Speaker Date Topic
Gary Roberts May 22, 2018 12:00 PM
Motivational speaker, Corporate comedian, Internationally known magician
Motivational speaker, Corporate comedian, Internationally known magician
NO MEETING May 29, 2018
Cathy C. McClain, Dauntless Leadership Jun 05, 2018 12:00 PM
Warriors with Big Hearts
Warriors with Big Hearts

Cathy will share rare insights about Air Force members who live in our community and what is was like being a mom, wife, and commander leading warriors with big hearts into combat.

Cathy McClain's Air Force career spanned 25 years and offered her a myriad of leadership and coaching experiences, from commanding a KC-135 crew executing missions around the globe, to teaching Behavioral Sciences and Leadership at the United States Air Force Academy. Cathy commanded at the squadron, group and wing levels. She deployed as a group commander, leading combat flight operations into Iraq and also served as the commander of the Air Force's largest tanker wing, the 22nd ARW at McConnell AFB. Cathy culminated her military career at the Pentagon where she was the director of general officer promotions, assignments, and leadership development. Cathy then worked for Boeing, leading teams working on B-52 weapons systems and KC-46 air refueling software. Next, she served as an executive at Spirit AeroSystems, leading the Business and Regional Jet programs. Cathy is a Georgetown University-certified executive leadership coach. Her company, Dauntless Leadership, LLC promotes courageous and people-centered leadership. Cathy is Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Air Force Academy Association of Graduates. In her spare time, she serves as a reserve Emergency Medical Technician for Sedgwick County.


Shelley Hansel, Kansas Leadership Center Jun 12, 2018 12:00 PM
Spreading Leadership Skills to Kansas Communities
Spreading Leadership Skills to Kansas Communities

Shelley Hansel grew up in Wellington, KS, graduated from Wellington High School and went on to earn a Journalism Degree from the University of Kansas. She spent more than 20 years in television news and radio broadcasting.

Shelley moved back to her hometown to become the Executive Director of the Wellington Area Chamber of Commerce/CVB, a position she held for more than 12 years until deciding to run for Mayor. In May 2015, Shelley was sworn into office as the first female to be elected mayor of Wellington. Her term will last until January 2020. Shelley also serves as the current chairperson for the Regional Economic Area Partnership. (REAP)

In 2013, Shelley, along with several other community leaders launched the Sumner County Leadership Initiative community leadership program. The program, with the help of the Kansas Leadership Center, continues today and is now under the direction of the Sumner County Economic Development Commission.

Shelley was a member of the Leadership Kansas Class of 2013 and a graduate of the U.S. Chamber’s 2014 Institute for Organization Management.

She is an active member of the St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Wellington and has three children, Carson, 18, Elise, 15, and Vohn, 8.