Leadership Spokane, a 501(c)(3) organization, was 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
June is Stepping Up month for Leadership Spokane. Commencement is here. It is a month that is not one day of celebration. June is a month when we reflect back on a year of building leaders one leader at a time. This month we also celebrate our 1,200th graduate on the long road to getting to 10,000 graduates. Our history is long but our eyes are not on the past, rather we remain focused on motivating each and every leader who we have the privilege to serve. We are equally excited to celebrate our youth program which reaches nearly 600 graduates this month. Leaders deliver hope, and our high school youth give us much hope. This month’s servant leadership characteristic is commitment to the growth of people. That is our calling and our watchword – we remain committed to service. Even as we celebrate the wonderful Classes of 2016, we give a shout out this month to the Classes of 1986, 1996 and 2006! Thank you to all those who went before. We vow to extend the tradition of excellence established 34 years ago. Ultimately, we know our alumni matter, leadership matters … Spokane matters … and citizenship matters. We are three decades strong and getting stronger. Our distinguished Board of Directors and Ms. Ruth Reynolds, 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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