The Junior League of Kansas City, Missouri: women building better communities.
By Lisa Nickel, Civic Leadership Co-Chair
A brand new League program is exposing seasoned members to and preparing them for community involvement and civic leadership. The Civic Leadership Program provides an opportunity for experienced League members to learn more about themselves as leaders. Participants study the needs of the community and learn about leadership and service positions available in the greater Kansas City area. Because the program is open to both qualified Actives and all Sustainer members, Active Kristie Sigler and Sustainer Lisa Nickel are serving as co-chairs.
The inaugural Civic Leadership Program includes 11 Actives and seven Sustainers: Missy Andeel, Sharon Barry, Jennifer Bertels, Carrie Blackford, Nikki Broadfoot, Karen Crnkovich, Deanna Diebolt, Nikki Hokanson, Gretchen Ivy, Jen Johnson, Megan Moriarty, Dena Nash, Emily Neeld, Kimberlee Ried, Daphne Reitz, Kim Tennissen, Cami Walker, and Nicole Workman.
The group meets monthly with community and civic leaders at various locations throughout the city. During the first part of the year, the participants traveled to the Mid America Regional Council to hear leaders speak about the demographics and needs of our metropolitan area. They also visited the Women’s Foundation of Greater Kansas City to learn more about the city’s non-profit sector. Then it was on to the City of Mission to meet with seven women who serve as local government and civic leaders. Another stop this past fall was at Union Station to hear about the power of visionary leadership. Curriculum topics for the second part of the year include fundraising and fiduciary responsibility, non-profit board readiness, and continued leadership assessments and skill building. Program materials include a training session from the Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership and two leadership books, Finding the Leader in You and Skirt Strategies: 249 Success Tips for Women in Leadership.
League Sustainers serving as advisors: Diane Johnson, Audrey Langworthy, Georgia Lynch, Jan Marcason, Yvette Miceli, Betsey Solberg, and Jeanne Sosland. They are sharing their input, connections and historical reference as both valued League members and respected community volunteers.
The goal of the year-long curriculum is the development of a personal leadership plan, which will be the roadmap for the member’s transition from active years in the League to community and civic leadership. The Civic Leadership class closes a gap in our curriculum for training volunteers and will serve as a pipeline from the League to the community. Enrollment for the 2014-2015 class opens this spring.