lgt - alumni awards Gala

Leadership Greater Topeka is inviting the community to join them in celebrating the graduation of their 2023 class. This class is comprised of 40 aspiring and established leaders who have spent the past five months working together to gain new perspectives about their community, learn adaptive leadership concepts, and build a network to support their personal and professional goals. The celebration, taking place on Thursday, May 4th, will also honor local leaders who have made significant contributions to the community.

The 2023 honorees for leadership include:

Rising Star Award (2 recipients)

  • Kelly Rippel, RCIS Crop Adjuster – Zurich North America

  • Ryan Bishop, Digital Media Specialist – Stormont Vail Health

Activator Award (2 recipients)

  • Trey George, President and CEO – Topeka Housing Authority

  • Danielle Dempsey-Swopes, Director of University Diversity and Inclusion – Washburn University

Marsha Sheahan Legacy Award

  • Michel’ Philipp Cole, retired energy company executive – Evergy Inc.



Gala Awards – May 4, 2023.

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