LINCOLN – Shawn Kaskie has been selected to participate in Leadership Nebraska, a Nebraska Chamber of Commerce program in its 11th year.
Kaskie is fellows coordinator with the Nebraska Rural Futures Institute and external development coordinator for the Center for Entrepreneurship and Rural Development at the University of Nebraska at Kearney.
Leadership Nebraska was founded in 2006 to identify current and emerging leaders across the state, enhance their leadership skills and deepen their knowledge of the challenges and opportunities facing Nebraska.
Participants are selected from different regions of the state and possess varied backgrounds and diverse talents. All candidates have demonstrated an abiding interest in Nebraska and its future.
Kaskie majored in public administration, sociology and psychology at Hastings College, has a Master’s in regional planning and is pursuing a Ph.D. in the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Ag Leadership Education and Communication program.
Kaskie and his wife served together as Peace Corps volunteers in Papua New Guinea in 1999-2000 and later worked together as family teachers at Boys Town. He is a former member of Kearney Rotary, Loup City Legion Club and has served on various Kearney Area Chamber of Commerce and downtown improvement committees.
Leadership Nebraska consists of six sessions covering a broad range of key Nebraska issues, including economic development, health care, education, agriculture, government and policy development. Class 11 begins with an orientation in June and concludes in February 2019 with a commencement ceremony in Lincoln. Sessions will be conducted at various locations of the state.
“Nebraska faces complex challenges in this new economy. To maintain and enhance our state’s competitiveness, we need well-informed, connected leaders who are ready to serve their fellow Nebraskans,” said Bryan Slone, president of the Nebraska Chamber.