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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

Leadership Wichita Recognition Night
Wednesday, Nov. 8 |  6 to 8:30 p.m.
Botanica's Lotus Hall |  701 Amidon St.

As is tradition for the Leadership Wichita program, this year's class has been an excellent representation of what Wichita has to offer in leadership, professionalism and passion for the community. 

The guest speaker for the closing ceremony will be Sheryl Wohlford, President of Automation Plus and a Leadership Wichita alum, who will address the group regarding leadership from her experience.

Cost to attend is $35 per person or $275 for a table of eight. Please RSVP here by Thursday, Nov. 2.

  • Abigail Arthur, FreeState Healthcare
  • Keturah Austin, Sedgwick County
  • Kyle Blasdel, Conco Inc.
  • Maggie Butler, Via Christi Health
  • Anne Chandler, Boys & Girls Clubs of South Central Kansas
  • Carrie Cox, Allen, Gibbs & Houlik, LC
  • Mike Ellis, Delta Dental of Kansas
  • Amy Feimer, Hunter Health Clinic
  • LaShonda Garnes, City of Wichita
  • Clay Germany, Wichita Police Department
  • Michele Gifford, Textron Aviation
  • Andrew Gough, Reverie Coffee Roasters
  • Jeff Hersh, USD 265 Goddard Public Schools
  • Jennifer Hughes, High Touch Technologies
  • Danielle Johnson, Wichita State University Office of Diversity and Inclusion
  • Justin Kasel, USD 259 Wichita Public Schools
  • Jason Knobbe, Kansas Air National Guard
  • Melissa Knoeber, Fidelity Bank
  • Paul Lavender, Sasnak Management Corporation
  • Jonathan Long, T-Mobile
  • Sheila McGuire, Hutton Construction 
  • Cindy Miles, Nonprofit Chamber of Service
  • Robert Moody, Martin Pringle Attorneys at Law
  • Justin Pfeifer, Wichita Area Technical College
  • Mark Pierce, Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office
  • Jake Ramstack, Insite Real Estate Group
  • Tyler Roush, 18th Judicial District
  • Courtney Sendall, Wichita Regional Chamber of Commerce
  • Sharla Smith, University of Kansas School of Medicine Wichita
  • Ty Tabing, Hudbella Government Affairs
  • Jacob Wayman, e2e Accelerator, Inc.
  • Rachel White-McQuillan, Westar Energy
  • Rachael Woods, Spirit AeroSystems

2017 Leadership Wichita Board of Trustees

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

Aaron Bastian
President
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
Owner
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 | info@wichitachamber.org