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Wichita Urban Professionals Responds to #FocusForwardICT Presentation

July 10, 2018

Wichita Urban Professionals, which works to empower Wichita's young, diverse and talented, held an event exploring Focus Forward data through a minority perspective. The "What If I Left Wichita?" forum drew more than 70 participants to the Kansas Leadership Center on July 10 to explore why the Focus Forward data needed to delve more deeply into the reasons behind the minority exodus from the Air Capital.

For nearly two hours, participants engaged in dialogue about the sacrifices that occur with being a minority in Wichita and how to advance diversity and inclusion to help create a more welcoming environment to those with varied backgrounds.

For more information about Focus Forward, please visit:

Wichita Urban Professionals to hold private watch party for much-anticipated, "Black Panther" movie

January 2018

What better way to enjoy one of 2018's most anticiapted movies than with Wichita young, diverse and talented? Wichita Urban Professionals has resevered the Showcase Auditorium at the Old Town Warren for the premiere of Black Panther on Friday, February 16, 2018.

Doors will open at 5:30 pm with the movie starting at approximately 7 pm.

Tickets for this event are:

Members (Limit:1 Ticket/Member) - Reserve Seating: $8; General Admission $5

Non-Members: Reserve Seating: $10; General Admission $8

Memberships to Wichita Urban Professionals are $30 and can be purchased online at

Reserved Seating will be located in the balcony area of the auditorium and is limited. 
General Admission seating will be located on the floor of the auditorium.


May 20, 2016

After watching young, diverse talent move from the Wichita area, CEO and founding president Jonathan Long created Wichita Urban Professionals to empower those people and keep them here.

“Many were leaving because they didn’t feel a connection to Wichita,” Long said. “They wanted to grow socially and professionally and they didn’t feel that opportunity existed for them here.”

Long said his organization engages individuals to push Wichita progress.

“I believe Wichita is the type of environment that allows you to create the kind of life you want to have, whatever that life is,” he said. “I decided to create something that would allow those young voices to feel like they had a say and were welcome to be engaged in these conversations while building up these individuals so they didn’t feel like they had to leave Wichita to have the kind of life they wanted to have.”


Week-long events planned to celebrate the young, diverse and talented

August 8-14, 2016

Wichita Urban Professionals has designated August 8-14, 2016 as "All the Way Up" week with a series of events occurring. The events include the organization's signature recognition event, Dreamchasers. For more information, visit

Dreamchasers' recognition event honorees to be announced

July 25, 2016

Wichita Urban Professionals will announce honorees for its second annual Dreamchasers' recognition. The event is scheduled for Saturday, August 13, 2016 at Abode. Tickets are on sale now. 

Wichita Urban Professionals meets with Wichita Chief of Police

July 25, 2016

Members of Wichita Urban Professionals met with Wichita Police Chief, Gordon Ramsay, and WPD leadership to discuss improving police and community relations as policing practices, particularly in communities of color, have been scrutinized. The meeting culminated in Ramsay pledging his support for three major initiatives. 

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