Rural Leadership Symposium

Organized by local leaders, this event features thought-provoking talks from inspiring Nebraskans including our own President & CEO, Jeff Yost! Join us at the historic Fox Theater as you will have the opportunity to hear from rural leaders and experts on rural community development. Then, enjoy lunch at one of McCook’s unique local restaurants and continue the conversation from the inspiration provided in the morning.

Speaker Lineup

  • Jeff Yost is President and CEO of Nebraska Community Foundation
  • Mark Graff is Chairman of MNB Bank and MNB Financial Services
  • Megan Spargo is a rural community development consultant, public speaker, coach, and facilitator
  • Tyler McCarty, is a serial entrepreneur and change agent.
  • Randy Vlasin is an educator and business owner who has spent his professional life serving communities in various roles
  • Emcee Kelly Rippen is Vice President of Mid-Plains Community College Student Affairs and McCook Community College

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Event Details


November 19, 2021


9:00 am - 1:00 pm


McCook, Nebraska