International leadership coach to lead training for FHSU’s Management Development Center


HAYS, Kan. – Area business people and entrepreneurs will have two opportunities on Nov. 7 to participate in a leadership training workshop, “Leading Teams that Matter,” conducted by Pete Smith, an internationally-acclaimed guide and coach in the fields of leadership, management, personal growth and development.

Smith’s workshop is sponsored by Fort Hays State University’s Management Development Center, the Hays Area Chamber of Commerce, Sunflower Electric Power Corporation, and FHSU’s Society for Human Resource Management Student Chapter.

Before suffering a life-changing stroke in 2010, Smith worked in education, first as a history teacher and career counselor, then as a director of high school programs. After his stroke, he questioned the significance of his life and reinvented himself to use his experience to become a teacher and leader to help people focus on what is important and significant in their personal and professional lives.

The leadership training workshop will be offered first from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 7, in the university’s Memorial Union and again that afternoon, from 2 to 5 p.m., also in Memorial Union.

Participants will learn how to position teams for a high level of performance year after year by developing a framework designed to attract the best people, develop a culture of choice and trust, be attentive to detail, and intentionally expand individual comfort zones.

Registration is available online through the Registration link in the sidebar of the page at

Registration is $119, but Hays Area Chamber of Commerce members qualify for a 15-percent discount. To receive the discount, or to learn more about this event or additional upcoming trainings, contact Hannah Hilker at 785-628-4121 or by email to

The night before the workshops, Smith will deliver a free address in the union’s Fort Hays Ballroom.

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