Leadership Kansas, a nationally recognized program that aims to develop and motivate future leaders for the state, has selected three Lawrence residents to participate in its 1998 class.
Steven Johnson, executive director of corporate relations for Kansas Gas Service; Sherwood Thompson, director of the Kansas University office of minority affairs; and Janice Toebben, senior vice president of retail banking at Mercantile Bank of Lawrence are among the 35 Kansans chosen to take part in the program.
``The focus of selecting a class for Leadership Kansas is very similar to that of picking draft choices for a winning professional sports team,'' said David Lindstrom, chairman of the board. ``You build the winning team by making sure that you have the proper mix of talent.''
Leadership Kansas was established 20 years ago to identify potential leaders from various walks of life. It focuses on issues facing the state and encourages those selected to become active partners in addressing those issues.
The program's graduates include state officials, industry leaders and community activists.
Beginning in May, the 1998 class will meet once a month for the next six months in Kansas City, Garden City, Goodland/Colby, Hutchinson/Wichita and Topeka.
Leadership Kansas is a program of the Kansas Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Topeka.