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March 2012 News Releases

Kansas Leadership Center President Ed O’Malley to give keynote address at Leadership Challenge Banquet, March 29

The second annual Leadership Challenge Event® (LCE) is March 29-30 at Washburn University. The LCE allows students to 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.

Ed O’Malley, president and CEO, Kansas Leadership Center, will be the keynote speaker at the LCE Banquet, which begins at 6:15 p.m., in the Bradbury Thompson Alumni Center, Washburn campus. O’Malley will speak at 7 p.m.

O’Malley spent four years as a state legislator, with a ringside seat for both effective and ineffective displays of civic leadership. To him, leadership is not a title, personality trait or workshop topic. Instead, it is an opportunity that people can grasp and choose to exercise in many different ways and venues. O’Malley sees his role – and that of the Kansas Leadership Center – as fostering an environment throughout Kansas that makes civic leadership opportunities accessible, possible and inspirational for Kansans of all ages and from all walks of life.

The LCE is the first of its kind and has taken root at Washburn University with the planning of 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