We take great pride in investing in and developing our people at McGee, Hearne & Paiz, LLP, as well as helping our people prepare themselves to give back to the communities in which we live and work. We are fortunate to be able to provide a variety of opportunities of this nature to our leaders and our staff. One program that especially excites us and provides great exposure throughout the entire State of Wyoming is Leadership Wyoming. We are proud to support the Leadership Wyoming program and are excited to have one or our partners, Amber Nuse, currently participating in this year's class.
Leadership Wyoming is a partnership of the Wyoming Heritage Foundation and the University of Wyoming. The mission of Leadership Wyoming is to provide leaders, who are committed to excellence and progress in Wyoming, the opportunity to better understand general public policy issues, economic and social diversity and the challenges facing our state; and to prepare them, through shared mutual interest and the leadership skills developed, to be active in building a better Wyoming. To date, the program boasts 668 graduates.
There are over 40 Wyoming leaders in the current class. Amber's experiences this year have included sessions in Laramie, Jackson, Gillette, Evanston, Worland and Cheyenne, with upcoming sessions taking place in Sheridan and Casper. Highlights of the class have included a tour of a surface coal mine in Gillette, venturing approximately 1,000 feet underground to tour a trona mine near Green River, taking a C-130 flight from Cheyenne to Camp Guernsey and meeting with several of the state's most influential businesses and leaders. The class has explored the topics of energy, education, entrepreneurship and government. Graduation of the current class will take place in May, where class members will present independent class study project findings before an audience of invited leadership program graduates and state and local leaders. Amber's independent class study project is titled "Broadening Wyoming's Future Economic Diversification" and focuses on awareness and education surrounding the importance of economic diversification within the state by means of thinking differently about economic development, making it a private and public priority, and investing in ourselves.
Amber states "I have truly appreciated the opportunity to develop an improved awareness of issues facing our State and communities as well as further develop my leadership skills. Most importantly, I am grateful for the relationships I have developed with my classmates and am confident those relationships will carry throughout my career and lifetime."