“This conference was a great experience. It really helped me figure out what I need to work on as a person. It was very professional, and everyone that worked and volunteered was wonderful and very helpful.” –Anonymous Volunteer through evaluation
The conference portion of the LCETM continued the traditional approach and allowed students to understand leadership roles and challenges specific to the organizations and positions they would be simulating Friday.
Leaders from the community provided insights and leadership lessons in break-out sessions:
Session 1: Organizational Leadership
- Jim Leiker, Chief Executive Officer of Easter Seals Capper Foundation,Topeka, Kansas
- Pam Leinwetter, Budget Director of USD 501, Topeka Public Schools
- Charlie Lord, Chief Executive Officer of YMCA of Topeka
- Dr. Denise Ottinger, Vice President of Student Life, Washburn University
- Dr. Nancy Tate, Assistant Vice President of Academic Affairs, Washburn University
Session 2: Role Specific Leadership
- Laura Burton, Public Education Coordinator, YWCA of Topeka
- Phillip Davis, Chief Executive Officer, Flint Hills Community Health Center, Emporia
- Jeri Hansen, Vice President of Human Resources, Capitol Federal Savings,Topeka
- Miriam Krehbiel, Chief Executive Officer, United Way of Greater Topeka
- Charlie Lord, Chief Executive Officer, YMCA of Topeka
On Thursday evening, student participants along with team advisors, volunteers, and community members gathered at the Bradbury Thompson Alumni Center for a dinner and program featuring keynote speaker Ed O’Malley, President and Chief Executive Officer, Kansas Leadership Center.
“The application is huge, being able to take the classroom experience and apply it. That’s what makes it unique and important.” –John Montgomery, advisor to Fort Hays State University
The 2012 LCETM Simulation expected students to work both individually and as a team to solve a budget crisis resulting from the embezzlement of millions of dollars within the Central Kansas Community Foundation.
19 teams participated, twelve of those being from high schools and seven from colleges and universities. Four states were represented: Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, and Illinois.