Activate: Conference for Leadership Developers

June 21-23 in Wichita, KS

Register by May 15 and receive an official Activate T-shirt!

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Learn about innovative approaches to coach, manage, supervise and inspire a better leadership culture in your organization. Explore how to encourage smart risks to spur collaboration and profit. Understand some of the latest research on ROI.

Our cast of internationally known speakers and local practitioners from a variety of sectors will set the stage for your learning. You will also have the opportunity to apply what you’ve learned with others through breakout sessions and informal networking time.

This three-day event, June 21-23, in Wichita, KS, features:

• Discussions to help you integrate KLC leadership ideas in your teaching, coaching, consulting and training.
• Tracks and sessions for leadership coaches, community leadership program facilitators, college professors, consultants and researchers.
• Opportunities for small group discussion, networking, socializing and building connections in your field.

Diverse topics covered at the conference will include:

  • Teaching leadership when there’s only one person of color in the room (who may or may not be you).
  • Creating a culture of coaching in organizations.
  • Teaching leadership to people in poverty.
  • Researching leadership development programs.
  • Preparing people to exercise effective leadership from a position of authority.

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Keynote speakers

  • Reggie Robinson, Vice Chancellor for Public Affairs, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas; “Energizing Others at the Intersection of Leadership and Authority.” Thursday, 6:30 pm – Town Hall
  • Tim Steffensmeier, Ph.D., Director, Kansas Leadership Center Research Initiative, Wichita, Kansas; Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas; “Research Partnerships to Foster Innovation and Advance the Field of Leadership Development.” Friday, 8:30 am – Town Hall
  • Kaye Monk-Morgan, MPA, Assistant Dean of Students, Fairmount College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Wichita State University, Wichita, Kansas; “The Only One in the Room.” Friday, 1:15 pm – Town Hall
  • Miguel Jaramillo, Director, Business Development and Government Affairs, Integrated Roadways, Leawood, Kansas; “Think Big: Improving the Quality of Life through Smart Roads — a Shared Experiment in Opportunity, Risk and Leadership.” Friday, 3:15 pm – Town Hall
  • Maxime Fern, Executive Director, Vantage Point Consulting, Canberra, Australia; “Producing Yourself at the Front of the Room: Exploring the Magic, Longing, Fear, Authority, and Possibility.” Saturday, 9:00 am – Town Hall

Plenary Session – Saturday 1:00 – 2:15 pm – Konza Town Hall

  • You on the Hot SeatTeresa Schwab, KLC Associate; President, Arnavon Strategies LLC, with the KLC Leadership Coach Team


Breakout Sessions – Choose one – Friday 9:30 – 10:30 am

Roundtable Conversations – Friday 10:40 – 11:10 am, repeated 11:15 – 11:45 am

– Choose one or float from topic to topic. KLC Lobby unless otherwise noted.

Breakout Sessions – Friday 4:15 – 5:15 pm

Breakout Sessions – Saturday 11:15 am – 12:30 pm

  • Leadership Embodied
    Sheersty Stanton, Project Management Consultant
    Brittany Crabtree, Senior Strategist, jones huyett Partners
    Introduction by Greg Meissen, KLC Associate; Professor of Psychology, Wichita State University
  • Experiential Methods for Leadership Education
    Paul Duba, Principal and Owner, Point-B Coaching
    Gina Maree Bonfiglio-Speer, KLC Core Teaching Team; President, Innovative Leadership Strategies, LLC
    Introduction by Joyce McEwen Crane, KLC Core Teaching Team; Strategic Development Coordinator Wichita State University, Community Engagement Institute
  • Research: Prioritizing Initial Studies
    Moderated by Tim Steffensmeier, Ph.D., Director, Kansas Leadership Center Research Initiative; Kansas State University
  • Provocation and Disturbance: Are they Necessary for Leadership Education?
    Michael Johnstone, Co-Foundation and Executive, Director, Vantage Point Consulting
    Introduction by Lalo Munoz, KLC Core Teaching Team; Executive Director, El Centro of Topeka

Register today

We expect Activate to sell out, so reserve your spot today by registering here. Cost is $395 per person.

Research pre-conference

Interested in KLC’s effort to establish a global research initiative focused on leadership development? Join us for a pre-conference June 21. For more information, contact Tim Steffensmeier at

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Information about travel and lodging

Questions? Contact Shelley Hansel at 316-712-4961 or complete this form.