Quality Indicators

Quality Indicators

Our Vision

Establish an innovative platform for leadership education that is recognized as a pioneering model for the development of future leaders and leadership methods.

Our Mission

To develop students into ethical, caring, and diverse leaders prepared to immediately assume leadership roles in today’s changing society by cultivating the study of leadership and facilitating transformational learning experiences designed to challenge, motivate, and inspire future leaders.

Advisory Board

The Advisory Board has significantly aided the Leadership Institute in its efforts to accomplish its mission through guidance, advocacy, and partnership with the Leadership Institute. The Advisory Board consists of adults in the Topeka Community that help the Leadership Institute set goals in pursuit of its mission and provide feedback, wisdom, and expertise to enable the Leadership Institute to maximize its potential.  The Advisory Board receive progress reports from Leadership Institute staff and student leaders and give feedback, suggestions, and help to brainstorm new ideas, solutions to hurdles, or enhancements to existing plans.

Current Advisory Board Members:

William Beteta
Business Development Manager
Schendel Lawn and Landscape

Ron Brown
Director of School Safety
Topeka Public Schools

Rosa Cavazos
Director of Tourism Development
Visit Topeka

Susan Duffy
General Manager
Topeka Metro

Mike Grogan
Owner and President
Grogan Coaching and Consulting Services

Kim Gronniger
Senior Marketing Manager
Security Benefit

Jennifer Kirmse
Vice President of Business Development
Azura Credit Union

Miriam Krehbiel

Mary Pilgram
Chair and Associate Professor of Communication Studies
Washburn University

Barbara Stapleton
Vice President of Workforce and Education
Greater Topeka Chamber of Commerce

Lyle Thiessen
Trainer and Consultant
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas

Bob Trepinski
Jack Hope Design

Program Assessment and Results

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Critique and analyze the concept of leadership.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the historical, psychological and social bases of leadership.
  • Accept and appreciate the ethics and responsibilities of leadership.
  • Recognize and demonstrate mastery of the skills and abilities necessary for effective leadership.
  • Convert leadership theory into action.
  • Observe and evaluate leadership in a variety of contexts.

2013 - 2017 Leadership Studies Annual Year Assessment

Strategic Goals


Utilizing creativity and leveraging programmatic strengths, work with campus and community partners to attract a diverse group of students to Washburn University, and more specifically to be involved with Leadership Institute curricular and co-curricular offerings, as well as the Leadership WTE.


Create a benchmark for student retention within Leadership Institute programs; enhance this retention through additional curricular partnerships, engaging co-curricular programming, and continued focus on meaningful developmental experiences for students.


Continue fostering successful partnerships with the Topeka and Shawnee County communities, and place additional emphasis on relationships with Leadership Institute alumni and campus constituents.


Enhance the intentional promotion of the Leadership Institute offerings through a more coherent and effective communication approach and utilization of partnerships throughout campus and the Topeka and Shawnee County communities.


Enhance currently existing co-curricular programs such as Leadership Challenge Event™ through additional promotion, and partner with campus and community partners in the development of additional co-curricular programs that integrate concepts from the curricular program.