Neighborhood Leadership Summit

The Cities of Overland Park and Olathe proudly present the Neighborhood Leadership Summit. Whether you’re a seasoned leader or just stepping into the role, learn essential skills to establish neighborhood organizations, lead effectively and recruit volunteers.

Enjoy complimentary dinner and networking opportunities among neighbors and community leaders.

Register by April 17 to secure your spot!



Olathe Community Center
1205 E Kansas City Rd.
Olathe, KS 66061

Date + Time

April 24, 2024
Registration | 4:50-5:30 p.m.
Leadership Summit | 5:30-7:30 p.m.


Keynote | 5:35-5:55
LaMonica Upton, MSOD, Center for Neighborhoods UMKC

Learn the importance of neighborhood organizing and what difference you can make as a leader in your community.

Effective Dialogue: Bringing Neighbors Together | 6-6:40 p.m.
Michelle Decker, Olathe Municipal Court
Tara Markely, County Extension Director, Johnson County K-State Research and Extension
Angie Smith, Employee Relations Mediator, City of Overland Park
Moderator: Andrew Davis, Program Manager, Community Capital Fund

Hear from the experts about how to develop your mediation and facilitation skills, find common ground among neighbors and achieve resolution.

Volunteer Recruitment and Retention | 6-6:40 p.m.
Paula Pratt, Director of Community Outreach, Harvesters
Elizabeth Griffith, Volunteer Coordinator, City of Shawnee
Colette Panchot, Chair, Neighborhood Executive Committee
Moderator: Phyllis Hardwick, Executive Director, Community Capital Fund

Volunteers are important for any successful neighborhood organization. Explore ways to recruit new volunteers and stewardship practices to keep them engaged.

HOA Legal Clinic | 6:45-7:25 p.m.
Emily Cipra, Attorney, Community Associations Institute Heartland Chapter
Todd Billy, Attorney, Community Associations Institute Heartland Chapter

Have a legal question about homeowners associations? Now is your chance to have it answered. Ask questions and learn from attorneys devoted to representing homeowners associations.

Neighborhoods for Advocacy; Making an Impact | 6:45-7:25 p.m.

Andrea Generaux, Program Officer, LISC

Neighborhoods work best when they are working together. Grow your collective voice as a neighborhood and understand how to work within the limits of your City.


City of Overland Park
Alissa Workman
Neighborhood Programs Coordinator
City of Olathe
Planning Division