Fall 2014                                                                                   Volume 6, Issue 2

A new program year is upon us. Welcome to our incoming AL and ALY '15 classes!

The AL Board of Directors has completed the interview process for our new executive director. We can't wait to introduce you on Oct. 4th at Evening with the Stars. Make sure you grab a table ASAP!
I also want to extend our gratitude to our phenomenal supporting partners for 2014-15. We'll be spotlighting a few in each issue, and encourage you to learn more about them. 

In service,

Teri Hickel
Executive Director
Evening with the Stars - Don't Miss This!
Local dignitaries give you star treatment at Evening with the Stars!

Excitement is building around Advancing Leadership's 2014 Evening with the Stars, Saturday, Oct. 4, 5:30 - 9 pm at the Federal Way Community Center. The night is bound to make memories for you and your guests. 


Here's what your ticket buys:


 * Cocktail hour, with one free drink ticket

 * Auction tables packed with possibilities

 * Hearty pasta dinner, served at table by stellar local leaders

 * High energy live dessert auction

 * Presentation of the Servant Leadership Award winner

 * Heartwarming stories from youth and adult grads

 * Introduction of AL's new Executive Director


Evening with the Stars - EWTS - is a celebration of community involvement and collaboration. Everyone is welcome! Bring your friends, family, coworkers and maybe even some future Advancing Leadership participants. Tables and tickets are going fast, so don't wait - REGISTER NOW.


If you or your business would like to sponsor this event or donate an auction item, please email Deanne: deanne@advancingleadership.org.

ALY 2.0 Paints the Town - with Murals
ALY 2.0 with Bob Henry

Team projects have always been an important part of the learning process and community impact of the Advancing Leadership programs. But until this year, the ALY 2.0 second year youth program did not include a team project. 


That changed when a special request came in from Mayor Jim Ferrell, asking the 2015 ALY 2.0 class if they could help him bring some color to the new Town Square Park area in Federal Way's downtown core.  After 2.0 participant Dinh Chung mentioned that the city could use more student art, the class was tasked with creating a series of murals representing all of the high schools.


The 2.0 team dove right in, getting input and approval from Federal Way Arts Commission, Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Department and FWPS, and recruiting student artists from all of the high schools to help. They also connected with Bob Henry, a professional muralist who worked with AL '06 on their team project - the mural on the wall between Safeway and Poverty Bay Coffee near Celebration Park. Henry volunteered to advise the students and has been teaching them how to bring together polished, large scale paintings.

Maria works on FWHS mural

Over the month of September, the class has been meeting on weekends with the artists to plan, prep and paint. Look for the amazing results around Town Square Park. You can follow the progress - and see lots more photos - on our  Facebook page.

Partners Help AL and ALY Learn and Grow

Nonprofits count on corporate sponsors for financial support. But we don't have sponsors - we have partners. We call them partners because they are actively involved in developing, supporting and participating in our programs.  Our corporate partners live the AL mission of transforming ordinary people into extraordinary leaders. Here are how a few of our partners are making us better:

AL Education Day at FWPS
Federal Way Public Schools has worked with us from the very beginning. Two former FWPS superintendents,Tom 
Vander Ark and Tom Murphy, were program founders, and district employees have been a part of every graduating class.  Dozens of these grads have returned year after year to volunteer on our board and alumni committee, as mentors and panelists, site hosts and program facilitators. FWPS staff members are a critical part of our youth programs, acting as advisors and selection committees at each school, helping us develop the curriculum and regularly contributing as guest speakers. ALY and ALY 2.0 would not be possible without the huge outpouring of support from our school district.


ALY grads now lead at HCC

Highline Community College came onboard with us in 2006, and has been contributing a unique perspective every year. HCC has sent many employees through the adult program, and made great connections with many of our ALY grads who enroll at the college. In fact, there is a significant ALY presence in student leadership at HCC. Several Highline administrators who graduated from AL have served on our board, and we continue to count on HCC to help us look at leadership development through the lens of higher education.


Rotary Club of Federal Way also has long-standing ties to Advancing Leadership. We find ourselves regularly exchanging participants, as Rotary members are motivated to develop their leadership skills, and AL grads are inspired to join the work being done by Rotary. The Rotary Club has offered special discounts on dues to AL participants, and joined us at our special events. Rotary also recognizes the value of the ALY program for high school participants, and many of the recipients of Rotary's Student of the Month program, which includes an annual scholarship opportunity, are also ALY grads.


Partnerships are the foundation of our success, and go far beyond typical sponsorships. Thanks to our invaluable partners!

Alums Take the Lead in Education

Fall means a new school year for students of all ages. Some AL grads have chosen to lead the way as educators.

AL '02, Debra & Whitney's class


Debra Hughes and Whitney Owen Hammar, both AL '02, were both deeply impacted by their year in the program. Debra already had a passion for education, having done a great deal of volunteer work in the schools. Post AL, she decided to complete her M.Ed. and become a school counselor. She now enjoys working with kids from the MandanHidatsa and Arikara Nation in Mandaree, North Dakota.


