SPARTAN LEADERSHIP ACADEMY
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, explore industries, challenge ideas, define issues, and develop strategies for action. We move students to engage with the community through advocacy and a commitment to service.
JUNIOR TRACK OF STUDY
During 2021-2022, Juniors in Leadership Academy will:
Explore general Leadership principles and practices
Explore all three tracks of Business, Civics and Nonprofits
Complete ten 2-hour workshops throughout the year (see calendar below). This will include five general Leadership sessions, one of each senior track, plus the beginning and closing sessions.
Complete reflection and follow-up questions, to ensure application and understanding after each session
To sign up, click on this link and fill out the survey: Junior Sign Up
SENIOR TRACK OF STUDY
During 2021-2022, Seniors in Leadership Academy will:
Choose a track
Invest in one area of interest
Receive a mentor and advisor in connection with an organization
Receive a Shadowship (job-shadowing internship) for 20+ hours during school year
Complete seven 2-hour workshops throughout the year; this includes their individual track sessions plus the opening and closing sessions.
Complete a senior project which summarizes their Shadowship experience, and growth in personal Leadership development.
All workshops have several components including a speaker, an action item (or interactive moment for application or team building), a short article to review, and/or a TED Talk or podcast related to the issue discussed in the workshop. Follow-up and Reflection Questions will be posted in Schoology for student homework.
Workshops are offered on Sundays from 2 to 4 PM. The complete schedule is below.
PROGRAM KICK-OFF SESSION, FOR ALL MEMBERS
September 19, 2021 - Leadership at Every Level
Tom Gentile, President and CEO of Spirit Aerosystems, kicks off this year's program with a session for all Leadership Academy members and parents. Mr. Gentile will address the topic of leadership principles from the top, as well leadership traits that every person should aim to have at every level. Want to grow as a leader? Listen carefully and take notes!
JUNIOR GENERAL SESSIONS
October 24, 2021 - Yes, You are a Leader: 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.
December 5, 2021 - GPA Isn’t Everything: Emotional Intelligence and Personality Profile
Part 1: Hans Widener discusses how Emotional Intelligence helps you better understand yourself and those around you
Part 2: WCS College Counselors Amanda Booth & Sasha Kuchinski help students navigate their personality profile. 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.
January 23, 2022 - Telling and Selling Your Story: Difficult Conversations and Building Bridges
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 session. In addition, Ms. Hane will lead students through the art of difficult conversations to improve relationships and develop problem-solving skills.
February 20, 2022 - Take Back Your Time: Habit Training and Time Management
Speakers Bunny Hill and Katie Leiding present together to teach how to use habit training to supercharge your productivity. This includes time management and other strategies to make the most of your days and your life!
March 27, 2022 - Right versus Right: Working through Ethical Dilemmas
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.
PROGRAM CLOSING SESSION, FOR ALL MEMBERS
April 3, 2022: When Civics, Nonprofits and Business Work Together to Better our Community and World (Speaker TBD)
Nonprofit Track Sessions
October 24, 2021 - Passion is Not Enough: Understanding the Business behind the Nonprofit
Speaker Shelly Prichard, President and CEO of Wichita Community Foundation
November 7, 2021 - Making the Asks: Knowing Your Network and Using its Strengths Speaker Deb Voth, President of Rainbows
January 9, 2022 - Finding Your Fit: Leadership Styles
(Business and Nonprofit Meet Together)
Speaker Mary Shannon, President and CEO Big Brothers Big Sisters
February 6, 2022 - Street Cred: Credibility and Consistency in the Community
Speaker Debbie Kennedy, President and CEO Wichita Children’s Home
March 6, 2022 - Building a Legacy: Setting a Clear Vision for a Healthy Culture
Speaker Danielle Johnson, Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity
Business Track Sessions
October 3, 2021 - Entrepreneurship: Building from the Ground Up
Speaker Marquis Bradley, Entrepreneur
November 7, 2021 - Dollars and Sense: Financial Decision-Making
Speaker Mark Suchinski, Chief Financial Officer of Spirit Aerosystems
January 9. 2022: Finding Your Fit: Leadership Styles
Speaker Mary Shannon, Chief Executive Officer of Big Brothers Big Sisters
February 6, 2022 - More Than a Job: Building Culture
Speaker Jeff Johnson, President of Flint Hills Golf Club and Entrepreneur
March 6, 2022 - Team Players: Motivating Employees
Speaker Evan Rosell, Greater Wichita Partnership
Civics Track Sessions
October 3, 2021 - What is Civic Engagement?
Speaker from Kansas Leadership Center
November 7, 2021 - More Than Politics: Non-Elected Civic Engagement
January 9. 2022 - Finding Your Fit: Passion Projects within Civic Engagement
Panel Discussion with Dr. Russell A. Fox (Friends University) and Judge Kevin M. Smith
February 6, 2022 - Building Longevity: Getting Involved and Staying Engaged
Panel Discussion with Dalton Glasscock, (former SCRP Chair and Adjunct Lecturer in American Politics) Chris Pumpelly (Ad Astra Group, aide to Mayor Whipple campaign)
March 6, 2022 - So You Want to Be Civically Engaged? WCS, Civics, and You