​​Emerge & Lead is a leadership development program designed to enhance the leadership skills of individuals that work or volunteer for nonprofit organizations in Kansas. 

​​Emerge & Lead is a leadership development program designed to enhance the leadership skills of individuals that work or volunteer for nonprofit organizations in Kansas. 

The 6-month program will provide unique learning opportunities for building leadership skills and addressing challenges within nonprofit organizations.

Ideal participants for this program should:
- Show substantive history of involvement in the nonprofit sector through employment, volunteerism, or board service,
- Be willing to commit to, and attend, all sessions of the 6-month program,
- Demonstrate the initiative to becoming a high-performing leader with a commitment to the Kansas nonprofit sector,
- Be energized by addressing challenges, constructive feedback, and being open to trying new approaches in their work,
- Not afraid to ask questions, challenge yourself, and enrich the learning experience of peers,
- Have an interest in being part of an ongoing alumni network.

Program Components include:
- Participation in Kansas Leadership Center's "Your Leadership Edge" Conference
- Leadership Training
- Peer Coaching 
- Board Governance Training
- Networking

Nonprofit Chamber Members      $300          Non-Members      $500


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First Row: Crystal Sheffield, Human Resources Coordinator at Rainbows United; Robyn Davis, Foundation Coordinator at Wesley Children’s Foundation; Janet Federico, CEO at Thrive ICT; Natalie Rolfe, Executive Director at Down Syndrome Society of Wichita; Madeline Akers, President at Wichita Fellowship Club

Middle Row:
Becca Boldra, Executive Director at Wichita Police Foundation; Nancy Estep, Director at Project Laundry; Christy Thomas, Executive Director at Girls on the Run Heart of Kansas; Jennifer Brown, Development Manager at Envision; Jamie Gideon, Director of Public Policy at Alzheimer’s Association; Brianna Baskerville, COO at Wichita’s Littlest Heroes; Olivia Vest, VISTA Leader at Community Engagement Institute; Benita Chaplin, President/CEO at The Touch Closet; Sandy Free, ED at Teach Out of Poverty; Taryn Zweygardt, Community Liaison Coordinator at Healthy Babies; Christine Brisco, Volunteer ED at Koinonia Senior Care; Nancy Trier-Metzger, Executive Director at Camp Allegro Wichita; Kevin Jenks, General Manager at National Baseball Congress; Mike Cook, House Manager at Wichita Fellowship Club

Back Row:
Alan Smith, Director of Clinical Services at EmberHope Youthville; Kyle Ellison, Executive Director at Real Men Real Heroes; Dawn Roberts, Administrative Assistant at Koinonia Senior Care; Thea Chimilio, Member Engagement Coordinator at Nonprofit Chamber of Service; Marquetta Atkins, Founder/President at Camp Destination Innovation; Amanda Hale, Executive Director at Freedom Hooves Therapeutic Riding Center; Jennifer Campbell, Director of Marketing at Via Christi HOPE; Stuart Ray, Board Member at Starkey; Brian Voth, VP of Data Services, EmberHope Youthville; Kaci Conger, Kansas Certified Peer Mentor at Higher Ground; Brett Denison, Club Manager at Wichita Fellowship Club

Congratulations to the Class of 2019!