In late October, LT hosted a Conversations with Leaders featuring Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan. Attended by over 100 people, the event was moderated by Martha Choe, LT’84, a former Seattle City Councilmember and civic leader with extensive experience in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors.
Although I had many years of experience working for a public agency (Port of Seattle), volunteering in my community, and a Master’s in Public Policy from the UW Evan’s School, it was my time in LT engaging and learning with my inspiring cohort of leaders that propelled me to run for Bellevue City Council.
My classmates’ passion to make our community better was palpable and infectious... just what I needed to light the fire in my belly after the 2016 election. I saw the possibility for me, as an immigrant from Hong Kong, to use my talents in public office and be a bridge builder who works with others to solve challenging problems locally. As the only woman of color on council, in a majority minority city, I bring a new voice and perspective that I believe complements our other council members. My time at LT gave me insights on how to respectfully engage while checking my own biases in decision-making as an elected official.
Check out what’s happening at LT! Our October newsletter contains:
Update about LT’s Strategic Planning process and next steps for making a bigger impact.
Recap of the LT’19 Fall Retreat.
Two alumni spotlights, one featuring Priya Frank, LT’15 and one featuring Josh Gaul, LT’10. Priya and Josh share highlights from their LT experiences and how LT has impacted how they approach their work and hiring practices.
Grapevine - See who got promoted and started new jobs, who joined a board of directors, and who was featured in the news.
We are excited to introduce the LT Class of 2019. Selected from the largest applicant pool in LT’s history, members of LT’19 represent the three sectors (private, nonprofit and public), work in a variety of industries, and demonstrate a deep commitment to making our region a better place to live and work.
Please join us in welcoming these 80 leaders into the Leadership Tomorrow family!
Want to serve on a nonprofit board?
Our Summer Leaders on Board Newsletter contains information about 20 nonprofits that are recruiting leaders to serve on their boards of directors. Whether you are new to board service or a seasoned pro, we hope you will review the listings in this newsletter. Feel free to forward this email to your friends and colleagues who are interested in board service.
"I expect great things from you. This region needs you." Martha Choe, LT'84, began her Leadership Reflection. "You don't have an option. You're in this class for a reason. You are uniquely privileged to be in this program. I have high expectations for you to be in this seat in 10 years."
As the class considered the regional economy, Martha pointed out that necessary community-focused work is not just about the economy. It's about all the conditions that come together for a sustainable economy. "A healthy economy depends on everything you've talked about all year."
Written By: Carl Bailey, LT’14
As an LT alum, I wasn't sure what to expect when I re-visited a Challenge Day for the first time in nearly four years. But once I parked the car and made my way to the UWBG Center for Urban Horticulture, some of those old LT feelings came flooding back.
There was that slightly nervous feeling of being around other highly intelligent, capable, and opinionated people while covering topics that I don't deal with on a regular basis. And the unconscious pressure of being my most authentic self and being comfortable enough to share my life experiences with people I've only known for a few months.
Another familiar LT feeling was optimism, as the day was full of opportunities to think about how each individual can get involved in and help influence who has access to the decision-making table.