Leadership Academy

An Elite Opportunity to Grow and Lead

Leadership Academy Class 2018

The YPW Leadership Academy exists to develop YPW members who are interested in growing their leadership capabilities. The course offers both professional development and community connections, providing opportunities to advance in your career and in the community.

Six weekly sessions feature interactive exercises, issue exploration, self-assessment and in-depth conversations with Wichita’s top community and business leaders. YPW Leadership Academy will educate YP members on their personal styles, values and strengths so they can grow as leaders, motivate others and impact change in their organizations and communities. It works to expand your leadership, career and life skills. The program begins with taking a closer look at your personal leadership style and then guides you in how to expand and utilize those skills via techniques to further your career.

Benefits – for YPs and Their Companies

  • Gain valuable insights in communication, group dynamics, building consensus within a team, creative problem solving skills and much more!
  • Expand networks by connecting with potential business contacts or life-long friends
  • Strengthen leadership skills that will translate to better job performance and company growth

Application Process

Interested parties must be nominated and then complete an application to be considered for the class of 25 participants. A selection committee will review the information received and select the individuals to participate in the next class. All applicants from the metro Wichita region are welcomed. Selection will be based, in part, on the following criteria:

  • Potential for expanding their leadership roles
  • Interest in learning more about leadership skills and principles
  • Interest in applying their gained leadership skills in the workforce and community
  • Evidence of personal and professional improvements

A $300 tuition is charged to cover program costs. Limited scholarship funds are available for those selected who need financial assistance. Only those persons willing to attend all sessions and activities should be nominated or apply. For class dates, see below. For more information, please refer to the YPW Leadership Academy 2019 Brochure.


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We ask that all nominees be at least 21 years old. Membership in YPW or the Wichita Regional Chamber of Commerce is not required but may be considered during the selection process. Candidates only need to be nominated once to be invited to apply for the program.

Important Dates for the 2019 Class

Nomination and Selection Process – Fall 2018

  • Applications and Nominations Open: September 10
  • Nominations Due: September 28
  • Applications Due:October 12
  • Selections Announced: no later than November 12

Leadership Academy Sessions – Winter 2019

  • Academy Begins: January 2019
  • Tuition due for class participants: December 14
  • Kick off mingle: January 8
  • Session #1: January 15
  • Session #2: January 22
  • Session #3: January 29
  • Session #4: February 5
  • Session #5: February 12
  • Session #6: February 19

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