Leadership program rewarding

By A Contributor

As student body president of Kansas State University, I am blessed to have many wonderful opportunities. Some highlights include monthly meetings with university President Kirk Schulz, serving on the K-State Alumni Board of Directors and being on the field for halftime at a football game. I have learned a lot from these opportunities and have enjoyed them immensely. This summer, I had the unique experience to be a part of the inaugural Leader-ship Kansas Emerging Leaders Program. 

Both of my parents participated in Leadership Kansas. They have always talked about how much they enjoyed that experience. My father graduated from the program with a new set of close friendships that we hang out with to this day. When I heard about the opportunity to get involved with the same program, I was ecstatic. For those of you who do not know, Leadership Kansas is a state-wide program designed to annually engage and motivate 40 future leaders from Kansas communities.

This year, Leadership Kansas launched an Emerging Leaders Program to involve young people and make them aware of this tremendous leadership opportunity.

The inaugural group consisted of the current student body presidents of the six Kansas Board of Regents institutions and Washburn University. We were given the chance to attend one of the Leadership Kansas sessions held during the summer.  Morgan Said, student body president from KU, and I attended the session July 23-25 highlighting the Manhattan-Junction City area.

At this session we visited a wide range of hotspots in our community, including the Flint Hills Discovery Center, the newly renovated west side of Bill Snyder Family Stadium, Fort Riley and the Kansas Wheat Innovation Center. We were fortunate to have KSU Coach Bill Snyder join us at the stadium to visit with the class.

I thoroughly enjoyed learning from these outstanding Kansas leaders and felt privileged to show them around our wonderful community. I would like to thank the Emerging Leaders Program sponsors, Westar Energy and Capitol Federal Foundation, as well as the Leadership Kansas Board of Trustees, for making this pro-gram a reality.

After spending three days with these 40 outstanding Kansas leaders, my confidence in the future of Kansas was solidified. Kansas is in good hands, thanks to the Leadership Kansas Pro-gram.

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