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The Civic Council of Greater Kansas City announced Tuesday that 30 local business, nonprofit and public-sector leaders are taking part in 41st Kansas City Tomorrow leadership class.

According to a release from the Civic Council, potential participants were nominated earlier this year and were selected through a competitive process that included in-person interviews. The selected participants began the 10-month program on Aug. 23.

"This year's KCT class is a very strong and diverse group of Kansas City professionals," Paul Holewinski, CEO of Kansas City-based Dickinson Financial Corp. and chair of the KCT Leadership Group, said in a release. "We are excited about the upcoming programming and KCT year, and our Civic Council members are looking forward to interacting with the KCT class."

The KCT program focuses on pressing regional issues, such as education, economic development, diversity and inclusion, as well as the KC Rising initiative.

"Ultimately, we hope that many of these KCT participants will go on to take a leadership role on an important community issue," Civic Council chairman Bill Gautreaux said in the release. "That could mean serving in appointed or elected office, joining a nonprofit board or community task force, or stepping up in some other way in our region."

The Civic Council was formed in 1964 with the "goal of aggregating the resources of the leaders of the region's largest employers to address major challenges and opportunities." The first Kansas City Tomorrow class was formed in 1977.

Today, the 2019-2020 class brings together leaders from many different areas of business, representing business titans like Burns & McDonnell, Hallmark Cards and JE Dunn as well as nonprofits like MRIGlobal and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.



The new participants are: