LEADership Coaching for Reno County program attracts diverse group of participants

LEADership Coaching for Reno County program attracts diverse group of participants

Thirty-two representatives from 26 nonprofit and for-profit organizations are participating in a new community coaching initiative.

Over three highly interactive, virtual sessions on April 14, May 12 and June 9, the LEADership Coaching for Reno County participants, who were chosen through an application process, will learn the four fundamental coaching skills, develop their coach’s stand and utilize the LEAD model to engage in coaching conversations. Participants will improve their understanding of how and when to use coaching skills; gain more tools for staying curious and providing support to colleagues and partners on adaptive challenges; create an environment that leads to trusting relationships across sectors in the community; and cultivate a culture of experimentation and learning in a collaborative atmosphere.

The intention of the effort — a partnership between the Kansas Leadership Center, United Way of Reno County and Hutchinson Community Foundation — is to increase the number of people in the community who not only understand Kansas Leadership Center principles and competencies but who will also apply them regularly to achieve greater impact in Hutchinson and Reno County.

“The leadership on entrenched community challenges is difficult, risky work. And it is even harder without a good coach in your corner,” said Julia Fabris McBride, KLC’s vice president and developer of the coach training program. “I love what this project represents. KLC applauds the United Way of Reno County and Hutchinson Community Foundation for their vision and all the participants for their commitment to develop these new skills. With more people in the community prepared to coach, even more people will be ready to step up and lead.”

Participants and their organizations are Kristen M. Armstrong, Shepherd Elder Law, BrightHouse board of directors and Hutchinson Human Relations Commission; Sarah Blake, Hutchinson Community Foundation; Father J. Ted Blakley, Grace Episcopal Church; Melanie Block, Amy Bretz and Denice Gilliland-Burbank, United Way of Reno County; Laurie Carr, Reno County Health Department; Candace Davidson, Hutchinson YMCA; Donna Davis, BrightHouse; Kail Denison, USD 308 Board of Education, Boy Scouts of America; Seth Dewey, Reno County Health Department; Tammy Gilley, Buhler USD 313; Lisa Gleason, United Way of Reno County; Charles Johnston, Brain Shards; Kristen Jones, Tyson Foods; Rebekah Starkey Keasling, City of Hutchinson; Shawna Lynne Logue, The Salvation Army; Kari Mailloux, Hutchinson Community Foundation; Lenard Maxwell, United Methodist Church; Mimi Meredith, Cosmosphere; Randy Partington, Reno County; Lance Patterson, Boys and Girls Clubs of Hutchinson; Shawna Pittser, Hutchinson Correctional Facility; Natasha D. Russell, Hutchinson Public Library; Val Shober, Early Education Center; David Sotelo, City of Hutchinson; Lacy Stauffacher, Interfaith Housing & Community Services; Jackson Swearer, StartUp Hutch; Debra Teufel, Hutchinson/Reno County Chamber of Commerce; Libertee Thompson, Reno County Community Corrections/Drug Court; Starla Wells, United Way of Reno County; and Don Wilkins, Reno County Community Corrections.