LAWRENCE, Kansas—Clayton Wealth Partners’ James Walden, CFA, will get an in-depth look at the workings of Lawrence and Douglas County as a member of Leadership Lawrence’s Class of 2021.
The Lawrence Chamber of Commerce offers the professional development program each year to people who live or work in Lawrence County. “The mission of Leadership Lawrence shall be to make connections through personal and professional growth to engage, inspire and strengthen our community,” according to The Chamber’s announcement for the Class of 2021.
Walden, a Partner and Chief Investment Officer for our fee-only wealth management firm, has lived in Lawrence since 2013. He also splits his job duties between our Topeka office and our new Lawrence office.
Walden has been steadily increasing his involvement in the Lawrence community. He is the incoming Vice President of the board of directors for Just Food and is a member of The Chamber and Jayhawk Breakfast Rotary Club. He also coaches youth soccer through Sporting Kaw Valley.
“I genuinely believe in giving back, and Leadership Lawrence will help me develop the skills to be more effective in my ability to serve,” Walden said.
The Class of 2021 marks the 39th class for Leadership Lawrence. The half-year-long program will give its 35 members first-hand exposure to the inner workings of Lawrence and Douglas County while training them in leadership and facilitation skills.
The Chamber reports that nearly 85 percent of Leadership Lawrence graduates said in a poll that their community service had increased since graduating from the program.
Walden is part of a team of emerging leaders at Clayton Wealth Partners. For example, Clint Patty, J.D., Managing Partner, took part in Leadership Kansas this year. And Barbara Duncan, CFP®, Partner and Senior Wealth Advisor, took part in this year’s class for Leadership Greater Topeka.
“We are proud of the leadership roles our team members take,” said Founding Partner Debra Clayton, CFP®. “I know firsthand how transformative such involvement can be—personally, professionally, and in our communities.”
To see all the members of the Class of 2021, visit The Chamber’s announcement.