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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 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.

Download the 2018 Leadership Wichita brochure here.

Submit A Nomination

We invite you to submit a nomination 2018 Leadership Wichita program. Complete the nomination form here.

NOTE: Each individual can submit one nomination. Please confirm that your nominee has not previously completed Leadership Wichita by searching their name in the program's alumni directory

  • 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

2018 Leadership Wichita Board of Trustees

Ryan Bond (Chair)
Director, Brand and People Experience
Sasnak Management Corporation

Aaron Bastian
President
Fidelity Bank

Dennis Clary
Government Affairs Director
Realtors of South Central Kansas

Ebony Clemons-Ajibolade
Community Relations Manager
Westar Energy

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

Michelle Eastman
Vice President of Marketing and Communications
Rainbows United

Claudio Ferraro
President of St. Teresa Hospital
Via Christi Ascension

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

Tyler Heffron 
Attorney - Partner
Triplett, Woolf & Garreston, LLC

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

Paul Lavender
Director of Special Projects
Sasanak Management Corporation

Coleen Tabor
Talent & Diversity Director
Spirit AeroSystems, Inc.

For more information about this program, please contact Gabri Samia.

350 W Douglas Ave
Wichita, KS 67202
316.265.7771 | info@wichitachamber.org