YPW announces 2017 Leadership Academy class
Twenty-five area young professionals have been selected to participate in the 2017 Young Professionals of Wichita (YPW) Leadership Academy, a leadership development program for young professionals who are interested in growing their leadership capabilities. Leadership Academy participants were nominated for the class by members of the community and then completed an application, which was reviewed by a selection committee.
The program educates YPs on their personal styles, values and strengths so they can grow as leaders, motivate others and impact change in their organizations and communities. The program, which will begin in January, includes six weekly sessions that feature interactive exercises, issue exploration, self-assessments, and in-depth conversations with Wichita’s top community and business leaders.
“YPW’s unique leadership program is designed by YPs for YPs,” said YPW Executive Director Suzy Finn. “Our hope is that this class will learn as much from each other as they will from the experts they’ll hear from. We believe the broad range of industries, sectors, years of experience, roles, and backgrounds represented will be key to making that possible. Wichita’s future is bright with individuals like these excited to learn more about their role in leadership.”
2017 Leadership Academy Participants:
Alyssa Peppiatt, BKD, LLP
Ann Marie Siegwarth, Envision, Inc.
Ashley Lunkenheimer, Wesley Medical Center
Branden McLaughlin, CrossFirst Bank
Chloe Stevenson, Apples & Arrows
Cyle Barnwell, BELT Leasing
Destiny Pello, Emprise Bank
James Holland, Westar Energy
James Nixon, Airbus Americas Engineering, Inc.
Jenna Reid (Kramer), Sullivan Higdon & Sink
Jennifer McDonald, CCH, A Wolters Kluwer Business
Jessica Long, Delta Dental of Kansas, Inc.
Jessie Rainey, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
Kristen Zemanick, Koch Industries, Inc.
Kyle Womacks, Emprise Bank
Lauren Clary, Professional Engineering Consultants, P.A.
Mary Hetherington, Wichita Community Foundation
Matt Spahn, Martin Pringle Oliver Wallace & Bauer, L.L.P.
Megan Lovely, City of Wichita
Mike Heldstab, U.S. Senator Jerry Moran
Rachel Sweet, Via Christi Health
Ravon Kirkendoll, BG Products, Inc.
Shannon Vande Brake, Textron Aviation Inc.
Steven Suellentrop, Legacy Bank
Teddy Farias, Wichita Area Technical College
Housed and staffed by the Wichita Regional Chamber of Commerce, YPW’s mission is to attract, engage and retain diverse young talent to effect positive change for a brighter future. With a membership of more than 3,000, YPW’s number one aspiration is brain gain for Wichita by facilitating professional and social connections, encouraging leadership development and building community pride.