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Registration is open for Spring TableTalks & BoardTalks. If you are a nonprofit professional or serve on a nonprofit board, these facilitated peer-learning groups are an ideal way to build skills and knowledge, discuss timely issues, and connect with others 

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In This Issue
January 2019
Message from LT's Board Chair: 
Bob Luciano, LT'02
Like many of you, Leadership Tomorrow has had a huge impact on my life. First and foremost, I have formed life-long friendships and relationships from my class year. My lab team continues to meet once or twice a year, and we graduated from LT in 2002!   

Often in our busy lives, it is easy to put your head down and drive forward with what's in front of you. I value how LT gives us opportunities to stay connected to our community and engaged in our learning. 

The strategic plan calls for LT to formalize this even more. We envision offering more opportunities to continue learning about regional issues and timely topics, and creating more ways to plug into the community. See Sue's article below for more details about LT's strategic plan and our exciting ideas for the future! 
From LT's Executive Director
Dear LT Family:

Happy New Year! For me, the beginning of the calendar year offers an opportunity for both reflection and new approaches. I want to share with you some of the new things happening at LT.
 
New Strategic Plan : The Strategic Plan clarified what makes LT unique and valuable, and it is summarized in this statement: A healthy community requires engaged leaders who can work together. Leadership Tomorrow inspires, prepares, and connects leaders across the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. LT cultivates leaders who think systemically, operate collaboratively, and drive solutions that move us forward to a more resilient and equitable community.    

The plan provides staff with clear direction on how to prioritize resources and activities, so that we can continue to fill that unique, valuable role in the years to come. Our alumni are highly sought after as employees, board members, volunteers, and civic leaders. We are excited to find new ways to engage and support your lifelong commitment to learning, and to leveraging the leadership you bring to the issues our communities face.
 
New staff : We are growing to serve you better.  Rebeca Rivera , LT's new Alumni Engagement Manager, was hired this month to focus on ways to better mobilize, engage, and connect our alumni, with each other, with Leadership Tomorrow, and with the broader community. Look for more news this year on an interactive database and innovative programming.
 
New ways to get involved with LT : If you are looking to connect more with Leadership Tomorrow, be sure to complete this  volunteer survey . As we grow, we will also create systems for you to get more engaged in the community, perhaps even reconnect with passions or interests discovered during your LT year.
 
New curriculum : The Flagship Program continues to evolve and grow. Check out the latest Challenge Day summaries with relevant resources on our  website .

New website : Be sure to visit our  alumni page   to read about the wild and wonderful activities of LT alums.   
 
New Programming : We are offering opportunities to learn to facilitate discussions about race, hear from leaders, and meet alumni in your neighborhood.  See event listings here
 
As always, I welcome your thoughts and ideas. 

Warmly,
Sue Bennett, LT'94
View from the Class: Monica Parker, LT'19
Rainier Scholars
What are you learning?
I'm learning so much about the challenges the Puget Sound region faces. LT provides us with the opportunity to go in-depth on a variety of issues and really wrestle with them. It's both fascinating and sobering.  

What has surprised you? 
What surprises me is how connected I feel to my cohort members already. It has only been a few months; and, yet, I walk into our meetings and see a lot of familiar, friendly faces. LT provides a great forum for building relationships across industry sectors through the retreats, Challenge Days, and labs.

What has challenged you? 
What challenges me is the depth and complexity of the issues. It's not surprising, but it is frustrating how entrenched and intractable some of the issues appear to be. Also, it can be challenging to interact with so many different personalities and leadership styles in the room, but it has also been an enlightening experience. It's an experience I believe I'll appreciate more over the months and years to come.
View from the Class: Mario Sawaya, LT'19
AECOM
What are you learning?
Having worked in corporate America for my entire professional career, social issues have always felt very much at the periphery of my professional and personal life. It felt like working for large, publicly traded companies meant that I was part of the problem and, therefore, couldn't be part of the solution. LT has helped me begin understanding how to use my position of influence to positively impact my company's corporate culture and the communities that we touch. This became particularly poignant as a result of our first lab, during which my group interviewed John Schoettler, an influential leader at Amazon who was using his position of influence to address serious community issues affecting the Puget Sound Region, while still furthering the objectives of his own organization.

What has surprised you?
Before beginning LT, I had my doubts as to whether it was for me. Even after starting, I thought "I don't really belong here with all of these passionate and well-informed people." Little did I know, however, that this is exactly what I needed to take both my emotional development and my career to the next level. Being surrounded by a class of 80 incredibly passionate, well-intentioned, honest, and driven leaders has pushed me to challenge myself in ways that I had not considered in a very long time. It has shaped the way that I view leadership.
 
