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April 29, 2014

YPW Member reconnects with Wichita

Leadership Academy provides outlet for connection

Heather Bohrer

By Aaron Bushell, Bank of the West
2014 Leadership Academy Class Member

I was honored to be selected for the 2014 Young Professionals of Wichita Leadership Academy program.  Having recently returned to my hometown after living out of state for a few years, I saw it as a chance to reconnect with my city and to get to know other young professionals who were in leadership positions.  What I got out of it was so much more than I expected.  I had the opportunity to learn from local leaders in a wide variety of industries: Education, health care, aerospace and more. I got to spend time learning more about myself and what things I can do to better contribute to the community, and as I had expected had the chance to meet and learn from some bright young leaders who are the future of this community.


I must commend the organizers of YPW Leadership Academy for putting together a program that provides real benefit to the attendees.  From the Myers Briggs assessment with Kevin Bomhoff in Week 1 to the Personal Mission Statements with Todd Ramsey in Week 6 (and every week in between), each learning session took a very specific piece of leadership, and showed the class how to use what they learned to be better leaders in their personal lives, their place of employment, and the community.  Topics addressed were:

  • Know yourself
  • Know your boss
  • Know the people you lead
  • Be able to communicate the big picture

Long story short, it was outstanding, and I learned a great deal.  I’ve already recommended two new young leaders to apply for entry to next year’s class.

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