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Staley School of Leadership Studies

Staley School of Leadership Studies
Kansas State University
257 Leadership Studies Building
1300 Mid-Campus Drive N.
Manhattan, KS 66506

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Sunflower Summit
A convening of leadership studies and development programs in Kansas

Since the founding of the first Leadership Studies Program at Fort Hays State University in 1993 (Brungardt, 2000), the State of Kansas has been an incubator of new programs in the field of leadership education. Today, a total of ten academic programs are now active at colleges and universities in the state. This concentration of curricular programs is the highest of any state (National Clearinghouse for Leadership Programs, 2016). Additionally, we are home to the Kansas Leadership Center (KLC), a catalyst in fostering leadership for stronger, healthier and more prosperous Kansas communities.

Inter-Association Leadership Education Collaborative (ILEC) recently completed a four-year exploration into the most pressing needs to advance our field. The resulting Collaborative Priorities and Critical Considerations report (forthcoming) asserts that:

“Leadership Education provides a platform for addressing critical challenges facing local and global communities. However, considerable work is necessary to address the gap between our aspirations for a better society and evidence of real and lasting change...Leadership Education organizations and associations can and should bridge this gap and increase boundary-spanning efforts to advance leadership education and development for the next generation.” (ILEC, 2016)

We believe Kansas leadership educators are poised to make progress on this challenge at our first-ever Kansas Leadership Studies Sunflower Summit. The purpose of the Summit is to develop collaboration and build capacity among leadership educators across programs in the state of Kansas, for the purpose of advancing the common good.

Date: Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Location: Emporia State University's Memorial Union

Memorial Union - See Map

1 Kellogg Circle, Campus Box 4066
Emporia, KS 66801

Time: 8:30 am – 4:00 pm

Click here to register!

Some of the goals for the dialogue include:

  • exploring core leadership values of the Kansas institutions and implications for our collective leadership education work
  • collaboration toward an agenda that advances civic leadership through community-engaged scholarship
  • strategic coordination and partnership-building
  • developing opportunities to share information, resources, and educational approaches among individuals and institutions

This program is sponsored in part by a grant from the Association of Leadership Educators. There is no cost to attend; however, transportation and/or optional lodging costs will be the responsibility of each participant.

The deadline for registration is April 15.

If you have question, please feel free to direct them to Kerry Priest, kerryp@ksu.edu.


Summit Coordinators:

Clint Stephens, Emporia State University

Kerry Priest, Kansas State University

Brandon W. Kliewer, Kansas State University