|In keeping with the mission of the Kansas Leadership Center (KLC) to “foster civic leadership for healthier Kansas communities,” the primary mission of the 21st Century Leadership Dodge Class will focus on this common purpose and practice. This is a change in the program from past years as the Class will move forward and help create stronger, healthier and more prosperous community. Leadership must be more engaging, purposeful and provocative.
Participants will develop an in-depth understanding of the interrelationships and complexities of the community, while broadening their communication and problem-solving skills. Additionally, each participant has the opportunity to observe how community decisions are made, who makes them, and what alters or substantially influences them.
Program Co-Chairman Karen Ackerman said, “The program is designed to identify leaders and prepare them for positions of community involvement and civic leadership. It has four objectives: Identify and motivate potential leaders; acquaint those leaders with opportunities for interaction with existing leadership on community issues; and build understanding of the nature of community leadership and challenge participants to community involvement and decision making.”
Co-Chairman Marg Yaroslaski said, “Participants of 21st Century Leadership Dodge should be able to demonstrate an increasing level of responsibility, a desire to play a leadership role in Dodge City, and evidence of professional and personal involvement in their lives, representative of the diverse elements of our community.”
Class members next session will be in Topeka and they will participate in Dodge City Night.|