Almost SOLD OUT!

This year, for the first time ever, the Evening with the Stars Spaghetti Dinner is almost  SOLD OUT !  The event will be held  Saturday, October 8 from 5:30PM to 9PM  at the  Federal Way Community Center .  Don't wait until it's too late to get your tickets - act now!

The Triumph Continues

AL will be recognized with the  COMMUNITY IMPACT AWARD  at the annual Greater Federal Way Chamber of Commerce Gala in November. The award recognizes leadership which serves as a model of inspiration in personal, professional and volunteer efforts. None of this would be possible without your service and support for us over the years - thank you! We will be acknowledged with this award on  November 12  from  6:00PM to 10PM.

ALY Alumni Summer Mix

On a beautiful Saturday afternoon, Alumni from  Classes 2005 to 2016  gathered at Jerry Korum's home to meet with new and familiar faces. From our people bingo, to the basketball game, Alumni had time to reconnect in fun and meaningful ways. As a special treat they had  Nikhil Bedhi  from the  Class of 2011  speak to how the program has helped shape his life and career as he begins his job with LinkedIn.  Also,  Alumni were not the only ones in attendance,  Teri Hickel  made an appearance and former students had the chance to chat with the woman who shaped the AL program. If you missed this year's mixer we hope to catch you next summer!
Captain AL 2010

Captain Alex Charoni is quite the superstar!  He has recently received the Executive Fire Officer Recognition for his outstanding service and commitment through South King County Fire & Rescue. Way to go Alex!  Only ~200 students nationwide are a dmitted to the p rogram each year and applicants must be  identified as key leaders of their organizations and possess at least a Bachelor's degree. There are only two EFO's at South King Fire & Rescue , Chief Church and now Captain Alex Charoni!

ALY  (Advancing Leadership Youth | ALY 2.0  (Second Year ALY | ALA  (Advancing Leadership Adults)
Bridging A Gap

The  2017 ALY Class  met for a two-day opening retreat at Federal Way's City Hall. They learned what "color" group they belonged to based on results from the ir personality profile, created class norms to hold themselves and others accountable, played games, bonded and had a blast!  The class chose  "Bridging a Gap"  or "B.A.G." as the client for their team project. B.A.G. provides backpacks of food to students to take home over weekends and holidays, and are looking to expand their program to more schools within the Federal Way School District.

This class is motivated, ready to learn, very social and fun-loving. Watch for great things to come from these talented student leaders!
We are #IntentionAL

The  2017 AL Adult Class  also met for a two day opening retreat.  Representatives from Xerox, Federal Way Public Schools, Federal Way Fire Department, the City of Federal Way, Federal Way Noon Rotary, Kiwanis and many more organizations came together for two days of learning about themselves and each other.

What's unique about this year's class is they started a  Facebook Group prior to the program year and they all had an opportunity to watch project videos three weeks before the class started giving them additional prep time to thoroughly research every organization. This opportunity should allow them to make a decision on a client sooner which in turn will allow them more time to work on the actual project!  No guarantees, but if nothing else, it allows us as an organization to lead by example through practice of being more #intentionAL with our project management process.

Welcome ALA Class of 2017!
Because of You..

Advancing Leadership would like to thank our generous local sponsors for their commitment to providing the resources we need to deliver exceptional service to our learners and the Federal Way Community!  The only way we flourish is through you!
Did Someone Say UPS?

The  2017 ALY 2.0 Class  kicked off their year with a visit to United Parcel Service (UPS) in Pacific, WA. Several UPS managers were on hand to provide a day of learning, competition and inspiration. The students enjoyed sorting packages, loading trucks and timed package delivery exercises.  Meri Ibrahimi, a senior at  Federal Way High School , recalls, "It was eye-opening to understand the impact of remaining engaged and assertive, to take care of ourselves and others, to respect the contributions of our teammates, be patient and kind, and lead by example. Every part of every job was extremely necessary and valuable, and it was amazing being able to see what  good leadership and service  could bring employees 10, 20, 30, 40 years into the future!"  What's next for this class?  The  Boeing Everett plant in September.  What a way to begin the year!
~Featured Sponsors~
  • Did you know that our success depends on you?  Without the continued support of our Sponsors we would not survive.  We are proud to feature two exceptional sponsors for their continuous generosity and support: St. Francis Federal Way and Xerox Corporation.
Let's Not Say Goodbye

Congratulations AL 2016! It's been a pleasure to serve by your side over the last year but we all the know that the real journey just started. Now as graduates of the program, here's what the AL community is expecting to see from you:
  • More Involvement in the Community: With the knowledge, exposure and connections you have gained, we are expecting to see your volunteer hours go up! Go serve on a board, join a committee, support a service day -or heck, even run for office!
  • Be Promoted: You've had the opportunity to sharpen your leadership skills so now is the time to put them to use!  Remember it's your time to model the way.
  • Continue to Grow Your Project: Your project was chosen for a reason, so take it the next level! Your class legacy depends on it (kidding.. but not kidding).
  • Stay Connected: What this looks like is up to you. You can join one of AL's five volunteer committees: Finance, Governance, Program, Marketing or Resource Development.  Always feel free to reach out to us at anytime - we have an open door policy!~
Most importantly,  DON'T BE A STRANGER. Let us know what you are doing, how you're growing and how the AL org can do better.  Until then.. Congratulations to Advancing Your Leadership! 
Board Talk..

The staff and current board of Advancing Leadership are happy to welcome new board members Doug Hedger, Craig Nicholson and Dr. Dani Pfieffer!
  • Doug Hedger is VP of Commercial Banking for Banner Bank in Seattle, WA.  He brings over 25 years' banking experience.  Mr. Hedger is involved with many organizations, including Federal Way Noon Rotary, Washington State Child Care Resource & Referral Network and Meeker Middle School PTSA.
  • Craig Nicholson is presently Corporate Accounting Manager at Weyerhaeuser in Federal Way. Mr. Nicholson brings over 13 years accounting expertise and has a BA from the University of Washington.
  • Dr. Dani Pfieffer is the Deputy Superintendent with Federal Way Public Schools.  She holds degrees from Oklahoma State University and Western Washington University. Ms. Pfieffer was honored as a First Team Academic All-American.  She attributes her success to being a student first and then an athlete.
Watch Our 1st #CommerciAL..
Thank you to all of our valued sponsors, past, present and future.. we love YOU!