Wichita, Kansas --- Today, NetWork Kansas announced the hiring of Lea Ann Seiler as the Manager, Entrepreneurship, Southwest Region. In this role, Seiler will support the work of E-Community leadership teams to help advance and strengthen entrepreneurial ecosystems in Kansas' southwest region.
"I am thrilled to begin working alongside Lea Ann," said Christy Preston, Manager, Entrepreneurship Region. "Her experience, passion for entrepreneurship and exceptional leadership skills will make this transition easy. Lea Ann checks all the boxes for this role and the entire NetWork Kansas team is excited for her to join us."
Previous to her role with NetWork Kansas, Seiler served as the Hodgeman County Economic Development Director for the past 15 years. Seiler is very passionate about the work she does and is an influential and respected leader not only in Hodgeman County but in southwest Kansas.
In addition to her work in economic development, Seiler's professional experience also includes being:
- A Certified Ice House Facilitator
- A Certified Destination Creation Facilitator
- Hodgeman County Maker Space Creator
- Growing Rural Business Completer
- Hodgeman County Maker Camp, YEC, and Acton Children’s Business Fair Director
- Bank and Insurance Marketer
- CDBG Grant Administrator
Seiler is married and has five children and six grandchildren. She's a proud Rural Kansas resident, a maker and she enjoys traveling.
“To say I’m excited is an understatement" Seiler said. "NetWork Kansas has done so much to support the growth of entrepreneurship and small businesses in Kansas — and I’ve seen first-hand what a difference it can make in a community! I’m honored, and a bit humbled, to be joining this incredible team.”
About NetWork Kansas:
NetWork Kansas, a 501c3 nonprofit organization, is dedicated to making entrepreneurship a priority for economic and community development in the State of Kansas. NetWork Kansas connects aspiring entrepreneurs, emerging and established businesses, to a deep network of business-building and community development resource organizations across the state. NetWork Kansas is also the home of e2 Entrepreneurial Ecosystems (e2). e2 provides best practice solutions to entrepreneurial ecosystem building in Kansas and nationally.
NetWork Kansas facilitates the development of an entrepreneurial ecosystem within participating communities through the E-Community Partnership. Contributing factors to successful development include availability of financial capital, support by local leadership and development of educational resources. All of these factors combine to increase entrepreneurial activity in participating towns, leading to increased startup activity, business expansion, job creation and more.
For more information about the Entrepreneurship (E-) Community Partnership, visit www.networkkansas.com/ecommunities, or call 877.521.8600