Happy Holidays, or Taking Stock of 2019

Happy Holidays from KLC

It’s been an eventful year here at KLC. We carried out a 27-stop state tour and hosted many of you at our first-ever Big Tent Event. We celebrated the 10th Anniversary of the four Competencies of Leadership, defined a new Path to Leadership for KLC programs, and published a companion publication, the KLC Guidebook, to chart the path of progress in your leadership journeys. The Journal stepped onto a larger stage, clinching state and national awards and holding magazine discussion events. We expanded our civic engagement efforts, including the creation of a new Civic Engagement Advisory Committee, and launched Avanzando Juntos, our Spanish language leadership workshops. We began selling resources, publications and merchandise in our online Store. Third Floor Research completed three of four powerful studies (look for announcements, reports and events in 2020).

And, let’s not forget our bread and butter – we facilitated programs as far afield as Jerusalem, Israel and Bangalore, India, and hit a record for program enrollment, with more than 2,200 people attending leadership programs in 2019, up more than 25% from 2018.

Yet no year-end recap, however brief or breezy, can leave out the year’s singular tragedy, the indescribable and untimely loss of our dear friend, Director of Business Initiatives Thomas Stanley.

As we reflect on the passing of another year, filled with milestones as well as mourning and loss, we consider the many people for whom we feel thankful. Most of all, we are grateful for you, the Kansans who are exercising leadership to make progress on tough challenges across this state. KLC’s mission to transform the civic culture of Kansas will only be possible with champions like you in the vanguard of this movement with us.

From all of us at KLC, we wish you and yours a warm holiday season, filled with family, friends, fellowship, cheer and love.


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