Reflections from Emerging Leaders Academy Graduate: Brandon Bayless

Comments Delivered by Brandon Bayless, City of Topeka
At the Emerging Leaders Academy Graduation Ceremony on July 17, 2013

I first off want to thank all of you for being here to show your support for the Emerging Leaders Academy graduates. I’m sure I can speak on behalf of everyone by saying it is greatly appreciated. Next I want to thank Noel Rasor and the KU Public Management Center staff for making this possible for all of us. Their guidance and support truly made this course great, and we could not have done it without them.

Thinking back through my experiences with the Emerging Leaders Academy, I have to say it was one of the best courses I have ever taken. The structure of our class allowed for a great amount of discussions and reflections over the many important and critical issues facing the public sector in this day and age. I’ve heard many of my fellow graduates use the word invaluable to describe this course, and they are right. This was an invaluable experience.

Being able to use our own professional experiences to guide the discussions and conversations definitely heightened the level of learning we were able to achieve. Obviously the organizations being represented here thought very highly of these graduates in sending them to this course. Now I want to challenge you to find and give opportunities for leadership to these graduates and allow them move your organizations onto bigger and better things.