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.
Joining is easy. Click on the link below, then follow the step by step instructions.You’ll receive your membership card in the mail in the next weeks!
Annual Membership – $50
Message from the Executive Director
July is a month of reflection… to reflect back on a successful youth and adult class and to reflect on our new Class of 2016. We are excited to have a strong class coming through in both the adult and youth classes. It is also a month to reflect on our many sponsors who made 2015 possible. From Kalispel to NW Farm Credit to dozens of other supporters, the common theme was believing in leaders! Our 73 new leaders are ready for the challenge and in their first weekend as graduates stepped up to support three community events! This is just the beginning for the Class of 2015 giving back. We continue to look for ways to honor our alumni and will continue to announce new initiatives to make our Legacy Society of value to all our alumni. It was special to celebrate the Classes of 1985, 1995 and 2005 at our graduation. As we reflect on the next leadership class, our 5th annual Gala to be held in the winter continues to grow with possibility. Please reach out if you can help with this mid-year extravaganza. Our time of reflection culminated with an excellent board retreat. We truly appreciate the counsel and mentorship of our 21 board members– they are the foundation of a good year ahead. 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!
“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
“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
“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