About the Program


Leadership Reno County provides a leadership skills training experience for a cross section of community members. The skills are taught in the context of community issues and initiatives with the goal of increasing participants' level of civic engagement. Participants also gain skills that they are able to immediately use for the betterment of their employers and community organizations with which they are involved.


Since 1984, over 910 community members have been participants in leadership programs offered by the Hutchinson/Reno County Chamber of Commerce. Originally known as Leadership Hutchinson, the program was renamed Leadership Reno County in 2005 and was revamped to provide skill-based training with the purpose of increasing participants' level of civic engagement. Currently, each class is comprised of 28-32 participants.

Program Details

Tuition is $750 per class participant. Full and partial scholarships are available from the Leadership Reno County Alumni Association. If you are interested in a scholarship, please complete the Program Application.

To be eligible, participants must live or work in Reno County and not be convicted of a person or sex crime of severity level 3 or higher, or its equivalent, unless they have lived in the community at least five years, without any criminal arrests following the completion of their sentence or parole, whichever is later.

Participants attend a two-day overnight retreat and seven one-day sessions. Community tours of local businesses and other organizations are arranged both during class sessions as well as outside of class. An additional 15 to 20 hours of time is spent outside of class.

Participants can opt to earn three college credit hours through Hutchinson Community College for an additional tuition fee. More details on receiving college credit are available from the program co-directors.

2019 Class Information

Applications are currently being accepted for the 2019 class. (See how to apply below.) The application deadline is Friday, November 30, 2018.

To recommend someone to participate in LRC, please send the applicant's name and email address to Info@LeadRenoCounty.org

2019 Class Sessions

Retreat    - Thursday, January 10 to Friday, January 11 (overnight) 
Session 2 - Thursday, January 24, 8 am to 5 pm
Session 3 - Thursday, February 7, 8 am to 5 pm
Session 4 - Thursday, February 28, 8 am to 5 pm
Session 5 - Thursday, March 14, 8 am to 5 pm
Session 6 - Thursday, April 4, 8 am to 5 pm
Session 7 - Thursday, April 18, 8 am to 5 pm
Session 8 - Thursday, May 2, 8 am to 3 pm and 5:30 to 7 pm

Participants are required to attend all sessions, including the two-day, overnight retreat. Any absence, regardless of the reason, must be excused by one of the program co-chairs. Participants unable to attend all sessions may, at the discretion of the co-chairs, be withdrawn from the program. In such cases, there will not be a tuition refund.

Participants are also required to:

  • Complete at least ten (10) community exposure visitations to businesses, non-profits and community boards (at times other than during class sessions)
  • Complete readings
  • Experiment with the leadership competencies

How to Apply

Applications are accepted online. The deadline for the 2019 class is Friday, November 30, 2018.
To recommend someone to participate in LRC, please send the applicant's name and email address to Info@LeadRenoCounty.org.
To begin filling out the application, click here.

Leadership Reno County Committee

The Leadership Reno County Committee of the Hutchinson/Reno County Chamber of Commerce, is responsible for program content; class selection; oversight of program donations and endowed funds; and the Leadership Reno County Alumni Association. Members of the Leadership Reno County Committee are program graduates and serve up to two two-year terms.

Leadership Reno County Committee Members

  • Dashona Mahoney - Chair, Data Center, Inc. (DCI)
  • Justin Jensen - Secretary, Hutchinson Clinic
  • Alex Hass - Treasurer, Sidney's Hairdressing College of HCC
  • Lynette Lacy - Program Co-Director, KL Connections, LLC
  • Delon Martens - Youth Leadership Representative
  • Tony Finlay - Hutchinson Recreation Commission
  • Mary Treaster - Youth Leadership Representative
  • Kari Mailloux - Hutchinson Community Foundation
  • Chris Duskin - Hutchinson Regional Healthcare System
  • RJ Gardner - Kroger Hutch
  • Keith Frederick - Frederick Chiropractic Center
  • Ryan Patton - Hutchinson Correctional Facility

Program Director

Lynette Lacy - KL Connections, LLC

Program Facilitator

Phil Auxier