Cindy Kelly | Communications Manager
As the Kansas Leadership Center’s communications manager, Cindy Kelly is responsible for executing communications and marketing efforts to advance key organizational initiatives, including leadership training, civic engagement, community partnerships, business development, research and publications. The KLC maintains a presence on many online platforms to engage with a broad audience, and Cindy keeps up with them all, synchronizing each one with a rhythm that keeps pace with our constant stream of activities and news.
Before joining the KLC, Cindy was an independent contractor managing online communications for clients in the non-profit, senior living, hospice, and hospitality industries. Prior to 2016 Cindy worked as communications coordinator with the Great Plains Conference of the United Methodist Church during their momentous transition from three organizations to one. Through the course of decades of employment ranging from advertising agencies to wholesale to serving as executive director of a worldwide industry association, Cindy has found the most joy when working with a group of people where her contribution is valued, and the team realizes a powerful vision together. She has a solid reputation as a connector and strategic problem-solver who can communicate vision while delivering excellence.
Wichita was Cindy’s home for about two decades before she left for France and Los Angeles, returning in 1996 with an abundance of education and experience. Currently she serves on the board of NonprofitGO and recently she stepped off board of the League of Women Voters Wichita-Metro where she continues to volunteer. In the past she has served on the boards of Wichita Professional Communicators, Kansas Interfaith Action, and the Music Theatre Wichita Guild.
Cindy earned a B.A. in International Studies and French from Wichita State University where she returned for graduate-level studies in human factors psychology and communications. She remains proficient in French and has basic skills in Spanish and Italian, so if you speak these languages around her, she may know what you’re saying. When she’s not working, you may find her boosting her serotonin with Duolingo or Pilates, taking in a live theatre production on a local stage, swing dancing with her life partner (Dave), traveling to visit her two adult children (Wella and Daniel) and friends spread out across the country and beyond, or enjoying the company of her aging chiweenie (Mathilda).