To build better businesses, organizations and communities, effective leaders must have knowledge and understanding of how to exercise leadership. Lead Derby is a program designed to teach people leadership skills that can be used in all areas of life - business, organizations, church, school and family.

A diverse group of up to 20 people will be selected to participate. Participants must agree to attend all sessions and come with an open mind to learn and grow for the benefit of all participants.

Members of the Derby Chamber of Commerce can send any employee to Lead Derby for a reduced tuition rate of $300 per person. Tuition for all others is $425. Tuition can be paid by a business, organization or individual and includes Your Leadership Edge book and materials.

The Kansas Leadership Center provides curriculum and resources for Lead Derby. Current and past Lead Derby participants have access to KLC classes and conferences at reduced or no cost.

Years of study and research by Kansas Leadership Center faculty has shown leaders of today must possess a number of skills and competencies to be effective at exercising leadership.  These skills are valuable for any relationship, whether it be co-workers, committees, boards, organizations or in the classroom. Lead Derby class members will learn how to:

• Work effectively with others in order to make progress on an issue, project or goal.
• Make good decisions by recognizing competing values and different points of view.
• Deal with conflict by understanding challenges, uncertainty and potential loss.
• Identify behaviors in others and in yourself that could affect the outcome of a situation.  
• Distinguish the difference between technical and adaptive work.
• Behave professionally by identifying strengths, vulnerabilities and triggers.
• Identify the difference between leadership and management.

Leadership Challenge:
All participants will be asked to identify a leadership challenge that is important to them for the purpose of applying their learning to a real issue they'd like to make progress on. Participants will receive more information about how to prepare for the leadership challenge prior to the first session.

Lead Derby class members will be exposed to all areas of the Derby community to gain a better understanding of the challenges that exist and how each individual can make a difference by exercising leadership at any time, any place, anywhere.

For additional information, contact the Derby Chamber of Commerce at (316) 788-3421.

2019 Course Schedule

Course Times: 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Class # 1 - Wednesday, February 6

Class # 2 - Wednesday, February 20
Class # 3 - Wednesday, March 6
Class # 4 - Wednesday, March 20
Class # 5 - Wednesday, April 3
Class # 6 - Wednesday, April 17

Presenting Partners

Upcoming Events

Lead Derby Alumni

Kristy Bansemer - City of Derby
Lindsi Berry - Derby Chamber of Commerce
Heather Bohaty - Derby Public Schools
Jason Bradshaw - City of Derby
Amy Bruso - Derby Chamber of Commerce
Jason Carlson, Meritrust Credit Union

Katie Carlson - Derby Public Schools
Amy Cline - Meritrust Credit Union

Emily Conner - Friends University
Rhonda Cott - Derby Informer

Kate Crafton - Midwest Single Source
Neal Crowell - MedExpress Urgent Care
Suzan Crowell - Mid-America Orthopedics
Ashley Dalian - Midwest Single Source

Mike Day - City of Derby
Lindsay Dearduff - Shelter Insurance

Cori Dodds - Derby Public Library
Chris Drum - Derby Recreation Center

Nicholas Engle - New York Life
Margaret Fritzler - INTRUST Bank
K.J. Jeffery - Bank of the West
Sgt. Kevin Jones - Derby Police Department
Brenda Knipfer - Verus Mortgage Group

Chris Mann - Robert's Overdoors Inc.
Justin Larkin - Farmers Insurance

Staci McDade - Capitol Federal Savings
Nakita Menefee - Credit Union of America
Sharon Miklos - Stress Busters Therapeutic Massage
BreAnna Monk - Derby Senior Center
Marisa Mora - Fidelity Bank
Alex Nelsen - Derby Dental Care
Dr. Brent Nelsen - Derby Dental Care
Andrew Nelson - Chick-fil-A

Kristy Norman - Derby Public Library
Darcie Parkhurst - Derby Recreation Commission

Megan Pater - City of Derby
Chris Poirier - Derby Police Department
Shauna Pugh - Derby Public Schools

Dana Quigley - Dennis Insulation
Skyeler Reynolds - Derby Fire Department
Karensa Schiffel - Derby Police Department
Janae Springer - City of Derby
Mark Staats, Derby Chamber of Commerce
Elizabeth Stanton - Keller Williams Hometown Partners

Bretta Stark - Derby Dental Care
Kevin Ulwelling - Midwest Single Source, Inc.

Jenny Webster - Fidelity Bank
Harmony Williams - Living Water Church