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Leadership Spokane

501 (c)(3) is the original organization, founded in 1982 by the Spokane Area Chamber of Commerce and a group of business and community leaders. Leadership Spokane offers a civic leadership training program in which the voices of all sectors of the community are balanced, with the clear understanding that the health of all these sectors is vital to a healthy Spokane. Today, individuals from a variety of professions, races, backgrounds and neighborhoods from all over the county compose the Adult and Youth Leadership class each year. Classes focus on Servant Leadership, “Spokane 101″ information and skills such as team building, systems thinking, facilitation, conflict resolution, envisioning and project management. 

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Message from the Executive Director 

What Leaders Are Learning

Happy holidays Spokane!  Leadership Spokane 2015 focused on building community in November in the midst of election season.  We surely appreciate Gonzaga MBA Program being our presenting day sponsor and Spokane International Airport supporting the lunch for our adult class.  The class learned much from Spokane City Council President Ben Stuckart, former State Senator Chris Marr and other distinguished guests including Josh Wade of Nectar and Toastmasters experts Natalie Palmer and Ed Newman.  Communication is our next focus in December emphasizing the leadership characteristic persuasion.

Our youth class, partnering with YMCA, had another powerful session this month focusing on Diversity.  We appreciate the support of Crosswalk, a superb non-profit that battles teen homelessness, which hosted the evening.  A diverse panel provided thought provoking discussion to our youth and covered numerous aspects of diversity.  For December, the youth likewise focus on Communications with a visit to KHQ studios.  Significantly, endeavoring to support our community, the youth are volunteering with the adult class as Kettle Ringers for the Salvation Army at the Valley Fred Meyer store on 13 December.   Even as we teach leadership to our youth and adults, our program remains centered on making Spokane better.

We also remain focused on our alumni.  They are the strength of our program, a bright light, and connecting to them through our new Leadership Legacy Society is important to make leadership in this region a full circle event.  The 30 January Gala is one of those pinnacle events to celebrate alumni.  We are currently 200 leaders attending and climbing…please jump on board if you can—it will be a feel good night to celebrate you, the leader.  Yes, servant leadership is a calling for our organization. We are committed to building one leader at a time.  Leadership matters…Spokane matters…and citizenship matters. We are three decades strong and getting stronger.  Our distinguished Board of Directors, my staff, Ms. Elisha Heath and Ms. Jaxon Riley, and I are committed to building upon our proud past for a fantastic future.   Leadership Lights the Way! -Brian Newberry

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What Leadership Spokane Alumni are saying…

“I loved seeing people with different backgrounds, life experiences, different ways of looking at the world, all sit down and listen and learn and be open to other opinions, then step it up.” – Marshal Peterson, Class of 2014

What Leadership Spokane Alumni are saying…

“I learned a lot about the Spokane community—and how what’s going on in the community has a direct correlation to the workplace.”  – Lance Kissler, Class of 2014

What Leadership Spokane Alumni are saying…

“It is ok to take time for yourself and take care of yourself. Because if you don’t, it can be difficult to be a good servant leader.” – Monica Wales, Class of 2012

What Leadership Spokane Alumni are saying….

“I made lifelong connections and friendships that are still in place today. This seems to be one of the true values of LS as each and every class has had the same positive engagement experience”  – Patrick DeVries, Class of 1987

What Leadership Spokane Alumni are saying…

“I fell deeply, madly in love with Spokane and am committed for life to our community. When Tom Foley told my husband to move his company to Spokane in 1983, we really didn’t think we’d stay very long, but 34 years later, this is home.”  – PJ Watters, Class of 1994