KC Chamber’s Centurions Leadership Program is now accepting applications
Date: January 24, 2013
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KC Chamber’s Centurions Leadership Program is now accepting applications and hosting informational sessions throughout the metro The Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce’s Centurions program is currently accepting applications now through June 3, 2013. Interested professionals around the Greater Kansas City region can attend upcoming informational sessions or recruiting socials to learn more about the program. Centurions is a two-year program focused on building community awareness through civic opportunities and on community issues that affect Greater Kansas City. The mission is to prepare a representative cross-section of the community’s emerging leaders for their role in shaping the future of Greater Kansas City. Task forces include topics such as politics and elections, the history of Kansas City, tourism, sports, and health and wellness. “Centurions is one of the premier programs of the KC Chamber,” said Jim Heeter, president and chief executive officer of the KC Chamber. “Members of the incoming class will find themselves in the good company of some of our community’s key leaders and will have a vital role in the future of Kansas City.” Centurions recognize that leadership means giving back to others. Each class participates in a legacy project, leaving the community better than Centurions found it. In 2012-2013, Learn, Grow, Give resulted in the construction of a living classroom that produced food for donation to people in need. Other projects since 2007 include a scholarship fund at Metropolitan Community College, “adoption” of MLK Elementary, and a Habitat for Humanity home. Centurions alumni traditionally raise funds for the active class’ project through the Centurions Legacy Golf Tournament. “For me, Centurions was a unique, eye-opening opportunity to learn more about the complex issues facing metropolitan Kansas City, to appreciate the breadth of community service organizations that serve the metro, and to get involved in causes and programs that matter,” said Dan Cranshaw, partner with Lathrop & Gage, LLP, member of the KC Chamber Board of Directors and Centurions Class of 2011. “More than that, Centurions exposed me to new friends and colleagues outside of my typical circle, creating new relationships and business opportunities. I highly recommend the program.” "Over the last two years I have grown professionally and personally from the friendships, knowledge and access provided through Centurions," said Tricia Jaworski, account director at Morningstar Communications, Centurions Class of 2013. "This experience has allowed me to view my hometown in new ways and gain perspective from individuals in many different industries." Learn all about the ins and outs of the Centurions program at the following events for prospective participants: Recruiting Social Tuesday, February 12, 5:30-7:00 p.m. Kill Devil Club-61 E 14th Street, Kansas City, MO 64105
Information Session Friday, February 22, 12:00-1:00 p.m. Cerner-2850 Rockcreek Parkway, North Kansas City, MO 64117
Recruiting Social Tuesday, March 12, 5:00-7:00 p.m. More details coming soon.
Information Session Thursday, March 28, 8:00-9:00 a.m. Community America Credit Union-9777 Ridge Drive, 1st floor Lenexa, KS
Recruiting Social and Awards Reception Tuesday, April 9, 5:30-8:00 p.m. KC Chamber Board Room in Union Station-30 W. Pershing Road Kansas City, MO 64108
Information Session Thursday, April 25, 12:00-1:00 p.m. Commerce Bank- 1000 Walnut, 18th floor, Kansas City, MO 64106
Information Session Thursday, May 9, 12:00-1:00 p.m. Arrowhead Stadium Penthouse-One Arrowhead Drive, Kansas City, MO 64129
Women’s Forum Spring 2013-more details coming soon To register for any of these events and for more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (816) 374-5455. Application Criteria
Centurions is open to anyone whose employer is a member of the KC Chamber. Applicants are selected on the basis of proven professional success and community engagement, as demonstrated through a written application, recommendations, and personal interviews. The program selects a group of men and women from diverse ethnic and professional backgrounds, each with strong potential as a future community leader. About Centurions Established in 1976, KC Chamber’s Centurions Leadership Program was the first of its kind in Greater Kansas City. Over time, the Centurions program has developed the reputation as an unequaled training ground for future Kansas City leaders. Alumni of the program go on to serve on nonprofit boards, run for public office, and otherwise step into leadership roles in the interest of making Greater Kansas City a great place to live and work. Alumni include Mike Burke, partner at King Hershey and co-chair of the Mayors’ Bi-State Innovations Team; Kansas City, Missouri 3rd District Councilman Russ Johnson; Andre Butler, CEO of Heart to Heart International; Hon. Terri Harmon, member of the Lee’s Summit R-7 School Board; Kelly Jander, executive director of Hello Art; Tyrone Flowers, founder of Higher M-Pact; and Mary Heinrich, vice president at Fleishman Hillard, Inc., recipient of KC Chamber’s ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award. Centurions alumni who now serve on KC Chamber’s Board of Directors include Dan Cranshaw, partner at Lathrop & Gage LLP; Rick Kahle, president – employee benefits division at Lockton Benefit Companies; and Ora Reynolds, president of Hunt Midwest Real Estate Development, Inc. A longer list of alumni and a complete list of active Centurions is available online at www.centurions.org. The deadline for Centurions applications is June 3, 2013. To obtain an application for this dynamic leadership program, please visit www.centurions.org.
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