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King Cole Luminary Award Nomination Form

King Cole Luminary Award


Leadership Spokane created the King Cole Luminary Award to recognize exceptional servant leadership lighting 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 the 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 its main spokesman and promoter, but his real skill was his ability to get people to come together to achieve the impossible. 


  1. Visionary leader: sustained belief in a dream, in spite of prevailing opinions to the contrary 
  2. Effective leadership: the ability to conceive, design and carry out a successful project, persevering over time, against odds 
  3. 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
  4. Stewardship: the ability to hold an institution in trust for the greater good of the entire community

Deadline: 21 December 2023