansas program will receive information on the program, including dates, cost and the application process. Questions may be e-mailed to lkstaff@leadershipkansas.org.

Application and Selection Process

The Leadership Kansas Board of Trustees invites applicants for any of 40 positions in the upcoming Leadership Kansas class. Applicants must document progress in responsibility, potential for continuing to play a leadership role in Kansas, and evidence of professional and personal improvement since completing their formal education. Work experience, personal interests, community involvement and awards for leadership abilities will influence the applicant’s success. Only those applicants willing to thoughtfully fill out an application and attend all six program sessions and the initial orientation will be considered.

Application fee is $50. Tuition of $1,500 per person covers program costs and meals. Participants must pay their own transportation and lodging. Scholarships up to $625 per person may be awarded, based on need.  

A total of 40 participants, representing cultural diversity, will be selected by an independent committee in March.

Applicants not selected for the program year may apply for following years.

Learn More At LeadershipKansas.org