Emerging Leaders Executive Training (ELET) 2017

Emerging Leaders Executive Training

ACEC of Kansas is excited to announce the 2017 Session of the Emerging Leaders Executive Training (ELET)! The program is for graduates of the ACEC of Kansas Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) who are committed to expanding their knowledge and developing their leadership abilities to create opportunities both in their career and company.

There are two modules included in the 2017 Session: Creating a Culture of Excellence and Expanding our Ability to Effectively Communicate through Stengths Based Teams, Coaching, and Adaptive Leadership.

Both modules are included in the cost of registration.

As with all ACEC activity, the focus of this program is entirely business.  This training will help improve your performance and business acumen.  There are few training options to be found anywhere with such a focused business approach, and most of those would normally require heading to Chicago, Atlanta, etc., and attending your training with people you will likely never see again.  ELET and the blue chip speakers that will be presenting will allow you the very best business growth opportunities right here in Kansas, tremendous networking opportunities among your peers, and will cost significantly less in travel and time.

Firms are welcome and encouraged to send multiple attendees.  Unlike ELP, where we limit it to one person per firm/per year, this training is a one-time-only program.  This ELET program and all succeeding programs will be entirely different.  This will be the only opportunity for each ELP grad to receive this specific training, so we hope firms will strongly consider having multiple ELP graduates attend.

Attendees must be a graduate of the ACEC of Kansas ELP program to participate, but are not required to still be employed with an ACEC of Kansas member firm.



 Creating a Culture of Excellence
Monday, May 22, 2017 (1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.) and
Tuesday, May 23, 2017 (9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.)

Holiday Inn Express
7580 West 135th Street
Overland Park, KS 66223


  • Creating a successful culture cannot be done by simply hiring/retaining good people.  There is a process and a plan that must be in place to ensure a culture of success.
  • Culture trumps strategy every time:  If your culture is not right, all the strategy in the world will not take you to the top.
  • If asked, could you positively identify your current vision and plan for quality and performance?  After you attend this session and implement these tools, that answer will always be “yes”.
  • Does your current culture work with equal effectiveness across all the different types of leaders in your firm?  We will show you how to make this answer “yes” as well.


Kathryn A. LeRoy, Ph.D., CQM/OE 

Kathryn LeRoy helps leaders build a culture of excellence. She brings a passion for innovation and excellence to every facet of her work. Kathryn focuses on leadership development and organizational design to support embracing quality and recognizing the value of change as a critical component of continuous improvement. Her expertise and experience

include executive coaching, strategic planning, leadership development, process management, benchmarking, performance measurement, and organizational assessments.

Kathryn received her Bachelor and Masters of Education degrees from the University of Houston and earned her Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Administration, focusing on quality management, from Texas A&M University. Kathryn is a senior member of the American Society for Quality and a Certified Quality Manager/Organizational Excellence. She has served as a senior examiner on the Baldrige Board of Examiners.

Expanding our Ability to Effectively Communicate through Strengths Based Teams,
Coaching, and Adaptive Leadership
Monday, June 26, 2017 (1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.) and
Tuesday, June 27, 2017 (9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.)

Hotel Phillip
106 West 12th Street

Kansas City, MO 64015


  • How we think about leadership influences how we practice leadership.  These sessions will provide you with an opportunity to think critically about your leadership education and leadership development.  
  • How confident are you in your ability to build and establish meaningful relationships with your co-workers, clients, and business partners?  Research shows that your inability to communicate and build relationships (caring, showing interest, fairness, demonstrating trustworthiness and understanding) will contribute to 45.3% of your derailment. 
  • Communication is the transfer of information and understanding.  How effective are we at communicating purpose or exercising leadership so those around us can thrive? 
  • To what extent does our form fit our function?  Are we aligned to tackle the challenges of tomorrow?  Do we see a distinction between leadership and authority? 
  • How do you keep your employees fully engaged in the change process?  How are you communicating change within your organizational culture?


Mike Finnegan, Ph.D.

Mike Finnegan, Ph.D is an Assistant Professor in the Staley School of Leadership Studies at Kansas State University.  Mike teaches Introduction to Leadership Concepts, Leadership in Practice and Senior Seminar.  He has delivered numerous keynote presentations and community leadership workshops on strengths-based leadership teams, adaptive leadership, and the ethical dimensions of leadership.  Most recently, Mike has teamed with his colleagues to develop and deliver content for the Coach Snyder Leadership Legacy Fellows Program following the 16 goals for Wildcat Success.  He is a co-author of, “Developing Knowledgeable, Ethical, Caring, and Inclusive Leaders.”      

Mike also served as the campus lead to integrate Gallup’s StrengthsQuest™ across K-State’s campus.  He still works closely with the strengths advocates’ student group to promote strengths development.  Mike believes students are the driving force behind institutional change on college campuses.  He is an advocate for experiential learning and continually seeks to provide opportunities for students to engage in service learning projects.  Mike believes leadership can be learned and views leadership as an activity that everyone, regardless of position, can exercise at any time.


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