Newsletter February 2016

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February 2016
In This Issue
From The Director
From The Director
Welcome Keiko Chu­Yamada
Upcoming Events
View From The Class
Corporate Sponsors
LT Links
LT Website
Employment Opportunities
Volunteer Opportunities
Contribute Now!
Our Purpose
To cultivate, inspire,
connect and engage an
effective community of
Our Values
Stewardship ­ We develop,
enhance and sustain our
Integrity ­ We lead with
honesty, respect and
Passion ­ We bring
I love good surprises. They really make me smile. Over the Christmas break (New Year's Eve to be
exact) I got one of the best surprises ever.
Even though our offices were closed, I was coming
in each day to process any donations that had
arrived, so that people would get their tax receipts
on time. I was running through all the online gifts
when one in particular caught my eye. The amount said $10,000.
Since our usual donation amounts are under $1,000, I think I looked
at the report three or four times, just to make sure my eyes weren't
playing tricks on me. When I saw who it was from, I was even more
surprised ­ to my knowledge, this donor is not particularly wealthy.
She works in a management position in the public sector, and of
course, public sector salaries aren't equal to those in the private
After double and triple checking the amount, I called the donor's
home to verify the gift. I wanted to be sure that she hadn't added that
extra zero by mistake, or even worse, that her card hadn't been
hacked (although I know of no case where a credit card is stolen and
then used for charitable purposes). I spoke with the donor's wife,
who let me know that indeed, the gift was real, and that it was
something they had wanted to do for some time. Can you spell
I met with the donor and her wife recently, to thank them for their
generosity. At their request, the gift is being directed to the Founders'
Scholarship Fund. They wanted to "pay it forward" to make sure
others, who might otherwise be unable to participate in LT, would be
able to do so. How wonderful is that?
As a follow­up to our meeting, I asked our graduate to write a little
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enthusiasm and tenacity to
civic engagement.
Diversity ­ We commit to
cultural competency and
embrace many viewpoints.
May 3, 2016
GiveBIG is coming up on
May 3, 2016. Last year we
raised more than $13,300
(not including the Seattle
Foundation's match).
LT relies on individual and
alumni contributions, as
tuition and fees cover just
56% of our operating
costs. As you plan your charitable
giving, we hope you will
keep LT in mind. By making
your contribution, you are
making an investment in
the quality of life in the
Puget Sound region.
Table Talks ­ Peer
Learning Groups™
Described by participants
as 'creative, stimulating
and supportive',
Learning Groups™ are
facilitated, personalized
peer­learning groups that
are comprised of 10 to 12
participants who meet
monthly as a cohort for
three hour sessions.
These groups are
facilitated by Janet
Boguch and her
TableTalks Facilitator
Team. had to say:
"Like many of you, I have made annual donations of money and/or
time to LT. Like many of you, I have submitted suggestions for
candidates. Over the years, I even became able to budget for LT
tuition in my organization to assure that we could send a candidate, if
one of ours was accepted. I send folks because of the impact the
program had on me and because, as I look back, I can directly link
my activities (and what I hope are my contributions) to my LT
I am happy to say, there have been many who have attended LT and
I have witnessed their engagement and commitment to our
community in the vigor with which they pursue their many volunteer
efforts. I get to watch the shaping of our region's future!
In my class, in the segment on the Arts, I remember a workshop led
by an amazing woman ­ a solo performer and activist. I later learned
that Jan had figured out how to include her as a participant in LT the
following year on a scholarship. That got me thinking about the many
folks out in the community doing incredible work, with no strong
employer to support them. How amazing would it be for them to
advance their leadership skills or broaden their focus through the LT
I never did figure out a way to be able to fund a participant who
doesn't work for my organization, but I have had good fortune and I
realized I might affect some of those folks I was pondering. So my
wife and I decided to make a personal donation, directly to the
Scholarship Fund.
I have never lost my sense of the value of LT's work in preparing us
all for service at a new level or in new ways. Please consider how
you might participate in continuing the work LT does for our
On behalf of all of us at LT, I can only say thank you. Not only to this
couple, but to everyone who has already made their donations to us
this year. Your faith and support mean more than you will ever know!
Welcome Keiko Chu­Yamada
We are excited to introduce you to our new part­time Program
Assistant, Keiko Chu­Yamada. Keiko comes to us from the North
Urban Human Services Alliance, an organization that advocates for
residents in North King County who are in need. Prior to that, Keiko
worked at United Way of King County as a Team Assistant in
Community Services. She has been able to "hit the ground running"
since she began and is an awesome addition to the team.
