Nominations are now being accepted for the 2020 Leadership Greater Topeka Class. Leadership Greater Topeka brings together a broad cross-section of both acknowledged and aspiring leaders from every corner of the community for an annual community leadership training course.
“The program involves building leadership and that leadership (comes) from those who are emerged and those who are established leaders,” said Leadership Greater Topeka Executive Director Michelle Cuevas-Stubblefield. “We’re looking to create a large pool, completely diverse as possible… Our goal is that when we get 36 people that we’ve selected that they don’t know each other. They come from different backgrounds and different ages.”
The multiweek course is offered in January and runs until mid-May with a two-day retreat and eight-day-long sessions, primarily on Fridays. The sessions cover key community concerns with a focus on the areas of quality of life, government, crime, business and economic development, community services, education, healthcare, and the media.
“In that time, the 36 people who are selected will get to know each other, form lifelong friendships at the end, have a greater understanding of the community, and how they can get involved,” said Cuevas-Stubblefield. “The leadership skills they learn will prepare them to be involved and to mobilize others to be engaged in the community.”
Individuals are invited to nominate people who they believe have demonstrated leadership potential. However, any adult who is interested in making a difference in the community is encouraged to apply.
“Nominations are live right now,” said Cuevas-Stubblefield. “We are taking those until September 20th and then, after that, those who are nominated will be informed about the next steps.”
To receive additional information, the public is encouraged to call 785-246-6147 or email inquiries to [email protected]