Kori Siebert


Speech Communications – emphasis in Organizational Leadership and Public Relations

Wayne State College

2020 Community: Ravenna

Focus: Community and Economic Development, Community Marketing

Ravenna has a long list of projects the students will focus on, including organizing and running a Big Idea competition, research planning and fundraising for a bike and hike trail, and increasing civic engagement by encouraging residents to subscribe to a community texting notification service to receive community updates via text messaging. In addition, students will use existing and new photographs and video to create marketing materials for the community.

Peers: Connor McFayden, Andromede Uwase, Ethan Weiche
Innovators: Amber RossGena McPherson

Sponsored By: Ravenna Chamber of Commerce, Ravenna Economic Development Corporation

Why did you choose the Fellowship Program?

I love what RFI stands for, and rural communities have a special place in my heart. I chose this experience because I want to be able to give back to another small community since mine molded me into who I am today and the dreams I have for the future.

What do you hope to gain?

I hope to gain more opportunities where I can grow and challenge myself as a leader. In the end, I hope to have more public relations experience, and that I am able to leave a positive lasting impression on the community I’m working with.

Why is it important that students develop inclusive leadership development?

It’s great to be able to push boundaries and think outside of the norm. Being involved in the RFI program can help one grow as a leader and be better prepared for the future.

Why should students work in rural communities?

I think it’s important for students to have this type of experience in a rural community because it allows them to get out of their comfort zone and really connect with all types of business owners and people within the community.

Why is it important students give back to Nebraska?

Nebraska is a great place to grow up and meet amazingly kind people here. It’s important for us to give back to Nebraska because it’s given so much to us. I want to someday raise my family here, and I want the communities thriving even more than they are now, for the next generation.

What new opportunities exist today to help move rural communities forward? What are your ideas?

RFI provides tremendous opportunities for communities to move forward by bringing in fresh eyes to help see things from a different perspective. I hope that I’m able to help these smaller communities move forward in the way that they see fit for their own community, whether that’s through social media, community events or planning for the future in whatever way.