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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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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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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