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March 2012 News Releases

Washburn University Leadership Institute to host annual Leadership Challenge Event, March 29-30

The Washburn University Leadership Institute will host the second annual Leadership Challenge Event® (LCE) at Washburn University. On March 29 and 30, student teams from Kansas, Nebraska, Missouri and Illinois will travel to Topeka to participate in a leadership conference and an all-day leadership simulation.

Students will partake in a half-day leadership conference on the Thursday where they will learn valuable and applicable skills that they will apply that day and Friday. Friday is a unique leadership competition where student teams perform leadership roles in addressing realistic situations and experiences in a simulated work environment.

There are two divisions in the LCE, high school and college. There are overall winners in both divisions as well as winners in communication and team collaboration. The overall high school winners are awarded scholarships from Washburn University and the college team is awarded savings bonds.

The LCE is the first of its kind and has taken root at Washburn University with the planning of the Washburn University Leadership Institute. With the direction of a student leader, Shea Kirsop, of Lyndon, and the generous support of the Topeka community, the LCE is a pillar for Washburn as well as the Washburn University Leadership Institute.

The Washburn University Leadership Institute strives to develop students into ethical, caring and diverse leaders prepared to immediately assume leadership roles in today’s changing society by cultivating the study of leadership and facilitating transformational learning experiences designed to challenge, motivate and inspire future leaders.

For more information about the LCE, contact Daphne Phillips, student director of community and alumni, Washburn University Leadership Institute, at (785) 865-6182 or

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Amanda Hughes, university relations, (785) 670-2153