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solutions and
brainstorming ideas in a
confidential, safe and
comfortable setting to
ensure that mission­
based organizations are
successful and that
nonprofit professionals
continue to learn and
To register and for
information, please click here or email [email protected]
Sue, Keiko, Megan, Jan
In Memory of Claire Korman, LT'15
We remember fondly, Claire Korman, LT'15, from PEMCO, who
passed away on January 18, due to complications from heart
surgery. Her funeral was held on January 20th, and contributions in
her memory can be made to The American Heart Association (for
stroke and heart disease research) in Claire's name.
It's Recruitment Season ­­ We Need Your Referrals!
Do you know someone who would be a great candidate for LT?
It's that time of the year when we ask you to send us contact information for individuals whom you believe
would be a good fit for Leadership Tomorrow. Last year we had our third largest applicant pool in LT history.
Help us continue to attract great candidates who display a commitment to civic engagement and potential for
community leadership by emailing us your referrals by March 31, 2016. Applications are due April 18, 2016,
by 5 p.m.
Send us as many names as you want; it's a great way for us to spread the word about LT! We will offer a
special prize for the person who sends the most referrals that turn into actual applications. Please email your
referrals to Keiko Chu­Yamada at [email protected] and include the following
Email address
Upcoming Events
February 18, 2016: "Conversations With Leaders," Emergency Preparedness
Join us for "Conversations With Leaders," featuring Barb Graff, Director of Office of Emergency Management,
City of Seattle, and Bill Steele, Director of Outreach & Information Services at Pacific Northwest Seismic
Network. They will highlight truths and dispel myths presented in the New Yorker article, "The Really Big
One," as well as discuss the latest research related to seismic risk in the region and the unique
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February 29, 2016: Meet Your LT Neighbor
Meet up with the LT alums in your neighborhood over drinks or dinner at one of 10 locations:
Ballard (Reuben's Brews):
5:30­ 7 p.m.
Belltown (The Innkeeper):
5:30­ 7 p.m.
Capitol Hill (The BottleNeck Lounge):
5:30­ 7 p.m.
Columbia City (Columbia City Ale House):
5:30­ 7 p.m.
Downtown Seattle (Bookstore Bar, Alexis hotel):
5:30­ 7 p.m.
Kirkland (Clyde Hill Tully's):
5:30­ 7 p.m.
Magnolia (Mulleady's Irish Pub):
5:30­ 7 p.m.
Mercer Island (Bennett's):
5:30­ 7 p.m.
Queen Anne (Hilltop Ale House):
5:30­ 7 p.m.
West Seattle (The Bridge):
5:30­ 7 p.m.
Email [email protected] with your name and the location of the event you would like to
attend. Guests welcome!
April 18, 2016: "Conversations With Leaders," featuring Kathleen O'Toole, Chief of Police for the
Seattle Police Department
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Tulshyan, LT'16
Author of The Diversity Advantage: Fixing Gender Inequality In The Workplace (Forbes,
2015) and Adjunct Faculty, University of Washington Department of Communication
I applied for LT at a somewhat unprecedented stage of my life. Moving between four
countries couldn't prepare me for what I was looking for ­­ to do meaningful work that
purposefully benefited the communities I lived in. I had just quit a fast­paced, high­paying
job in search of this. And LT's commitment to engaging leaders to shape our community
seemed like the right fit. I just wasn't quite sure what I was getting myself into.
Now, more than halfway through the program, I can safely say LT has quickly emerged as one of the most
inspiring and life­changing experiences I've had to date. I always considered myself an advocate for social
justice, but each Challenge Day has taught me that the issues of equity and injustice run deeper in our
community. It's not simply enough to stand at the periphery of these issues; to effect change, we must dive in
deep, get uncomfortable, and lead by listening.
Most of all, I'd be remiss if I didn't thank the incredible community of peers I've met on this journey. I have
been humbled by the number of LT'ers who have supported me in my career journey as a first­time author,
and championed me in the moments I've felt most vulnerable. I have learned numerous leadership lessons
from the sheer power of bringing together 80 enthusiastic, civically­minded individuals. As Margaret Mead
said: "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful people can change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing
that ever has." As I look around the room every Challenge Day, these words ring truer than ever before.
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Halfway through my LT year, this is what I'm saying and thinking about the program:
I love that LT covers so many issues: from the economy to culture to basic needs.
It's like a liberal arts program about our region. It's obvious that the program has been carefully designed over many years. When
a rich mix of individuals from different backgrounds goes through this experience
together, something special is created. There must be some "secret sauce" in the
LT formula, because the program is far greater than the sum of its parts
The interviews with leaders were amazing. Two key lessons I took away were the value of the
relationships you develop and the power of always being curious.
The lab projects let you experiment with different leadership styles. Our lab group did not select a
team leader. Instead, each of us instinctively took turns moving the work forward toward its
LT sets aside time to reflect. This is as valuable as it is rare in today's world.
