Denise Sherman on the value of investing and participating in Leadership Wichita

Denise Sherman- MSOD, PHR is the  Director of Organizational Partnerships with  Southwestern College and a 2003 Leadership Wichita graduate

Denise Sherman- MSOD, PHR is the
Director of Organizational Partnerships with
Southwestern College and a 2003 Leadership Wichita graduate

Nominations for the Chamber’s 2016 Leadership Wichita class are underway. This is the second post in a three-part series about the program. See yesterday’s blog for answers to questions 1-3 by 1999 Leadership Wichita graduate Tammy Allen. Questions 4-6 below are answered by 2003 Leadership Wichita graduate Denise Sherman.

  1. How can I make the Leadership Wichita experience happen for someone I know? Consider nominating someone from your business circle who has the potential for expanding current leadership roles. Or consider a leader within your area of influence who has demonstrated their commitment to our community through their awareness about issues facing Wichita and the surrounding area. What makes the Leadership Wichita program most impactful is the different perspectives represented by a diverse class of participants. Nominations are due June 10, and should be submitted electronically at wichitachamber.org/leadershipwichita. Nominees will then be forwarded an application to complete and submit by June 22.
  1. How many are accepted into each class and what’s the cost to participate? Placement in this leadership program is highly coveted and I’m sure many past participants will agree that the experience exceeded their expectations! We receive 50 to 80 applications every year, with a maximum of 30 achievers selected for the class. I didn’t make the class with my first application, but was selected my second time around. It was well worth the effort of reapplying, as my experience provided many opportunities to connect and serve in leadership capacities. In my opinion, the $750 tuition is a small investment in your leadership development. Don’t let the fee hold you back. Limited financial assistance is available!
  1. Are there age or regional limitations for applicants? In order to engage in a meaningful experience and ensure a diverse class, there aren’t any age limits. In addition, Leadership Wichita is inclusive of our surrounding area, so applications outside of the immediate metro area are also welcomed. One must be a Kansas resident, but consideration is given to eliminate duplication of industries and/or companies within the each selected class.

Watch for the final blog post in our three-part series that publishes tomorrow.
May 18Tyler Heffron, a 2008 Leadership Wichita graduate, covers session topics and the selection process for the 2016 Leadership Wichita class.

Leadership Wichita nominations are due June 10, and should be submitted electronically. Nominees will then be forwarded an application to complete and submit by June 22.