Good afternoon. I would like to start by thanking everyone for attending this graduation and your continued support in each of us and the Emerging Leaders Academy.
I recall our first class back on February 29 and quite honestly thinking, “What have I gotten myself into?” Since then I have come to admire Noel and her co-instructors for their continued passion of Public Administration and their willingness to share their knowledge with each of us.
Over the past several months we have had the opportunity to hear first hand from a diverse group of successful leaders in all different types of careers within the public sector, each of whom candidly shared their individual experiences and leadership styles. Throughout the course it really helped me to see all of the different levels within the public sector and gave me a clear understanding of how each level comes together, making it all work. Perhaps what fascinated me most was the one common theme throughout this course; the passion we share in public service and the continued effort for improvement.
Although I thoroughly enjoyed making coffee for each of my classmates every other Wednesday and being the occasional hall monitor, this has truly been a wonderful opportunity to meet and develop friendships with not only my peers in law enforcement, but throughout the community.
This course has empowered each of us with the tools to develop into leaders within our individual organizations, and I think I speak for all of us when I say thank you to Noel, the KU Public Management Center, and to everyone that dedicated their time and support to this course and each of us.