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Lawrence and Douglas County

Lawrence and Douglas county

Leadership Kansas members gather in Lawrence

April 12, 2013

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Kansas business leaders, politicians and community leaders gathered Friday at the Lawrence Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire St., for the annual Leadership Kansas Leadership Summit.

Leadership Kansas Executive Director John Federico said the summit provides leaders with networking opportunities and comprehensive information on Kansas issues. The hope is to create engaged leaders who will positively affect their state and communities.

The program takes members across Kansas to speak with experts on topics such as education, agriculture and societal health.

“When I got into Leadership Kansas and traveled around the state, I learned so much,” program participant Rep. Barbara Ballard, D-Lawrence, said. Leadership Kansas recognized Ballard as the 2013 alumni of the year.

Summit highlights included speeches from Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer and NFL Hall-of-Famer and Kansas University football standout John Riggins.

Riggins spoke to the crowd about success and leadership, saying success comes from doing your job, and that true leaders always want the ball in their hands, that is, to take control of the situation.

Leadership Kansas also added 40 new members to the group —­ including Lawrence resident Vance Crocker and City Attorney Toni Wheeler.

Wheeler said she hoped the honor would help her better serve the state and the community.

“The more knowledge we have about the state, its industry, its strengths, it lets us move the state forward.”

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UneasyRider 1 year ago

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nascar 1 year ago

Guess_again, You NAILED it!

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guess_again 1 year ago

Oh God, give me a break.

"Leadership Kansas" was a program invented and administered by the Kansan Chamber of Commerce before that organization went to the hard right. At that time it was a good program.

The Kansas Chamber has since become totally controlled by the Koch's and acolytes.

It is laughable that these participants show up in Lawrence, and pose for a group photograph on the KU basketball court, in an effort to promote "quality," at the same time the Kansas Chamber supports a tax plan which will harm in significant fashion the quality Kansas higher education, and public education, and which has been judged independently by national experts from both directions immediately as "the worst state tax plan in the nation."

Hint to those people who still want to participate in "Leadership..." anything. Read up. The people who invented "Leadership Kansas" (and other leadership programs) are not in charge. Mr. Federico, you are not originally, but are now, a big part of the endemic problem.

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Bob Forer 1 year ago

Nothing more than a mildly benign indoctrination camp.

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