Leadership Norton County to Re-Launch in August

Now Accepting Applications for First Class

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Norton, Kansas, June 2021 – Leadership Norton County is now accepting applications for its first class, scheduled to begin in August 2021. The program, which previously ran from 1999-2016, is re-launching after a 5-year hiatus and programmatic restructuring. Planning committee members include representatives from the following organizations: Norton County Community Foundation, Norton Area Chamber of Commerce, Norton County Attorney’s Office, Norton City/County Economic Development, K-State Research and Extension, and Norton County Hospital.
The program will run from August-May (excluding the month of December) and will consist of 7 full-day sessions that include leadership education and local tours/speakers. Curriculum for the leadership education will be taught by Kansas Leadership Center (KLC) facilitators and will cover four competencies: Diagnose Situation, Manage Self, Energize Others, and Intervene Skillfully. Additional facilitations will be led by K-State Research & Extension, Kansas Agriculture and Rural Leadership, and Betty Johnson.
In addition to these full-day sessions, the Leadership Norton County program will include participation in the 2-day Your Leadership Edge training at the KLC in Wichita, and a graduation reception in May.
Program Outline (Subject to Change): 
August 2021
  • Leadership Education: Team Building
  • Session Highlights: Program Introduction & Orientation facilitated by KLC
September
  • Leadership Education: Diagnose Situation (KLC Competency)
  • Session Highlights: Parliamentary Procedure (Facilitated by K-State Research & Extension); Civic Government
October
  • Leadership Education: Manage Self (KLC Competency)
  • Session Highlights: Know Yourself (Enneagram Facilitator); Local Healthcare
November
  • Leadership Education: Energize Others (KLC Competency)
  • Session Highlights: Education
January 2022
  • Leadership Education: Intervene Skillfully (KLC Competency)
  • Session Highlights: Economic Diversity; Community Asset Mapping
February 
  • Leadership Education: Conflict Management (Facilitated by KARL)
  • Session Highlight: Agriculture
March
  • Leadership Education: Strategic Doing (Facilitated by Betty Johnson)
  • Session Highlights: Project/Program organizing and planning; Volunteerism
April
  • “Your Leadership Edge” Program at Kansas Leadership Center, 2-Day Session in Wichita
May
  • Reception
Leadership Norton County has four main objectives: To establish a network of present and potential leaders; To give upcoming and current leaders an opportunity for personal leadership growth and experience; To teach Strategic Doing and identify opportunities in Norton County; and To gain a deeper understanding of Norton County.
Class size is limited to 12 participants. Upon acceptance to the class, the tuition fee is $150 payable by August 19, 2021. Applications can be found online at www.discovernorton.com/leadership-norton and must be received at the Norton Area Chamber of Commerce office by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, July 12, 2021. Class participants will be announced by Friday, July 16, 2021.
Funding is provided through the Dane G. Hansen Foundation’s Community Leadership Program initiative, and Norton City/County Economic Development.
For more information, please visit: www.discovernorton.com/leadership-norton or contact Donna Eastman Liddle at 785.877.2501 or nortoncc@ruraltel.net; or Tara Vance at 785.874.5106 or tara@nortonccf.org.
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Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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