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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I am honored and privileged to follow Ms. Linda Finney as the next Executive Director of Leadership Spokane. The impact of this organization, founded in 1982, is evident in my discussions with key civic and business leaders throughout the Inland Northwest. What is even more clear is Ms. Finney built an organization and team that is enthusiastic and promotes volunteerism at every turn. While my time as Executive Director has been limited, I have been absolutely impressed by the many Leadership Spokane alumni who have already called to offer their support and offer to volunteer for any number of activities from the January Gala to the yearly program.
We are excited for both the upcoming Adult and Youth Leadership Programs which begins the 14th of August. We are also looking ahead to have a robust 2014-2015 program that will make a difference beyond those that attend. Indeed, leadership is intangible and often hard to quantify its impact. However, what is absolutely clear is that leadership matters and it will make a difference for not only the organizations that sponsor an attendee but will also benefit the Spokane civic community as the program educates, inspires and motivates its members to give back to our patriotic community thus strengthening not only the State of Washington but our noble nation.
Servant leadership is a calling for our organization and we will continue to educate both our adult and youth programs on its strengths. In the near term, I look forward to meeting both supporters of the program and alumni to learn all I can on the program’s achievements. In the intermediate and long term, I will capitalize on what I have learned to work with my Executive Assistant, Ms. Elisha Heath, and a new Trainer, hiring in process, as well as our interns to build upon the solid foundation established by Ms. Finney.
Leadership matters…Spokane matters…and citizenship matters. I am privileged to synchronize all three in an organization that is three decades strong and getting stronger. I thank the Board of Directors for giving me an opportunity to build upon its proud past for a fantastic future.
Leadership Spokane matters.