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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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Leadership Spokane Class of 2016

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SAVE THE DATE for the 2017 Leadership Lights the Way Gala. 

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Message from the Executive Director 

September is teamwork month! To coin the Class of 2016 motto, “Teamwork makes the dream work.” Our adult Class of 2017 connects for the first time and learns how they can become a better team for all of Spokane. Listening is the servant leadership characteristic of the month and we look forward to bringing our team of leaders together. Our youth will have an opportunity to learn from all the nonprofits in the region doing good for others. We are coming together for our youth and celebrating them in our first-ever YLS fundraiser, “Beauty and the Beast” at the Spokane Civic Theatre, September 21. Thank you Sandra Jarrard, Class of 2012, for stepping up for our youth and organizing it. Our 6th annual Leadership Lights the Way Gala is now set for January 21 and we appreciate the whole gala team coalescing to start the planning to celebrate leadership. Many thanks to Melissa Boland, Class of 2016, for leading the charge. Our 35th year is underway and we aim to gel a team. It is always gratifying to see the team coming together. In August, the Class of 2015 came together to support the citizenship process for one of their classmates. That is Leadership Spokane. 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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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