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Westar Energy and Capitol Federal Foundation sponsor Washburn’s 6th annual Leadership Challenge Event

11/30/15 10:11 am CST
"We’ve had great support from the community and we have seen a clear demand for an event of this type -- helping future leaders test the skills they learn both in high school and college classrooms"

Two local companies are continuing their sponsorship of Washburn University’s annual Leadership Challenge Event.  Westar Energy and Capitol Federal Foundation have each committed $10,000 to the sixth annual Leadership Challenge Event.

“We are thrilled that Westar Energy and the Capitol Federal Foundation are once again supporting the Leadership Challenge Event in such as significant way,” said Michael Gleason, director of the leadership institute.  “The funds these organizations have committed will allow us to expand the number of teams and make the sixth anniversary of the Leadership Challenge Event the best to date.”

Capitol Federal Foundation has been a title sponsor of the real-time leadership simulation competition since it began. This is the second year Westar Energy has committed to support the event at this level.

The competition brings 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.

Gleason noted that these two lead sponsorships give the program a great base of support, but that the Leadership Challenge Event also receives the support of many other sponsors and an entire cadre of volunteers.

“We’ve had great support from the community and we have seen a clear demand for an event of this type -- helping future leaders test the skills they learn both in high school and college classrooms,” Gleason said. 

“The Leadership Challenge Event brings the best of the best from Kansas high schools and from colleges across the nation to compete,” said Tammy Dishman, president of Capitol Federal Foundation.  “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”

Michel´ Cole, vice president, corporate communications and public affairs at Westar, agreed and noted that developing leaders for tomorrow’s workplace is critical.

“We’re delighted that many of our employees are Washburn graduates,” Cole said, “and we’re hopeful, through our sponsorship of this program, that many students today become Westar professionals tomorrow.”

Team applications are now available for the sixth annual Leadership Challenge Event, to be held March 31 and April 1 in Topeka.  Currently, twenty-five teams are registered for the event, which has capacity of thirty-five.  In addition, a core team of 21 students planning the event are currently recruiting the 150 volunteers critical to the event.

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



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