Leadership Olathe


Mission Statement

Improve and strengthen individuals and the Olathe community by identifying, inspiring, and engaging those persons who have displayed a capacity for leadership and providing a means for directing participant involvement into community leadership roles.

Leadership Olathe Information

Length of Program: Eight full-day sessions begin in January and continue through May.
Selection Basis: Approximately 25-30 applicants are accepted into the program annually.
Cost: Tuition is $1000 for members, $1200 for non-members and $500 for schools who nominate a student. Partial tuition scholarships are available. Tuition includes materials, food and beverage, and may include transportation when appropriate.
See what people are saying about Leadership Olathe:
“...My participation in Leadership Olathe has provided me with a lifelong learning experience which has proven to be a valuable asset in developing my community service, leadership and involvement. This program provides an educational experience in both community leadership and practical business management. Through the Leadership Olathe program I have developed lifelong friendships and established strategic business relationships.” —Harlan Parker, Harlan Parker State Farm Insurance
“The Leadership Olathe program was a great experience. It is a fantastic way to meet other business leaders in Olathe and learn more about how our city operates. We were provided a wide range of information that we would not have had access to on our own. I highly encourage all Olathe business leaders to participate in this program!”
—Mimi Eckart, Capital Federal Savings
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A program of the Olathe Chamber of Commerce Foundation Fund. Scholarships funded by the Olathe Chamber of Commerce Foundation Fund.

Leadership Olathe Alumni Association

Click here for a list of upcoming Leadership Olathe Aliumni events!The Olathe Chamber of Commerce has prepared hundreds of Olatheans to better serve their community via its Leadership Olathe program. Now, through the formation of the Leadership Olathe Alumni Association, the Chamber hopes to pool the talent, wisdom, skills and manpower of these graduates to further benefit the community.
The Chamber’s Leadership Olathe Alumni Association (LOAA) is open to anyone who has completed the Leadership Olathe program since its inception in 1982. LOAA’s vision is to serve as the catalyst for progressive and effective leadership in the community through community outreach & leadership opportunities, networking & mentoring, education & training.
Now available: Download your copy of the 2014 Leadership Olathe Alumni Directory!
One of the main purposes of Leadership Olathe Alumni Association is to connect trained, committed volunteers with civic and community organizations that need leaders. Stay involved in your community by volunteering.
Here are some great links to get you started:
  • City of Olathe
  • Volunteer Center of Johnson County
  • Johnson County Human Services
  • (non-elected board opportunities) United Way agencies
  • Johnson County Community
  • (as a senior adult) Other local not-for-profits
  • Johnson County Community
  • (appointed and/or elected positions) State Boards and/or Commissions
  • Heartland Habitat for Humanity
  • Olathe Public Library
  • Discover more opportunities Olathe Parents in Education
  • Training Opportunities Volunteer Opportunity
  • K-State Olathe Professional Development Olathe Citizens Police Academy
Leadership Olathe Alumni Association (LOAA) Steering Committee:
  • Chairman: Matt Smith, expiring June 30, 2015
  • Secretary: Emily Baker, expiring June 30, 2015
Term: July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2015
Class of 2015
  • Emily Baker
  • Karin Brownlee
  • Mary Kay Crall
  • Keith Hughes
  • Jennifer Mehnert
Term: July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2016
Class of 2016
  • Cody Kennedy
  • Brandy Hodge
  • Moira Holland
  • Matt Smith
  • Shannon Wickliffe
Ex-officio members:
  • Olathe Chamber President: Tim McKee
  • Chamber Staff: Beth Felski