Coletta Kicks Off Fuel the Fire Speaker Series this Thursday

Carol Coletta

Carol Coletta

You have heard us talking about it, and now the time has almost arrived for the The Fuel the Fire Speaker Series to begin. Carol Coletta, Vice President of Community and National Initiatives at the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, is an expert on the development of cities and will be in Wichita this Thursday, Aug. 28 to speak about the importance of cultivating and sustaining talent in Wichita.

The series of three speakers, which is designed to engage the community in conversations revolving around national trends, will focus on how to competitively position Wichita for the future. The Wichita Community Foundation, Wichita Downtown Development Corporation, and the Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce have partnered to make this series possible.

Before joining the Knight Foundation in 2013, Coletta was director of ArtPlace, a unique public-private collaboration to accelerate creative placemaking in communities across the United States. ArtPlace brings together leading private foundations, the National Endowment for the Arts, other federal agencies and major banks.

Coletta is also a past president and CEO of CEOs for Cities, a national network of urban leaders. She has served as executive director of the Mayors’ Institute on City Design, and also ran a Memphis-based public affairs consulting firm, Coletta & Company, focused on civic issues.

She has written and spoken extensively on the future of cities, including how communities develop, attract and retain talent, making her the perfect person to kick off the Fuel the Fire Speaker Series.

Coletta‘s keynote, which is free and open to the public, is on Aug. 28 at 5 p.m. at The LUX (120 E. 1st St. N.). For additional details, and to RSVP, visit FueltheFireSpeakerSeries.com.

Media Links
Official News Release
Jeff Fluhr of WDDC and Shelly Prichard of WCF on 99.7 Lite FM Lite is Local 
Wichita Business Journal Article
Wichita Eagle Article

 

It’s Time to Fuel the Fire

PrintPositioning Wichita as the premier place to grow companies, careers and communities requires understanding changing demographics, new concepts in urban planning and other shifts in the consumer landscape. The Fuel the Fire Speaker Series provides a unique opportunity for Wichitans to listen, learn and ask questions at three upcoming presentations. The series is a collaborative effort between the Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce, Wichita Downtown Development Corporation, and the Wichita Community Foundation to engage the community in discussions about changing national trends that will affect Wichita’s future.

Jeff Fluhr is the president of the Wichita Downtown Development Corporation (WDDC) and an enthusiastic supporter of moving Wichita forward. His editorial in today’s Wichita Business Journal provides more information about the speaker series and an invitation to participate.  “We need the unique perspectives and input of community volunteers, entrepreneurs, thought leaders, elected officials, young professionals, social service providers, artists, business leaders, educators and workforce recruiters. Consider yourself invited if you care about Wichita and want to be involved in making sure it thrives.”

You can also learn more about the series by tuning in to the LITE IS LOCAL program on 99.7 LITE FM this Sunday (August 17) at 8 a.m.  Jeff Fluhr and Shelly Prichard, President and CEO of the Wichita Community Foundation (WCF), recorded the program earlier this week and provided more details about how they hope the series will impact Wichita’s future.

Mark the dates on your calendar (August 28, September 17 and October 29) and plan to attend. Each session will be held at 5 p.m. at The Lux (120 East First). Please RSVP soon since space is limited.

The Fuel the Fire Speaker Series is made possible through a grant from the Knight Foundation Fund at WCF, as well as funds from WCF, WDDC and the Chamber’s Leadership Council.

Jeff Fluhr and Shelly Prichard at 99.7 Lite FM

                            Jeff Fluhr and Shelly Prichard at 99.7 Lite FM