We are proud to announce that KLC alumnus Matt O’Malley of Pittsburg, Kansas is this year’s winner of the Ron Alexander Scholarship.

Each year, in honor of Senior Associate Ron Alexander, the Kansas Leadership Center offers a full scholarship for the Teach Leadership Intensive to an individual who is “vividly working to improve their community but has limited funds for professional development.”

Along with the other 34 participants in his cohort (our largest to date!), Matt completed the first half of the program on Friday. Asked about the opportunity, he had this to say:

“This training is important for me because I want to position myself to share what I have learned, and continue to learn, from KLC to be more effective at developing leaders in southeast Kansas. Completing the Teach Leadership Intensive will increase my understanding of the KLC framework and give me the confidence to be a better teacher when sharing these concepts with the multiple community organizations I am associated with.”

Matt O’Malley is community liaison with Live Well Crawford County in Pittsburg. He has previously attended KLC’s Lead for Change and Equip to Lead programs. Active in civic life, Matt is chair of the Eat Well Food Policy Council and a member of KLC’s Civic Engagement Advisory Committee. He took part in the Kansas Beats the Virus project.

Congrats and thanks for exercising leadership as an activity to strengthen your community and to build the civic culture of Kansas, Matt! #Onward!

(Oh, and in case you were wondering, there is no relation to KLC president and CEO Ed O’Malley . . .)

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