2020 Leadership Olathe Application

More Than 30 Years of Building Community Leadership
A program of the Olathe Chamber of Commerce

Application to Leadership Olathe is open to persons who have or are currently living, attending school or working in the Olathe area. Class participants are chosen by the Leadership Olathe Steering Committee based on the merits of the applicant and the information submitted in the following application. All candidates must have the full support of the organization or business, as Leadership Olathe requires a serious commitment of time and focus. Attendance at all sessions is mandatory. In reviewing the applications, Leadership Olathe looks for potential participants who demonstrate the following criteria:

  • A commitment and motivation to serve the community.
  • A demonstrated background of community involvement or a sincere commitment to become involved.
  • A history of leadership or evidence of potential leadership in one’s career, organization, or community.
  • The ability to make the time commitment required by the program.

The Leadership Olathe investment is $1,100 for chamber members; $1,500 for non-chamber members. Limited scholarship funds are available for those in need who meet tuition assistance guidelines and criteria. The scholarship request form must be completed and submitted with the application to be considered for financial assistance. The scholarship request form can be found at www.olathe.org. Tuition includes meals, materials, meeting space and transportation when appropriate. In order to be considered for selection, all nominees must complete the following application. However, completing this application does not guarantee selection.

For this application to be deemed eligible, all questions must be answered and include appropriate designated signatures. In addition, you are required to submit two letters of recommendation with this application. This completed application must be received no later than Friday, November 8, 2019 . Candidates will be announced by December 13, 2019.

Please read all instructions carefully. If you have any questions, please contact Beth Felski at bafelski@gmail.com.

I. Contact Information

II. Employment / Education

High SchoolSome CollegeCollegeGraduate SchoolDoctorateOther

III. You and Your Community

Complete these sentences:

G. List any volunteer political, social, civic, or religious organizations in which you are currently active:

YesNoPossibly in the future

IV. Purpose

V. References

Please list two persons who are knowledgeable about your leadership performance and potential. Submit a letter of recommendation from each of the persons listed below with your application.


VI. Commitment

Attendance at all Leadership Sessions is mandatory. Please refer to Program Schedule.

VII. Community Engagement Liaisons

(Leadership Olathe Alumni) are available to offer ideas and recommendations on how you can get involved in the community. This is a great opportunity to expand your network with very minimal time commitment.




Applicant Signature

With my signature, I swear that all statements in this application are true. I understand the purpose of Leadership Olathe and if I am selected, I will devote the time and resources necessary to complete the program. I further understand that my attendance at all sessions is mandatory. I also understand the above commitments and agree to be bound to them by signing this application. If selected, I will arrange to pay in full or make payment arrangements for my Leadership Olathe tuition no later than January 31, 2018.