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Mission Statement

We are a catalyst - educating and uniting diverse, collaborative leaders to ensure a vibrant Spokane.

Class of 1983

First graduating class.

Leadership Spokane History

Leadership Spokane was founded by the Spokane Chamber of Commerce and its business leaders to maintain the momentum of leadership and development in the Spokane community, following the incredibly successful World’s Fair Expo ’74.

Since 1982, Leadership Spokane has served as a premier leadership training course for established and emerging community leaders. With the first graduating class consisting of 27 students in 1983, Leadership Spokane has grown into a vibrant and well-respected program with 1,488 alumni. In 1996 a Youth program was proposed in order to promote the leaders of tomorrow. This session was open to high school sophomores, juniors and seniors in the Spokane area with 30 students in the first graduating class. Today, there are 650 graduates of the youth program representing high schools throughout Spokane County.

Leadership Spokane exposes members to current issues such as economy, education, history, and culture, and encourages students to use problem solving skills to figure out what is happening in Spokane, why, and how to improve it.

Founding Investors

Leadership Spokane is grateful for our founding investors, through their vision we continue to build the leadership mission and community of alumni for Leadership Spokane.

  • Coopers & Lybrand, now Price Waterhouse Coopers
  • Cowles Publishing Company
  • Empire Health Services
  • Fred S. James Company of Washington
  • Group Health Northwest
  • Kaiser Aluminum
  • Lincoln Mutual Savings Bank
  • Lukins & Annis
  • Medical Service Corporation, now Premera Blue Cross
  • Moloney, O’Neill, Corkery & Jones
  • Old National Bank, now US Bank
  • Sedgwick James
  • Sterling Savings Bank
  • URM
  • US West Communications, now Quest Communications International
  • Washington Mutual Savings Bank
  • Washington Trust Bank
  • Washington Water Power, now Avista Corp.
  • Winston & Cashatt

Anti-Discrimination Statement

Leadership Spokane respects the dignity of individuals and is committed to non-discrimination in all of its programs, services, and events. Leadership Spokane is consciously and proactively welcoming of all areas of diversity including, but not limited to, race, ethnicity, color, national origin, ancestry, gender, sexual orientation or identity, religion, age, socioeconomic status, marital status, language, disability, political opinion or immigration status. Leadership Spokane encourages you to join us in supporting this policy through leadership and personal example.