2023 Game Changers Gala Honorees Announced

Sep 27, 2023 · Scott Elpers

W – A Community of Young Professionals is proud to announce this year’s honorees for the Game Changers Gala, which celebrates outstanding achievements, dedication and leadership within Wichita’s young professional community.

The Game Changers Gala on November 1 will recognize individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to the growth and vibrancy of Wichita. These remarkable honorees embody the spirit of innovation, entrepreneurship and community engagement that define our city.

“As presenting sponsor of W’s Game Changers Gala, we’re honored to celebrate the spirit of innovation and collaboration represented by this year’s outstanding award nominees,” said Michelle Wolz, Senior Vice President and Retail Banking Director for Fidelity Bank, and a member of the W Board of Directors. “From distinguished organizations to dynamic individuals, the young professionals powering the next chapter of Wichita’s story demonstrate the impact of developing emerging talent among the next generation. Congratulations to all nominees and to W for showcasing the very best of our community.”

2023 Game Changer Honorees

Momentum Award – James Cox, Greater Wichita Partnership

The recipient of this award is a distinguished member of the Wichita and W community, recognized for their unwavering commitment to serving and preserving the city through their time, service and talents. They are fearless leaders who inspire their fellow young professionals to come together and strategically advance the community towards a brighter future.

Community Catalyst Award – Maddie Butler, Kent Audio Visual

This award recognizes a young professional who has made unique and noteworthy contributions to their business or profession through creativity and innovation, such as reinvigorating or modernizing a business, successfully launching a new enterprise or introducing new ideas.

Exemplify Award – Create Campaign & Lead for America

Presented to an organization, business, non-profit or group that excels in attracting, retaining and developing young professionals in the Wichita community. They provide opportunities for growth and foster a supportive environment for young talent to thrive.

Thomas Stanley Legacy Award – Ellen Decker, Adams Brown

This legacy award was named in honor of Thomas Stanley, a former board member and volunteer. It is awarded to an individual who has shown long-standing support for W and historically champions the organization. Like Thomas Stanley, they raise the heat and believe that we can all be better.

“Our members accomplish amazing things in their professional and personal lives every year. Game Changers Gala allows us to celebrate some of those achievements, said Samantha Camden, W Program Manager. “We believe it is essential to celebrate our young professionals and recognize organizations that excel in their efforts to attract, retain and engage young professionals in the Wichita community.”

The awards ceremony will take place during the Game Changers Gala on November 1 from 6 to 9:30 p.m. at Temple Live Wichita. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.