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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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 The Value of Leadership Spokane

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2016 Leadership Spokane Application

2016 Youth Leadership Spokane Application Gala_ImageMessage from the Executive Newb17Director

Happy New Year Spokane!  The new year is always a celebration of hope, a celebration of new beginnings.  Napoleon Bonaparte famously quipped:  “A leader is a dealer in hope.”  Our 1100 alumni are committed to building hope for a brighter tomorrow.  Our Class of 2015 adult and youth program are already onboard contributing to a better Spokane, most recently joining the Salvation Army to raise over $1300 thru a combined bell ringing during the Red Kettle Drive in December.  Our focus in 2015 remains delivering a strong curriculum, strengthening our financial foundation and bolstering our alumni network.  Our supporters like Comcast and DeVries in December, Kalispel Tribe of Indians, Premera Blue Cross, NW Farm Credit Services and others are making that possible daily.  The other key contributor is you…Spokane and the Inland Empire is a community full of promise and we plan to be part of delivering on the promise of a hopeful new year.  Please join us 30 January for the Leadership Lights the Way Gala where it all comes together to celebrate leadership, to celebrate you, to celebrate our future together.

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 Leaders Are Learning

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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