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The Wichita Area Outlook Team (WAOT) Link-to-Learn program is coordinated by the Center for Economic Development and Business Research, part of the W. Frank Barton School of Business at Wichita State University. The team is organized by CEDBR and consists of around 40 business professionals in the Wichita area who come together to discuss important topics related to our economy.



Seniors and Graduate students of Wichita State University's Barton School of Business are asked to submit applications each year around the start of the fall semester. Those chosen to be part of the program are then paired with business professionals that participate on the Wichita Area Outlook Team. 

2018 will be the fifth year of the program.



Students will have opportunities to meet with their mentors at two different events, the fall WAOT meeting and at the annual Kansas Economic Outlook Conference. Mentors are not required to maintain a relationship with students following these events.

WAOT Fall Meeting  |  Wednesday, September 12, 2018, 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

The WAOT meeting includes a complimentary lunch and an open discussion with local businesses and government leaders on current local, national, and global economic conditions and their expectations for the next year. 

Kansas Economic Outlook Conference  |  Thursday, October 4, 2018, 7:30 to 11:30 a.m.

The Annual Kansas Economic Outlook Conference boasts more than 750 attendees annually and covers topics affecting our local, state, and national economies. The conference includes breakfast and features speakers who will address economic trends in specific industries. For more information visit: eoc2018.cedbr.org.


Contact Jill Johnson at Jill.Johnson@wichita.edu or call (316) 978-3225.

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Seniors and Graduate students of Wichita State University's Barton School of Business, please check back for the application for this program.

Selected applicants will be asked to attend two events along with their mentor:

  • The Wichita Area Outlook Team quarterly luncheon - WSU Metroplex - Wednesday, September 12, 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
  • The Kansas Economic Outlook Conference (breakfast) - Century II Convention Center - Thursday, October 4, 7:30-11:30 a.m. 

Learn more about the conference at www.EOC2018.cedbr.org

Questions? Contact Jill Johnson at Jill.Johnson@wichita.edu. 

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