As Debra describes it, her AL experience "opened my eyes to how education can be done well - hands-on, problem solving, and actively engaging. For the first time, I was actively engaged in learning instead of waiting passively for someone to teach me. It fit very well with my volunteer work in education and my thinking on what great education looks and feels like."


Whitney was in high school during her AL year with Debra; before the ALY program was launched, two high school students were selected to participate in the adult program. "I learned valuable leadership and communication skills, as well as gained a deeper understanding of our community," she remembers.  During her junior year of college, she saw that her interests in teaching and child psychology would blend well in a career as a school psychologist.


While completing her Master's at UW, "I learned that FWPS is one of the best districts in the state in which to be a school psychologist."  She soon returned to her hometown and district, and is now working at Sequoyah Middle School. She loves the fact that she now regularly works with Birth to Three Center, the site of AL's 2002 team project.

Corey with AL '13 on Education Day
Corey Obungen, AL '13, knew he wanted to teach before he even started college. His plans were temporarily disrupted by an accident that left him wheelchair-bound. "I originally wanted to teach PE/Health, but after my injury my plans were put on hold as I was still adjusting to my new life. However, friends, former teachers and Teri (Hickel) brought me back to FWPS."


This fall he began working at Truman High School. "I have a small printout of the five pillars of Leadership from the Leadership Challenge book ... I look at it everyday as a reminder. At Truman High School every student is required to participate in our school wide leadership class. With the students assigned to me, I try my best to give an AL spin on it. My biggest takeaway from AL is that EVERYONE has the ability to lead - they just need to know how. I try to embody those pillars daily. I actually have a student who is currently in ALY!"


Thanks to all of our alumni who are inspiring students to see the leadership potential in themselves.

Get the Most from the AL Nation with LinkedIn

Are you part of the Advancing Leadership LinkedIn Group? Facebook is fun, but LinkedIn is the best way to keep up with your AL and ALY friends in the worlds of business and volunteerism. Our LinkedIn group is a just for our participants and alums, board and program volunteers, partners and supporters - the AL Nation. All it takes is a request to join, and you'll be connected to a network of potential employers and employees, volunteers and collaborators, and so much more. See you there!


Take AL Shopping With You

If you do any of your shopping at Fred Meyer stores or online at Amazon, your purchases can earn donation dollars for Advancing Leadership at no cost to you!


Sign up for this program online or in the store. Once you have a Fred Meyer Rewards account, sign in and select Advancing Leadership Foundation (our organization number is 86011) to earn rewards for us every time you shop.


Instead of starting at amazon.com, go to smile.amazon.com and sign into your Amazon account.  From there, go the "your account" drop down menu and select Advancing Leadership Foundation as your charity. Amazon will send us a donation of .5% of your total purchases.


These simple steps make you an ongoing supporter of the AL and ALY programs  - absolutely free.  Thanks for taking us shopping with you.

In This Issue
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Alumni News
Jordan Crahan, ALY '12  had his editorial on the value of internships published in the Federal Way Mirror.


Suzanne Fletcher, AL '05 is now Acting President of Seattle Hospitality Group; she is also volunteering with Mary's Place in Seattle. 
Liberty Knerr, AL '13 and family welcomed baby Cooper on September 24th.


Tyler Lum, ALY '14 was recognized by Reach Out Federal Way with it's Pay It Forward award for his community service raising money for homeless shelters.


Rediet Mulugata, ALY '06 has a new role as a National Recruiter & Houston Program Assistant at Mission Year.


Brandi Praytor-Marsters, AL '11 is now the Middle School Mentoring Coordinator at Gonzaga University.


Lori Santamaria, AL '10 is the new Board Chair for the Federal Way Chamber of Commerce; she's also AL Evening with the Star's offical bartender, so be there Oct. 4th to see her in action!


Jessica Slusser, AL '15 just received her Bachelor's - with honors - from Capella University


Morgan Stonefield, AL '15 has a new job as the Training Coordinator at ANEW (Apprenticeship & Nontraditional Employment for Women)


Matt Tibbles, AL '06, is now the Education Services Manager at W.I.S.H. (Women in Safe Homes) in Ketchikan, AK


Alumni Feedback
"Amazing program led by extraordinary people to help others learn more about themselves and the capabilities they may not know exist inside of themselves to lead their respective communities into the future." 
Brian Ailinger
AL '13
Alumni Feedback
"AL's program and specifically the Leadership Challenge material has helped me in my career. After comleting AL I attended Pacific Coast Banking School where I earned a graduate degree in Banking. I was pleasantly surprised to see the Leadership Challenge book was used in this program. Confirming what I already knew, AL has a top notch leadership training program." 
Dan Bogart
AL '08
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