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Leadership Academy

YWCA supports women’s empowerment and economic advancement, with a particular focus on the reality the way race impacts women’s economic opportunities. YWCAs across the United States serve more than 122,000 women annually with economic empowerment programs, such as job training, financial literacy, salary negotiation, and leadership development. In addition, our housing and childcare programs are strong foundations on which woman and families can build their financial futures.

YWCA Northeast Kansas is proud to offer two courses for women leaders at different stages in their careers.

Experienced leader looking to level up? Leadership Momentum is for entrepreneurs, middle managers, senior managers, directors, partners and vice presidents with direct experience leading people. This six-month course meets once a month.

New to leadership? Emerging Leaders is designed for women managers with six months to a year of experience in a supervisory role (new managers). This five-week program meets once a week for three-hour sessions.


Women’s Leadership Momentum

Designed for entrepreneurs, middle managers, senior managers, directors, partners and vice presidents with direct experience leading people Leadership Momentum is a 6-month program designed to accelerate professional growth, enhance self-awareness, improve personal and team performance.

This course is also very applicable for advanced students engaged in pursuing business administration and management or as continuing education development training.


  • Thought leaders, highly successful women from the region, speak at each session
  • Learning & leveraging political savvy
  • Negotiation styles and tactics
  • Developing and demonstrating strategic leadership skills
  • Building resilience and managing components of change process
  • Developing collaborative and effective relationships

Course Outline

  • Session One:  Building Your Leadership Path
  • Session Two: Political Savvy, Negotiation and Diversity Leadership
  • Session Three: Influence, Networks and Social Capital
  • Session Four: Strategic Thinking, Visioning and Innovation
  • Session Five: Leading Teams and Managing Change
  • Session Six: Executive Presence and Values Driven Leadership

Momentum Facilitator

Denise Mills is Founder and Chief Mindset Officer of LeaderFuel Now. Her company facilitates Executive Women’s round tables, manages networking groups, designs leadership development programs, and consults with over 50 internal women’s networks nationwide. She is passionate about issues surrounding women, leadership and life.

Internationally, Denise facilitates leadership programs for The US State Department to visiting women who hold the highest ranking political title or position in their respective country. She works with women (and men) to overcome stereotypes and cultural bias’ that limit their choices and reduce their effectiveness.

Honored as one of the most Influential Women in Kansas City, Denise’s style is very conversational, experiential and interactive. Organizations such as Toyota, Dupont and Honeywell have sought her out as she brings a wealth of knowledge and insight into each program she facilitates.

The monthly leadership topics, the one-on-one consultation on the results of my self-assessment, and the Action Learning projects all helped me to grow as a leader. Thank you YWCA for this unique opportunity! – Kim Savage, Westar Energy

Course Registration

The six-month course begins June 10, 2020 meeting monthly on the second Wednesday through November with enrollment limited to 25 participants.

Course Fee Schedule:

  • Regular Registration – Individual $3,000 per person
  • Group Registration (3 or more)    $2,500 per person

Download Registration Form

2020 Session Dates: 

June 10, July 15, August 19, September 16, October 14, November 4

COVID-19 Update: Leadership Momentum is going forward in 2020 with the first few sessions conducted virtually following local health and safety guidelines.

Contact Kathleen Marker for more information: kathleenm@ywcaneks.org  or (785) 233-1750.

Cultivating Our Community’s Future Leaders

Level up your leadership skills and make a lasting impact by enrolling today for one of our 4 5-week sessions in 2020. Incorporating active learning, Emerging Leaders will give you the tools to communicate effectively, understand leadership styles, manage diversity, and handle conflict confidently.

“Leadership is about making others better as a result of your presence and making sure that impact lasts in your absence.” – Sheryl Sandberg


Now Enrolling for 2020!

This is a highly valuable 5-week course for women preparing to lead a team.

Register for Emerging Leaders Today!