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YPW announces 2016 Leadership Academy class

For Immediate Release

December 15, 2015

Suzy Finn
Young Professionals of Wichita
Phone:  316-268-1170


WICHITA, Kan. – Twenty-five area young professionals have been selected to participate in the 2016 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.

“This will be the sixth year we have conducted the Leadership Academy program, and each year we are impressed by the number of qualified nominations and applications we receive,” said YPW Executive Director Suzy Finn. “This year’s class represents a broad range of nonprofit, for profit, government and higher education organizations; a diverse representation of roles from accounting to construction to healthcare; and a variety of involvement in other areas of the Wichita community. We can’t wait to see what they learn from each other as they develop the skills to lead this community in the future.”

2016 Leadership Academy Participants:

Tracy Anderson, Adams Brown Beran and Ball, Chtd.

Dacia Brown, Koch Industries

Maggie Butler, Via Christi Health

Chris Callen, Builders Plus Construction

Noah Coonce, Emprise Bank

Megan Davis, K Coe Isom, LLP

Daniel De Longe, Graybar Electric Co.

Jessica Dean, Apples & Arrows

Kyle Dresbach, United States Air Force – McConnell Air Force Base

Kate Flavin, Sedgwick County

Grant Good. AGCO Corporation

Kristen Hoffman, Delta Dental of Kansas

Lance Lewis, Spirit AeroSystems

Erin Manning, Riordan Clinic

Stacey Matson, Hutton Construction

Steven Peyton, Kansas Air National Guard

Christine Pileckas, INTRUST Bank Arena

Shawn Schmidt, Central Kansas Clean Cities

Dorian Soto, Westar Energy

Carly Taft, CLC Lodging

Natalie Toney, Wichita State University

Tyler Walden, Allen, Gibbs & Houlik

Randy Ware, Wichita State University

Mavish Wasim, Doctors Express Urgent Care

Abigail Winter, University of Kansas School of Pharmacy


About YPW:

Housed and staffed by the Wichita Metro 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 2,700, YPW’s number one aspiration is brain gain for Wichita by facilitating professional and social connections, encouraging leadership development and building community pride.



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