Professional Development Manager
Lauren Racki is the professional development manager at K-State Olathe.
She develops and oversees noncredit programs that address workforce talent gaps in Greater Kansas City. She does this by linking K-State and regional subject matter experts with programming in animal health regulatory affairs, leadership skills, food systems, digital skills and other strategic areas that align with workforce needs.
She also plans all aspects of individual workshops, including messaging, materials, registration, evaluations and budgeting.
Racki is an experienced community builder. Prior to joining K-State Olathe, she served as the program and events director at the Northeast Johnson County Chamber of Commerce. In that role, she increased enrollment in their Leadership Northeast program and increased attendance at multiple annual events. She also served as the adult ministries and young adult lead for Hillcrest Covenant Church, wherein she designed programs around community service and team development.
She is involved in multiple community organizations, including Kansas City Tri Delta Alumnae Group, Kansas Leadership Center and the Kansas Chapter Advisory Board for Saint Paul's Outreach Kansas City. She also has received multiple awards for her leadership and involvement.
Racki served as the admissions representative/recruiter for the campus from December 2016 to October 2021.
She has a master's degree in adult learning and leadership and a bachelor's degree in interior design with a minor in leadership studies from Kansas State University.