Shelly Prichard to host Dec. 7 “Those Who Lead, Read” discussion about “Being Mortal”

Shelly Prichard, president and CEO of the Wichita Community Foundation, will discuss “Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End” by Atul Gawande Dec. 7 at Friends University. The event is part of the Those Who Lead, Read program, a monthly speaker series that engages students and the Wichita community in a timely discussion about literacy and leadership.

The event is free and open to the public and will take place at 7 p.m. at Edmund Stanley Library. Friends has been hosting various leaders in 2017 to discuss their favorite books on leadership, faith or organizational change.

A No. 1 New York Times Best-Seller, “Being Mortal” addresses the issues regarding end-of-life care. Gawande demonstrates how people may live and pass away with dignity.

Prichard has served as CEO of the Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland, as executive director of Youth Entrepreneurs of Kansas and as community relations manager for Koch Industries Inc. Prichard earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communications at Kansas State University. She is a former Friends University Board of Trustees member and has also served on various boards and advisory groups, including the Rotary Club of Wichita and Dress for Success Wichita.

For more information about the event, contact David Carter at or at 316-295-5552.

Friends University, a Christian University of Quaker heritage, equips students to honor God and serve others by integrating their intellectual, spiritual and professional lives.