The WCS Leadership Academy is a program within the Institute for Community Impact that invests in our students by providing leadership training and guidance in the non-profit, civic and business sectors. The Academy empowers students to grow in their own leadership traits, challenge ideas, define issues, and develop strategies for action.  We move students to engage with the community through advocacy and a commitment to service. 

We believe graduating Spartans should have an understanding of who they are, and how their service may transform our communities and our world. Equipping students to engage with their civic, nonprofit and business community is our duty at Collegiate. This serves our future. As we build students with an aim to lead and make a difference, we believe we are positively affecting the culture for now and in the future.



We believe graduating Spartans should have an understanding of who they are, and how their service may transform our communities and our world. Equipping students to engage with their civic and business community is our duty at Collegiate. This serves our future.  As we build students with an aim to lead and make a difference, we believe we are positively affecting the culture for now and in the future. 


We offer Juniors and Seniors active opportunities to make a difference in their own way about the things they care about. Through the Wichita Collegiate Leadership Academy, students engage their community through nonprofit, civic and business sectors. Students learn directly from industry executives eager to develop student passions to create meaningful change in Wichita and beyond. 

Students attend workshops Sundays that are 2 hours long. Each Sunday Seminar may have multiple components: a speaker, an interactive moment for strategic team building (with an action item), a short article for review, or a TED Talk or podcast related to the issue. 

Students successfully completing all program requirements during junior and seniors years will graduate from Wichita Collegiate School with Distinction.


During their Senior year, students will select one of 3 Leadership Tracks for more in-depth study. 

Business Leadership
This track focuses on how to lead in an entrepreneurial and business setting. Students will understand and explore start-up businesses, management, strategy, marketing, and finance.

Civic Leadership
Seniors in this track focus on issues of public concern. Upon completion students will understand how to manage and lead in public service. They will also learn about civic engagement and leadership, community organizing, and the role local government plays in the community. 

Non-Profit Leadership
Students selecting this track will focus on what it takes to run a non-profit. The Leadership Academy works with non-profits around the community to understand how they fulfill community needs, as well how they develop their board of trustees and management teams. 


JoyAnn Brake
Director of the Leadership Academy

Georgia Ahern
Non-profit Leadership Track

Amy Cunningham
Junior Leadership Program

David LeVan
Business Leadership Track

Hans Widener
Business Leadership Track

Rob Egan
Civics Leadership Track

Julianne London
Student Resource Manager


In 2020-2021, all Juniors and Seniors will experience the Junior program. 

  • Explore all tracks

  • Six 2-hour workshops throughout the year

  • Program offerings twice per month

  • Twelve 50-minute classes during open lunch in October through April


This track will begin during the 2021-2022 school year. Students will: 

  • Choose a track

  • Invest in one area of interest

  • Receive a mentor and advisor in connection with an organization

  • Receive Shadowship (job-shadowing internship) for 20+ hours during school year

  • Complete seven 2-hour workshops throughout the year

  • Complete a senior project which summarizes Shadowship experience, and growth in personal Leadership development.


All workshops have four components including a speaker, an action item (or interactive moment for team building), a short article to review, and a TED Talk or podcast related to the issue discussed in the workshop. Workshops are offered on Sundays from 2 to 4 PM unless otherwise noted. The complete schedule is below.

Oct. 11, 2020 - Powering Up!: Introduction to Leadership
Speaker Donna Wright from the Kansas Leadership Center addresses the question "how will I lead?" Academy members will discuss strategic leadership, the differences between governance and management, and the concept of Servant Leadership. 

Nov. 8, 2020 - Creating Your Pitch: Rhetorical Strategies
Speaker Audrey Hane, Ph.D., and Professor of Communication at Newman University guides students on crafting their message to show their value. Developing credibility, emotional appeal, and exploring the modes of persuasion are all topics of discussion this week.

Jan. 10, 2021 - Who Am I? Personality Profile
WCS College Counselors Amanda Booth & Sasha Kuchinski help students navigate several key personality tests. The workshop focuses on understanding different ways that we perceive, take in, and absorb information, and how those processes determine the ways we work, think, solve problems, communicate, and lead.

Feb. 6, 2021 - Advocacy: Finding Common Purpose
Speaker Joseph Shephard discusses advocacy as the foundation for American democracy. This workshop will explore the mechanisms to influence public policy, securing and promoting social justice, shaping community change, systematically influencing decision making, and educating the public to bring about change.

March 7, 2021 - Raising the Funds: Making Your Case
Amanda Meyers, the Executive Director of the Wichita Family Crisis Center focuses on fund development skills that are always top of mind for many non-profits, civic leaders, and entrepreneurs. These skills will help students focus on fundraising that will help further student understandings of how to position an organization's mission and vision, and how to share their cause with the community.

April 11, 2021 - Steering Change: Navigating the Course to Improvement
Speaker Nathan Washer shares his experience of navigating change including introducing new initiatives to WCS, the unplanned challenges of Covid, and helps students strategize as they will inspire change for the common Good in their own futures!

April 18, 2021 - Ethical Leadership: Right vs. Right
Speaker Dana Hensley discusses how the ethical leader understands that positive relationships are built on respect, openness, and trust, and are critical to creating an ethical environment. In this workshop, we explore ethical dilemmas and dig into the underlying principles of ethical leadership.


Thursday, October 1: What is your EQ?  
How Emotional Intelligence helps you better understand yourself and those around you. 
Speaker Hans Widener

Thursday, October 15: Speak Between the Lines
How to Influence those around you using persuasive messaging techniques.
Speaker Askia Ahmad

Wednesday, November 11: You Are What You Post
How to Leverage personal branding techniques for success.
Speaker Ryan Corwin

Tuesday, November 17: Square Pegs and Round Holes
How critical thinking and problem-solving skills make you an indispensable team member and leader.
Speaker Scott Welsh

Tuesday, January 12: Don't Go Broke
How to budget like a pro and finance the projects that matter to you.

Wednesday, January 27: Break the Silence
How to have difficult conversations and resolve conflicts more effectively.
Speaker Audrey Hane  

Tuesday, February 2: Mold your Mind
How to understand your strengths and maximize your mental potential.
Speaker Jessica Strong

Thursday, February 25: Take Back Your Time
How to improve time management skills and make every moment count. 
Speaker Katie Leiding

Tuesday, March 2: Bust or Build
How to use habit training to supercharge your productivity.
Speaker Bunny Hill

Monday, March 29: Leading with a Team
What does it look like to be a board member and why should you ever do it? 
Speaker Amy Johnson

Thursday, April 15: Remembering Your Reason
How to create a mission statement that keeps your purpose and passion at the forefront of your work
Speakers Rob Egan and Georgia Ahern

Tuesday, April 20: Building a Bigger Table
How to ensure every voice is heard and respected in order to create a diverse and inclusive environment.
Speaker Danielle Johnson