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April 1, 2024

Building Next-Gen Leadership series launches first session April 15

Submitted by Human Resources

Any employee across the institution who aspires to lead, regardless of position or title, is invited to participate in a new leadership development series, Building Next-Gen Leadership. The limited series will teach leadership concepts and develop community, especially around the university’s Next-Gen K-State strategic plan.  

"The Building Next-Gen Leadership series is a terrific opportunity for our employees to grow both professionally and personally, as well as to make a meaningful impact," said Chief Human Resources Officer Shanna Legleiter. "They'll be empowered to think differently, network and capitalize on what they learn." 

The Building Next-Gen Leadership series will kick off on April 15 with its first topic, Courage: Leading Starts With You. 

In this workshop, you’ll explore practical steps toward achieving the change you desire, in the places you have the most influence, no matter what role, position or title you hold. 

The workshop will be offered three times to reach as many employees as possible — two in-person sessions on the Manhattan campus and one virtual session for employees who can’t attend in person. Registration is required by Friday, April 12. 

In-person session
Monday, April 15
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Town Hall at the Leadership Studies Building
Lunch will be provided. 

Virtual session
Tuesday, April 16
8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.

In-person session
Wednesday, April 17
1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Wildcat Chamber, K-State Student Union
Light refreshments will be provided. 

The series will be facilitated by Amanda Cebula, adjunct instructor at K-State’s Staley School of Leadership and former director of project and business development at the Kansas Leadership Center. Cebula co-authored the book “Your Leadership Edge: Tools and Strategies for When Everyone Leads.” She received her bachelor’s degree in communication studies from K-State with minors in music and leadership studies. She also earned a master’s degree in management and leadership from Webster University. 

Human Resources recognizes the need for leadership development programming to advance the vision for Next-Gen K-State. The HR strategic initiative will take place in three phases: a series open to all K-State employees, a professional development needs assessment and future programming. 

Leadership development aligns with building and sustaining our workforce, one of the key priorities of the Next-Gen K-State strategic plan. Continuing to develop leadership capacities and strengths among faculty and staff is critical to the university reaching its goals. 

Be on the lookout in K-State Today for May’s leadership topic. In the meantime, check out the Building Next-Gen Leadership page for more information.