Congratulations to Jessica Figueroa, principal of Whitson Elementary. She was one of 14 women to graduate from YWCA Topeka’s first Women’s Leadership Academy class, “Women’s Leadership Momentum,” this fall where she represented Topeka Public Schools.
Also, congratulations to Juanita Erickson, General Director of Elementary Education, and Brandon Evans, para-professional at Williams Science and Fine Arts Magnet School. They were selected as members of the 2015 Leadership Greater Topeka class, a program sponsored by the Greater Topeka Chamber of Commerce. According to the Topeka Chamber of Commerce, this program identifies outstanding potential leaders from various components of the community and teaches participants how to lead in a community setting. Class members will attend a retreat and eight day-long sessions between January and May to learn about challenges facing the City of Topeka and Shawnee County and how they can work to influence community issues and problems. The 2015 class, which is comprised of 37 individuals, was selected from more than 200 nominees representing a variety of backgrounds and a cross-section of the community.