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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 

February is a month when all start thinking spring is coming, but for our leadership curriculum, spring means recruiting.  Class of 2017 application season is open for both adult and youth.  Please see our application links on this webpage.  We look forward to continuing a legacy of excellence that will now span 35 years.  February is also a month we focus on education and conceptualization or the ability of leaders to “dream big dreams.”  Educations underpins all we do as the wiser we become, the further we can travel as a team.  We hope to share various educational perspectives and paradigms with our leaders and let them “dream big dreams.”  One dream that became reality for our program was our 5th annual Gala, which quite possible may have been the largest single event ever for our program to host.  It was an amazing night celebrating leadership.  Huge high five to Heather Beebe-Stevens, Class of 2014, for leading an inspired team and taking our program to new heights of elegance.  We appreciate our alumni so much for giving back to our firm foundation.  The Class of 2016 continues to be a year of adventure, learning and building Spokane, one leader at a time. We vow to extend a tradition of excellence established 33 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