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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 craft a vision for the community; 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, nearly 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 and then submit an application. A committee selects 30 individuals, who will attend sessions from August through November. Sessions focus on developing leadership skills and introducing community issues.

Class of 2017 | Class Selection in Progress

Wondering whether someone has already completed Leadership Wichita? Click here to search the directory of graduates.

2017 Leadership Wichita Board of Trustees

Tyler Heffron (Chair)
Attorney - Partner
Triplett, Woolf & Garreston, LLC

Aaron Bastian
Fidelity Bank

Ryan Bond
Director, Brand and People Experience
Sasnak Management Corporation

Dennis Clary
Community Volunteer

Kim Doze-Lohman
Director of Marketing
Martin Pringle Attorneys at Law

Michelle Eastman
Vice President of Marketing and Communications
Rainbows United

Claudio Ferraro
Sr. Administrator and Chief of Staff
Via Christi Health

Bobby Gandu
Director of Admissions
Wichita State University

Robert Garner
Executive Director of Secondary Schools
Wichita Public Schools

Katie Grover
Senior Vice President and Marketing Director
Fidelity Bank

Chris Howell
President, Western Kansas Region
UMB Bank, N.A.

Wendy Johnson
Division Director, Marketing and Communications
Wichita Public Schools

Mark Manning
Budget and Research Director
City of Wichita

Gabe Schlickau
State Farm Agency – Schlickau

Don Sherman
VP, Community Relations & Strategic Partnerships
Westar Energy


For more information about this program, please contact Suzy Finn.

350 W Douglas Ave
Wichita, KS 67202
316.265.7771 |