Source: Ron Wilson, 785-532-7690, rwilson@k-state.edu
Website: http://www.k-state.edu/leadershipseminar/
News release prepared by: Beth Bohn, 785-532-1544, bbohn@k-state.edu

Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012

Leadership for extraordinary times: 16th annual seminar explores challenges facing leaders in Kansas today

MANHATTAN -- Leadership for the challenges being faced in our organizations and communities today is the focus of the 16th annual K-State Leadership Seminar, "Leading in Extraordinary Times," from 8:45 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Thursday, March 15, at the K-State Student Union.

For the first time, the seminar will be videostreamed online to two additional locations, which will have breakout sessions targeted to regional needs. The sessions will be in Olathe and in Great Bend.

For universities, extraordinary times demand that we make our campuses and communities safe for all. "Leading in Extraordinary Times" will provide the tools for participants to take on theses challenges and give them the training needed to lead the way, whatever the situation. Faculty, staff and community members are encouraged to attend.

The seminar will give participants practical, hands-on information and tools; best practices for effective leadership; inspiration to exercise leadership when it really counts; an idea of where to go for additional leadership resources; and a connection to others who are working to grow their leadership skills.

Keynote speaker is Magistrate Judge Tommy Webb of Kansas, who will present "You Can Make A Difference," which sets the stage for focused sessions on specific skills that leaders can use, such as decision-making, systems thinking, and planning and preparation.

Other speakers include K-State's April Mason, provost and senior vice president; Suzie Fritz, one of the most successful volleyball coaches in K-State history; Heather Reed, K-State associate dean and director of student life; Maj. Gen. Lee Tafanelli, adjutant general of Kansas; Col. William J. Clark, garrison commander at Fort Riley; and Tom Roberts, assistant dean for recruitment and leadership programs at K-State's College of Engineering.

Visit the seminar website, http://www.k-state.edu/leadershipseminar/, to find out more about the day's activities, additional information on the speakers, to download a seminar brochure and to register. Early registration -- by March 1 -- is $95 per person; after that the cost is $120.

More information also is available by contacting Ron Wilson, chair of the Leadership Seminar Committee, at 785-532-7690 or rwilson@k-state.edu.