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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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Leadership Spokane 2015 accelerated forward in October with a superb regional economy day, capped off by a robust bus tour of our region hosted by Kim Pearman-Gillman and Alan Westfield. Mother Nature was on our side as well with a beautiful fall weather to amplify the thriving community we belong to. From Kendall Yards to McKinstry to downtown renovation, we saw how a rising tide lifts all boats. Foresight or vision was in our crosscheck as we highlighted how these leadership traits are the cornerstone of propelling a leader’s work forward. Not far from vision is innovation and Steve Jobs is known for saying “Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.“ Our servant leadership focus for the month of November is Building Community following the monthly theme of governance.
Our youth class, partnering with YMCA, had a powerful October night at the Salvation Army meeting 13 non-profits and better understanding the human needs in the community. Based on that orientation, the class voted on what projects interested them most and they will rally around three service projects in the community to help those less fortunate. In November, their focus will be on Diversity. This follows closely to the youth October leadership characteristic Empathy, where it is helpful to walk a mile in someone’s shoes to better understand their circumstances, needs and desires, before leading them.
Our sponsors remain our rock that keeps this program for the community going. I would like to give a huge shout out to Kalispel who stepped up again to be our platinum sponsor for 2015, not only supporting our organization, but supporting the Gala and our Leadership in a Diverse World Day in January. Thank you Kalispel for lighting our way. Itron was excellent as well supporting our Regional Economy Day and Winston Cashatt provided an excellent lunch, with the help of Beacon Hill Catering as well. Our sponsors remain our heartbeat and the beat is strong.
I close with a few other shout outs. The first Leadership Connection of the year, partnering with Gonzaga and Whitworth, was a success with Dayna Eberhardt , Starbucks VP, presenting to 60 interested community leaders. Our November Connection will be Al Falkner, Gonzaga Prep President, presenting on Heroic Leadership, on 13 November. I also want to highlight Brian Burrow, Class of 2011, for being nominated for the 2014 Philanthropic Awards, for his support of Youth Leadership Spokane. Brian and many others connected to the program were nominated including Sharon Smith and Don Barbieri showing that our leaders are deeply committed to making Spokane better.
Finally, please know an army of volunteers are working tirelessly to make our 2015 Leadership Spokane Gala, 30 January, a success. In November, a renewed emphasis on alumni connections will start. The Gala is part of that effort and is meant to be a celebration of leadership and our wonderful alumni in our community. I thank Monica Wales and her amazing Gala committee for their call to action and ask alumni and other supporters of Leadership Spokane to attend the Gala and celebrate how 32 years of leadership has clearly lit the way in Spokane.
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