We’re getting ready to launch our 42nd class of Leadership Omaha with an orientation on Thursday, August 15 – the first step toward developing another cohort of leaders capable of strengthening and transforming our community.

The members of Class 42, a diverse group of 49 individuals, were chosen based on their demonstrated community involvement and vision for the future of Omaha. They’ll spend the next 10 months learning about challenges and opportunities in Greater Omaha; visiting multiple organizations; and hearing from various business and community leaders, educators, and political figures – all to better understand the work that needs to be done to positively impact our region.

Meet the Members of Leadership Omaha Class 42

Sabrina Ahern, LEO A DALY
Brian Anderson, University of Nebraska Foundation
Tanin Arkfeld, Union Pacific Railroad
Kiley Armitage, QLI
Caitlin Bolte, Confluence
Nicole Carritt , University of Nebraska Medical Center
Kelli Cavey, The Omaha Community Foundation
Sam Cooper, TitleCore National
Savannah Cuevas, Spark
Steve Eck, First National Bank Omaha
Beth Evans, Jackson Lewis, P.C.
Eric Ewing, Great Plains Black History Museum
Lauren Foster, Greater Omaha Chamber
Kate Gallagher, Buffett Early Childhood Institute
Steph Gould, American National Bank
Scott Hahn, Koenig | Dunne
Mark Haner, LinkedIn
Adam Hartung, Mutual of Omaha Bank
Kamron Hasan, Husch Blackwell LLP
James Hawthrone, Metropolitan Community College
Jillian Humphries, Frost Media Group
Brad Jones, MyStaff Inc.
Jay Kline, White Lotus Group
Sharlyn Konfrst, Farm Credit Services of America
Gerald Kuhn II, City of Omaha
Laura Langford, Omaha Public Power District
Emily Lindsey, Starbucks Coffee Company
Itzel Lopez, AIM Institute
Abby Mack, Carson Group
Eric Mayberry, Omaha World-Herald
Brian Miles, Bridges Trust
Pat Morris, Investors Realty, Inc.
Erica Pieper, RISE
Brian Poppe, Mutual of Omaha
Katherine Porto, Nebraska Medicine
Laurent Quenaud, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
Cynthia Ray, BVH Architecture
Josh Render, Kiewit Building Group
Eli Rigatuso, Bellevue University
Mark Rodgers, Core Bank
Toby Samuelson, Morrissey Engineering
Allison Schorr, ICAN – Institute for Career Advancement Needs
Vanessa Silke, Baird Holm LLP
Kyle Soares, Bank of the West
Nick Thielen, EHPV Management Group Inc.
Andrew Wesely, Ayars & Ayars, Inc.
Troy Wharton, Lozier Foundation
Andy Yosten, HDR
Jenny Zimmer, Alley Poyner Macchietto Architecture

Launched in 1978, Leadership Omaha has graduated more than 1700 participants and solidified its status as one of the longest-running community leadership programs in the nation. The current curriculum emphasizes community trusteeship, community awareness and leadership styles.

In addition to their August 15 orientation – and prior to graduating in June – members of Class 42 will attend a retreat in September and then monthly, daylong seminars on education, inclusivity, justice and other community issues. Participants will also complete small group projects that push them to translate their community education and leadership training into direct, positive impact.

Applications for Leadership Omaha Class 43 will be available in early 2020. Participants must attend at least 80 percent of the seminars to graduate. For more information about Leadership Omaha, contact Liz Kerrigan, leadership strategist, at 402-978-7913.

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