Program Structure

The program consists of a two-day retreat, 8 full-day sessions between January and May, and a graduation luncheon in May. Sessions will focus on leadership competencies through training, discussions, interactive presentations, tours, and speakers. The sessions will cover key community challenges in such areas as quality of life, government, crime, economic development, community services, education, and health care.


21st Century Leadership Skills – learning styles, collaboration, consensus, facilitation, visioning, adaptive/technical leadership skills, and steps to a performing community.

Community Trusteeship – working for the common good of the whole community.


Leadership Greater Topeka requires attendance and participation in the orientation, two-day retreat and all class activities, sessions and luncheons. Session 1-8 will be from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. Only one excused absence (a total of nine hours) from Session 1-8 will be permitted. Class members can expect to spend up to 15 hours outside regular class times with assignments and class project implementation.


Leadership Greater Topeka challenges and motivates acknowledged and aspiring leaders by teaching adaptive leadership competencies through information, dialogue and hands-on experience, so participants are better prepared to strengthen and transform our communities in Topeka and Shawnee County.


Our community leverages adaptive leadership to improve the quality of life for all in Topeka and Shawnee County.


LGT is committed to the relentless pursuit of equitable leadership capacity building that embraces diversity and expands belonging and inclusion for all.


Leadership Greater Topeka brings together a broad cross-section of both acknowledged and aspiring leaders from every corner of the community for an annual community leadership training course to develop leadership with varied backgrounds and vocations, who will wrestle with the challenges facing our community.

Program Goals

The following are the program goals for 2024 through 2027.


Educate on adaptive leadership

  • Strengthen our engagement with klc
  • Explore multiple perspectives
  • Experiment with adaptive leadership concepts in a safe and trusting environment


Exhibit leadership in the community

  • Effectively utilize adaptive leadership concepts
  • Take appropriate leadership risks towards the betterment of the community
  • Promote the shared language of adaptive leadership
  • Cultivate a network within the lgt community


Engage in leadership

  • Promote Topeka- Shawnee county from a position of leadership
  • Engage in sharing adaptive leadership concepts with others
  • Encourage dialogue from a position of respect and trust
  • Commit to mobilize change

LGT Advisory Council

Debbie Davis, Chair

Tracy Khounsavanh Killough, Past Chair

Appointed Alumni

Lance Royer

Tracy Khounsavanh Killough

Katie Beach

LGT Representatives

Tracy Khousavanh Killough
Lance Royer
Debbie Stanton
Tara Wallace
Katie Beach
Jessica Savard
Jovy George
Jennifer Goetz
Sarah Lundry
Marcus Miller
Lauren Edelman
Karina Dixon
Renee Franklin
Adrian Revels
Marisol Marcelo
Matt Pivarnik