Leadership Kansas Selects 2015 Class

March 4, 2015

TOPEKA - The Kansas Chamber, along with the Leadership Kansas Board of Trustees, is pleased to announce the members of the 2015 Leadership Kansas class. Leadership Kansas is a nationally recognized program that aims to develop and motivate current Kansas leaders and counts among its 1,400 alumni, some of the most distinguished leaders across the state.           

An affiliated program of the Kansas Chamber, Leadership Kansas is one of the oldest and most prestigious statewide leadership programs in the country. Leadership Kansas is entering its 37th year of educating and motivating outstanding individuals from all four corners of the state. The program remains committed to its original mission to inspire leaders to maintain involvement in the social, business and political fabric of Kansas communities.    

"The Kansas Chamber is proud to be the sponsoring entity of the Leadership Kansas program, which fosters greater awareness and understanding of statewide economic, business and political issues. Leadership Kansas helps develop our state leaders to make Kansas the best place in America in which to live and do business," said Kansas Chamber President and CEO Mike O'Neal (Class of '85).

Each year, close to 700 people are nominated to apply for the program. After a thorough and thoughtful application and selection process, 40 individuals are selected to participate in the class. Leadership Kansas makes every effort to ensure geographic, ethnic, occupational, and gender diversity, from the applications received. The class of 2015 was approved by the Leadership Kansas Board of Trustees, chaired by Terry Wilson (Class of '10). John Federico (Class of '97) serves as the Executive Director of Leadership Kansas.

Throughout the six-month program, the 40 members of the class are exposed to a variety of experts and educational 3-day training sessions in different communities across the state. The diverse discussion topics include: business; education; agriculture; public policy; societal health; economic development; and government, just to name a few.  

"Graduates of the Leadership Kansas program leave with a better understanding of our state and are better equipped to shoulder important leadership responsibilities in their communities and careers," Terry Wilson states.  

The 2015 Program begins in late April with an Orientation Session in Lawrence and ends with graduation after the completion of the Topeka Session in October. The host cities for this year's program are Dodge City/Garden City, Pittsburg, Kansas City Metro, Goodland/Colby, Hutchinson/Wichita, andManhattan/Topeka.

Distinguished Leadership Kansas alumni include: Former Speaker of the House and current Kansas Chamber President and CEO Mike O'Neal; Former Governor Bill Graves; Westar Energy CEO, Mark Ruelle; Andy Tompkins, President & CEO of the Kansas Board of Regents; C.Q. Chandler IV, President of INTRUST Bank; former Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger; Pittsburg State University President, Steve Scott; retired Brig. Gen Deborah Rose; former CEO of the Kroger Company David Dillon; former Spirit Aerosystems President & CEO Jeff Turner; Murfin Drilling Company, Inc. President Dave Murfin; U.S. Senator Jerry Moran and U.S. Representatives Lynn Jenkins and Kevin Yoder, among others.

Click here to see a complete list of the 2015 Leadership Kansas class. 

The Kansas Chamber, with headquarters in Topeka, is the leading statewide pro-business advocacy group moving Kansas towards becoming the best state in America to live and work. The Chamber represents small, medium and large employers all across Kansas. The mission of the Kansas Chamber of Commerce is to continually strive to improve the economic climate for the benefit of every business and citizen and to safeguard our system of free, competitive enterprise. 


For more information on the Kansas Chamber of Commerce, visit www.kansaschamber.org.