I admire that LT has embraced race as a leadership issue and made it a focus of the curriculum. I
look forward to growing during my journey at the Mid­Year Race Retreat.
The program nurtures leaders to be servants to their teams and their communities. This strengthens
the Northwest's communitarian soul, one my favorite aspects of living here.
You cover a lot of ground on major issues. You're constantly tantalized by starting exciting
discussions with your classmates, and then moving to the next agenda item. In this way, LT trains you
to be comfortable with being uncomfortable and gives you practice in dealing with things which are
To make the most of my LT experience, I've decided that I need to take time outside the lab meetings
and Challenge Days to get to know my amazing classmates and continue our curious conversations.
Thank you, LT, for an amazing year so far! Grapevine
Let us know what's happening in your life! Email [email protected] and stay in contact
with LT and the alumni. Thanks! Three LT alumni (Ronnie Henderson, LT'16; Adrienne Quinn, LT'02; and Jon Scholes, LT'07) are
participating in Plymouth Housing Group's "Seattle Dances." Seattle Dances is one of the most popular
events in the greater Seattle area and is always a sellout. Plymouth Housing's Executive Director Paul
Lambros says the goal this year is to raise $550,000. For more information, click here.
1984: John Lippman is now Deputy for Language Programming at the Voice of America, the U.S.
government's international media organization, where he manages TV and radio broadcasts and the
production of web and social media content in 45 languages and a staff of more than 2,000 journalists
around the world.
1987: Joanne Harrell was reappointed by Gov. Jay Inslee to a second, six­year term on the Governing Board
for the University of Washington.
1988: Miller Adams and JC Johnson were appointed to the Seattle University Board of Regents.
1993: Carmen Gayton has won the 2015 Five Star Real Estate Agent award. 2000: Lindsay Pulsifer was promoted to Managing Director of Port of Seattle Maritime Division.
2007: Noel Frame is now State Representative, 36th District at the Washington State House of­e527­4800­bae6­2ec75107aee4&c=5d216480­cc35­11e4­805f­d4ae52a6892e&ch=5d2757f0­cc35­… 5/8
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2007: John Hoey has accepted a Policy Analyst position with the City of Seattle's Planning Commission. 2008: Michael Dotson has accepted a new position of VP, Community Development and Regional Manager
at Banner Bank.
2008: Jennifer Price was promoted to Regional Managing Director for the U.S. at CH2M.
2008: Paul Whyatt is now CFO at Merrill and Ring, Inc.
2010: Laurie Bohm is now the Partnership Director at Equal Opportunity Schools.
2012: Libby Catalinich has accepted a new role as the Director of Communication for Pierce County. 2012: Tracy Hilliard has accepted a new position as Senior Consultant at ORS Impact.
2012: Debra Holland was selected as the "Volunteer of the Year" in the Greater Seattle Market, by Pacific
Continental Bank. Debra was also recently on New Day Northwest.
2012: Jaremy Rich and his wife welcomed their son, Harvey Rich, on November 25, weighing 7 pounds 11.5
ounces. 2013: Theresa Bash accepted a new position as Enterprise Sales Manager at Comcast.
2013: David Harris is now the "Startup Advocate" at the City of Seattle's Office of Economic Development.
2014: Carl Bailey and his wife welcomed their baby boy in November 2015. 2014: Gabriel Grant has joined Spectrum Development Solutions as a Principal.
2014: Jamila Johnson was made Partner at Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt.
2015: Nick Anderson was featured on New Day Northwest.
2015: Diane Cañate has accepted an offer at Revel Consulting to work on their organizational
design/engagement team.
2015: Emily Carrion has started a weekly newsletter that is a collection of the best articles, quotes and
growth hacks. Her hope is that they will make you smile, think and encourage you to take action. Subscribe
2015: Clover Codd was promoted to Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources at Seattle Public
2015: Liv Faris was appointed to the faculty of the Communication Leadership Program and is teaching a
Visual Communication class at the University of Washington.
2015: Cindy Hamra accepted a new position as Assistant Dean for Graduate Medical Education at the
University of Washington School of Medicine.
2015: Mark Ruffo has accepted a new position as Managing Director of Resource Development at Malaria
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2015: Viyada Supavatanangura is now Senior Treasury Manager, Capital Markets at Expedia, Inc.
2015: Ben Phillips has accepted a new position as Senior Developer at PushSpring. He also stepped in as
the Board President for Teens in Public Service.
2016: Natasha Rivers published a children's book called "Damon and the Magic Christmas Tree." It is a
holiday story featuring a multicultural family including a seven­year old boy who wants a Superman action
figure for Christmas.
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