Women’s Leadership Program Helps Balance Professional and Personal Life


Becky Kunst joined the Elizabeth Kearney Leadership Development Program after Elizabeth Kearney herself recommended the program. Becky grew up with Elizabeth’s grandchildren, so they knew each other for many years. Elizabeth thought she would thrive in the program.

Becky Kunst
Becky Kunst at the YWCA

Becky is one of two women who have gone through the program twice. During the first year she gave birth to a little boy. She decided to wait till the next year to finish the program.

Becky said her experiences in both years worked together to build upon her strengths while she connected with other women. Becky said what makes the Women’s Leadership Program so special is the bond that grows among participants.

“There was an unexpected respectful environment. We all came from different backgrounds, but we all found similarities within each other. We felt welcomed,” Becky said.

The program allows participants to create their own leadership plan. Becky’s plan focused on her personal life because she is a working mother. Becky was the executive director of LEEP, a nonprofit organization that provides enrichment activities for people with developmental disabilities.

Becky sited the Women’s Leadership Program as a place where she could bring a balance to her professional and personal life.

“The program has a holistic approach. We talked about our strengths. It gave me resources, skills and courage to be a leader. We all want to be a leader in some way whether it is professionally or personally. The program built on our strengths to help push us out the door.”

Becky is currently transitioning to a new position with Blue Earth County Extension.

For more information about the Elizabeth Kearney Leadership Development Program contact Anne Ganey at 507-345-4629 ext. 29 or email at executivedirector@ywcamankato.org. 

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