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Co-Founder and Board Vice President Laura Dakhil Monahan featured in Wichita Business Journal
Laura Dakhil Monahan – Cancer Center of Kansas
Q: Why is it important to be involved on boards of directors?
A: One of my favorite verses from the bible is, “To whom much is given, much will be required.” (Luke 12:48) As I’ve grown in my career and had the opportunity to gain experience and knowledge in both law and business, I find it essential to give generously of my time and talent for the benefit of others in our community.
Q: What kind of role do you like to play on boards?
A: I try to serve in the way that is the best fit for the organization, so my role is different depending on the needs of that particular board.
Q: How should a person get involved in boards?
A: Find a way to give and show a genuine interest in the mission and the people serving it. It is such a positive reflection on a person when they are giving of themselves without formally serving on a Board and often illustrates how valuable they would be in such a role.
Q: What are you doing to mentor women in your industry?
A: Throughout my career, I have had a passion for working with women as a mentor in many capacities in order to pay it forward to the extraordinary mentors I’ve had in my life.
Q: What has been your career path?
A: I always wanted to tell stories as a TV journalist, but after receiving my journalism degree, I decided to go to law school hoping to further my TV career. Once there, one of my mentors told me how much he believed in me as an attorney, which led me to join Hinkle Law Firm in 2006. I truly found my passion for counseling clients and solving problems for them. I completed my MBA and became part of Hinkle Law Firm’s business law and healthcare departments. This experience brought me to join the Cancer Center of Kansas in 2014 as the chief legal officer, becoming part of their executive team that oversees the company.
Mrs. Monahan currently serves as Vice President of the Wichita Cancer Foundation Board of Directors, is a member of the KU Law School Board of Governors, and serves on the Sedgwick County Zoo Board.
She previously served on the American Heart Association Board, the Wichita Bar Association Business Law committee, and the KU Alumni Association Round-up committee.