D.J. Whetter | Director of Custom Programs & Teacher
D.J. serves as the Director of Custom Programs for the Kansas Leadership Center and is a member of the core teaching team. He oversees creation and delivery of leadership development for businesses and organizations within the state of Kansas and around the world. His aspiration is for more companies and organizations to create healthy and productive cultures well positioned to make measurable progress on the challenges that limit growth, prosperity, and global impact. That purpose has allowed him to teach and partner on leadership development in communities across the state, as well as with KLC partners in Israel, India, Australia, the United Kingdom and beyond.
His background in broadcast journalism and sports reporting anchors his belief that curiosity, and a search for the story that no one else is telling, are keys to making progress on our toughest challenges.
D.J. graduated from the University of Kansas with degrees in political science and broadcast journalism. He spent 10 years in ministry with the ELCA Lutheran Church at Holy Cross in Overland Park. Before that, he anchored the 10 p.m. sportscast for 6-News Lawrence for five years. D.J. lives in Lenexa with his wife, Lori, their daughter, Addison, son Parker and their dog, Wrigley (yes…D.J. and Lori are Cubs fans). Aside from a love of all sports Chicago and the Jayhawks, D.J. loves to travel, play famous golf courses really poorly, and coach his kids in baseball and softball.