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Annual Leadership Challenge Event Now Has Two Title Sponsorships

12/04/14 07:12 am CST
"We are thrilled that Westar Energy and Capitol Federal® Foundation are supporting the Leadership Challenge Event in such as significant way"

Washburn University students, faculty and staff involved in the fifth annual Leadership Challenge Event™ are excited to announce that two sponsors have stepped up to be title sponsors this year.

Westar Energy and Capitol Federal® Foundation each have committed $10,000 to the Leadership Challenge Event.

“We are thrilled that Westar Energy and Capitol Federal® Foundation are supporting the Leadership Challenge Event in such as significant way,” said Michael Gleason, director of the Washburn Univeristy Leadership Institute. “The funds these organizations have committed will allow us to make the fifth anniversary of the Leadership Challenge Event the best to date. We anticipate this year’s event drawing the largest group of participants ever, and our enrollment is nearly full. Clearly there is a demand for an event of this type, and Westar Energy and Capitol Federal® Foundation, along with the many other sponsors and volunteers, help us meet that demand.”

Capitol Federal® Foundation has been a title sponsor of the real-time leadership simulation competition since it began. With their commitment, and addition of Westar’s title sponsorship, the Leadership Challenge Event will surely continue to grow.

“The Leadership Challenge Event brings the best of the best from Kansas high schools and colleges as well as across the nation to compete. The event continues to grow and provide a rewarding experience for all participants. Capitol Federal® Foundation is proud to support our future leaders with this unique opportunity,” said Tammy Dishman, president Capitol Federal® Foundation.

“Developing leaders for tomorrow’s workplace is critical,” said Michel’ Cole, vice president, corporate communications and public affairs at Westar. “We’re delighted that many of our employees are Washburn graduates, and we’re hopeful, through our sponsorship of this program, that many students today become Westar professionals tomorrow.”

The co-title sponsorship provided by these two organizations will allow the Leadership Institute not only to grow in terms of participant numbers, but also explore opportunities that will take the Leadership Challenge Event to the next level. One of these opportunities is the addition of electronic judging, which will provide volunteers with a more seamless experience in facilitating the event.

Team applications are now available for the fifth annual Leadership Challenge Event, to be held April 9 and 10 in Topeka. In addition, students planning the event are currently recruiting the approximately 150 volunteers crucial to the facilitation of the event.

The annual simulation competition is designed, planned and hosted by students in the Washburn University Leadership Institute. A core team of 18 students and an estimated 150 volunteers are involved in the effort. At Washburn, planning and executing the LCE is the leadership challenge.

The competition will bring together teams of five – in college and high school divisions – who will all be presented the same scenario and judged on their decision-making, time management, communication and more. High school students on the winning team are offered scholarships to Washburn, should they choose to attend. All winning teams receive plaques and medallions.

For more information about the Leadership Challenge Event, please visit http://www.washburn.edu/lce.

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university relations

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