YWCA looking at ways to develop women’s leadership

The YWCA of Topeka is exploring other types of women’s leadership training after graduating the first class from a program for managers and executives.

The program, called Women’s Leadership Momentum, involved six four-hour classes on leadership and strategies for the workplace, said Jan Michel, development director for the Topeka YWCA. Connie Russell, director of the Emerging Leaders Program in Kansas City, Mo., tailored the program to the personalities of the women in the group and also brought in speakers to share their experiences and ideas, she said.

The Momentum program targeted women who are senior managers, directors, partners and vice presidents in businesses or nonprofit groups, Michel said. It is part of the YWCA’s larger Women’s Leadership Academy, and subsequent programs under the academy could target women in different employment situations, offer a longer program or focus on different topics, she said.

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