Business Education Alliance

Greater Wichita Partnership aligns resources and focuses the business community around Jobs, Talent and Quality of Place to cultivate the economic environment and fast-forward growth in South Central Kansas. The goal of the Talent priority is to attract and retain talent and support talent development. To assist in this mission, the Partnership oversees the Business & Education Alliance (BEA), a group focused on cultivating a seamless partnership that produces a globally competitive workforce for the region.

The BEA works to achieve this vision by aligning the education and business communities to ensure a productive workforce needed for sustained economic growth for our region. Comprised of business champions, public and private school districts, nonprofits and regional colleges and universities, the group meets monthly to discuss current needs and issues and knowledge share local and nationwide business and education partnership best-practices.

Currently led by co-chairs Stephanie Harder of Textron Aviation and Dr. Noreen Carrocci of Newman University, BEA programming has accelerated educational attainment and workforce development within the region. To catalyze future efforts, while keeping current initiatives underway, in 2018 the BEA realigned its strategies to look holistically at the “cradle-to-career” continuum and created metrics to better measure progress made within area public schools in the following areas: Kindergarten Readiness, Early Grade Reading, Middle Grade Math, High School Graduation Rates, Post-Secondary Success and Post-Secondary Completion.

Current Liaisons:


  • Allen, Gibbs & Houlik
  • BCS Performance Solutions
  • Berkshire Hathaway PenFed Realty
  • Berry Companies
  • Bothner and Bradley
  • Capitol Federal Savings Bank
  • Credit Union of America
  • Cox Machine Company
  • Delta Dental of Kansas
  • Emprise Bank
  • Hutton
  • INTRUST Bank
  • McCownGordon
  • Meritrust Credit Union
  • SJCF Architecture
  • Spirit AeroSystems
  • Terracon
  • Textron Aviation
  • Weigand Real Estate
  • Wichita Regional Chamber of Commerce


  • Child Start
  • Envision
  • Exploration Place
  • Junior Achievement
  • Kansas Reading Roadmap
  • Pando Initiative
  • Project Teacher
  • United Way of the Plains
  • Wichita Community Foundation
  • Workforce Alliance
  • YMCA


  • Andover Public Schools
  • Catholic Diocese of Wichita
  • Derby Public Schools
  • Goddard Public Schools
  • Haysville Public Schools
  • Maize Public Schools
  • Wichita Public Schools
  • Butler Community College
  • Friends University
  • Newman University
  • Southwestern College
  • Tabor College
  • WSU Tech
  • Wichita State University
  • Kansas State Board of Education 

Meetings - The Business & Education Alliance typically meets from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. on the first Thursday of every month at the Greater Wichita Partnership offices at 505 E. Douglas Avenue, Wichita, KS 67202. For specific questions related to BEA, or to get on the mailing list, please contact Evan Rosell at