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2018 King Cole Luminary Award Nomination

King Cole

Leadership Spokane created the King Cole Luminary Award to recognize exceptional servant leadership that lights the way in the community. 

In March 2013 at the Leadership Lights the Way Gala, the first annual award was made posthumously to King Forrest Cole. Cole was the "father" of Expo '74 which revitalized downtown, resurrected the Spokane River environs and led to the creation of dozens of other initiatives, including Leadership Spokane. As President of Expo '74, Cole was the main spokesman and promoter, but his real skill was his ability to get people to come together to achieve the impossible. 

Criteria: 

  • Visionary leader: sustained belief in a dream in spite of prevailing opinion
  • Effective leadership: the ability to conceive, design and carry out a successful project, persevering over time against odds and in spite of personal sacrifice
  • Building Community: ability to persuade others to rally around an initiative and shape the future; the ability to lead from the front and the willingness to work in the trenches
  • Stewardship: the ability to hold an institution in trust for the greater good of the entire community
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