Community Leaders Graduate Program To Better The Community

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW)- A special group of community members graduated from a special program that aims to create a stronger community.

Thirty-Seven community leaders graduated from the Leadership Greater Topeka program Wednesday at the Downtown Ramada Convention Center.

The graduates heard from keynote speaker Bruce Steinbrock. Steinbrock is the assistant athletic director for development at the Washburn University Foundation.

Marsha Sheahan, retired vice-president public relations for the Greater Topeka Chamber of Commerce and founder of Leadership Greater Topeka shared her reflections on the program.

Leadership Greater Topeka has been a program of the Greater Topeka Chamber of Commerce since 1984. The program identifies outstanding potential leaders from the Greater Topeka Community and teaches them how to lead in a community setting. The program features a combination of speakers, lessons, activities, small group discussions, community projects and tours.

The goal of the program is to have participants be able to identify adaptive ways of addressing community issues and situations to determine how they can influence decisions about community concerns.

Some of this years graduated include Sgt. Jennifer Cross, Topeka Police Department School Resource Officer Unit, Shawnee County Sheriff Herman Jones, and Misty Kruger, Shawnee County Health Agency public information officer.