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Leadership Wyoming launches new alumni cohort experience — a four-month virtual program


Casper —Amid all the uncertainty facing leaders and the state today, Leadership Wyoming launched a new cohort experience for its alumni. The program, called Emerge, was announced in early May and quickly filled the 25 spots with leaders from across the state.

Emerge is a four-month virtual program that will cover the following: Leading in a VUCA Environment (Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity, and Ambiguity), Growing Your Capacity as a Leader, Issue Briefs (State Revenue, Education, and Healthcare), and Strategic Leadership Decisions.

The program boasts an incredible lineup of facilitators and speakers including:

  • John Kanengieter, Zero Point Consulting in Jackson, WY
  • Pat Hughes, author and consultant of Gracious Space, Seattle, WA
  • Rosie Berger, leadership coach and consultant, Big Horn, WY
  • Steve Smutko, Spicer Chair in Collaborative Practice, Laramie, WY
  • Michelle Sullivan, Director of Wyoming Afterschool Alliance, Sheridan, WY
  • Roger Herbert, Navy Seal Captain/Ethics Professor at US Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD
  • Luke Reiner, Director of WYDOT, Cheyenne, WY
  • Kent Noble, Bill Daniel’s Chair of Business Ethics at UW, Laramie, WY
  • Sheila Bush, Executive Director of Wyoming Medical Society, Cheyenne, WY
  • JJ Chen, Cheyenne Regional Medical Center Psychiatrist, Cheyenne, WYThe inaugural Emerge Program will be completed by an impressive group of Wyoming leaders from wide-reaching industries and communities, to include:
  • Anne Alexander, Professor/Associate Provost at UW, Laramie
  • Nick Bellack, Professional Educator Programs, Cheyenne
  • Rachel Chadderdon, Casper College Technical Training/Workforce, Casper
  • Cori Cosner-Burton, Executive Director at Mercer Family Resource Center, Casper
  • Josh Fuller, Chief Business Officer at Jorgensen Associates, Jackson
  • Jim Geesey, CEO Mountain West Farm Bureau, Laramie
  • Scott Hoversland, Director of Wyo. Community Development Authority, Casper
  • Josh Law, CEO of The Only Co., Sheridan
  • Susan Miller, Community Nonprofits, Sheridan
  • Renny MacKay, Policy Director to Office of the Governor, Cheyenne
  • Brian Nesvik, Director of Wyoming Game & Fish, Cheyenne
  • Dru (Bower) Palmer, Owner of DRU Consulting, Lander
  • Heidi Peterson, Exec. Director of Wyoming State Chamber, Laramie
  • Amy Pierson, 4th Grade Teacher and Wyoming Teacher of the Year in 2016, Buffalo
  • Matt Pope, President of Cheyenne Branch First Interstate Bank, Cheyenne
  • Joe Quiroz, Owner Goodroots Consulting, Lander
  • Kristi Racines, Wyoming State Auditor, Cheyenne
  • Craig Rood, Director of PR at Ciner Trona Mine, Green River
  • Korin Schmidt, Director of the Dept. of Family Services, Cheyenne
  • Leslie Shakespeare, Superintendent to BIA Wind River Agency, Ft. Washakie
  • Dusty Spomer, COO of T-O Engineers, Cody
  • Shawn Taylor, Executive Director Wyoming Electric Association, Cheyenne
  • Shane True, Partner at AB Resources, Casper
  • Thea True-Wells, Co-Owner Code Ninja Casper and True Companies, Casper
  • Lauretta Welch, Managing Partner at RSWB Law Firm, Jackson

Leadership Wyoming Executive Director Mandy Fabel shared about the Emerge cohort, “Leadership Wyoming knows our alumni are making hard decisions that will affect the trajectory of our communities and our state. We are excited for Emerge to be a sounding board and connection point for leaders as they walk through these uncertain times.”

Emerge Program Lead, John Kanengieter of Jackson, also commented, “This will be an incredible opportunity to connect leaders from across Wyoming and dive into hard conversations. Leadership Wyoming did an amazing job of standing up this dynamic and relevant curriculum for today’s leaders. I can’t wait to kickoff this program and have some fun.”

The Emerge Cohort will begin Monday, May 18th and will hold virtual weekly meetings for the next four months. Additional program details can be found on the Emerge Website:

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