What has challenged you?
As I mentioned, working in the private sector has always left me feeling very removed from conversations about our pressing social issues. It simply wasn't the focal point of my day-to-day life. It was also easy for me to discount myself as helpless in influencing corporate culture. My experience in LT has challenged me to re-evaluate my own ability and responsibility to define and shape that culture. While it has been emotionally difficult for me to take ownership for my part in the status-quo, it has also been empowering in the sense that I now feel a greater sense of control over my ability to shape a better future.
Donor Spotlight: Mary Pugh, LT'86
Pugh Capital Management
As a nonprofit, LT depends on the generosity of our corporate and individual donors to continue our mission of cultivating, inspiring, connecting, and engaging an effective community of leaders. Mary is a long-time supporter of LT, and we are so grateful for her partnership. We simply couldn't do the work we do without people like Mary.

Tell us a little about yourself and what you do for work.
I was born and raised in Seattle, and my husband Michael and I have two adult children. I am CEO and Chief Investment Officer for Pugh Capital Management. The firm, which was founded in 1991, manages fixed income investments for institutional clients, such as corporate and public pension plans, endowments, and foundations. Our company is intentionally diverse, and we are committed to doing our share to help change and impact the face of the institutional investment community. 

You went through the program in 1986. Can you tell us what benefits you gained from the program?
The caliber of the Leadership Tomorrow network is a valuable resource. Personally, the program provided an opportunity to stretch my horizons beyond my financially focused career and helped me develop an external peer group of successful leaders. We forged wonderful relationships while being immersed in regionally focused social and community issues. 

Why do you choose to support LT each year?
I like the mission, vision, and execution of the program, and it is nice to be in a position to give back. LT is a program that is making a difference in developing diverse leaders to be impactful in our community. It stretches people in ways that are often uncomfortable but ultimately valuable. LT is helping evolve the servant leadership culture throughout our community. The experience is unique and valuable in ways that are not typically explored in corporate America.

In your opinion, what impact is LT having in the region?
LT has a diversity and servant leadership focus that is leveraged throughout our region, as their graduates now populate the executive ranks of many of our corporate, public, and nonprofit organizations. LT has created a common platform of understanding, while also addressing challenging issues in a direct manner.
Upcoming LT Events
Meet Your LT Neighbor
February 12, 2019 (hours vary depending on location)
Meet the LT alumni in your neighborhood over drinks or dinner on Tuesday, February 12, 2019. Choose from eight locations throughout the region. Register  here .

Conversations with Leaders, Seattle Chief of Police, Carmen Best
February 26, 2019, 5:30-7:00 p.m.
Join us for a conversation with Seattle's Chief of Police, Carmen Best. Learn about Chief Best's leadership journey, her priorities in her new role, and the challenges and opportunities facing our region. The discussion will be moderated by Ruchika Tulshyan, LT'16, award-winning journalist and author. Register here.

Simple Practices for Complex Times
April 16, 2019, 5:30-7:30 p.m. 
Save the date for LT's upcoming workshop where we will explore how we can lead in a volatile, complex, and uncertain world.

Crosscut Festival: Big Issues. Bold Ideas
May 3-4, 2019
Crosscut presents two days of thought-provoking conversations and innovative thinking, tackling the most important issues of our times. Journalists, politicians, authors, and newsmakers from our community and around the nation come together to take a hard look at the people, policy and events that shape our lives.  The Kerry & Linda Killinger Foundation is hosting a private lunch for LT alumni and their guests on May 4.

Registration and Discount Code: Use promo code Leadership (case sensitive) to receive 20% discount on any ticket price for you and one guest. Purchase your ticket(s)  here.
Note: Must register with discount code prior to April 1.

LT'19 Graduation & Alumni Reunion
June 18, 2019, 5:30-8:00 p.m.
Mark your calendar for LT's Graduation and Alumni Reunion. Celebrate the graduating class and welcome them to the LT family while also connecting with your classmates and the LT network. This is an LT event you don't want to miss! Stay tuned for the official invitation.  
Grapevine
We are so proud of our alumni! Read the updates below to see how LT alumni are driving change, growing in their careers, and much more. If you have an update you would like to share with the LT network, email Megan Rudolph at megan@leadershiptomorrowseattle.org.

1987:  LueRachelle Brim-Atkins,  president of Seattle-Limbe Sister City Association (SLSCA), has won the Sister Cities International 2018 Volunteer of the Year Award. The award, open to over 500 sister city programs nationwide, recognizes the accomplishments of an outstanding individual involved in a community sister city program, promoting peace through mutual respect, understanding, and cooperation.  Learn more about this award here.

1998:  Faith Pettis was appointed by Washington Governor Jay Inslee to Western Washington University's Board of Trustees. Her six-year term started in October 2018. Read the full press release from the Western Washington University Additionally, Faith was awarded The Senator Scott White Regional Leadership Award  by the Seattle Chamber of Commerce at its 2018 Regional Leadership Conference.  The Senator Scott White Award honors individuals who build bridges between competing interests, demonstrate a willingness to take on big problems, and move policy issues from discussion to action. 

2000: Kristina Mayer was appointed by Washington Governor Jay Inslee to the Washington State Charter School Commission. She serves as the Chair of the Authorizing Committee, is Vice Chair of the Board, and she serves on the Executive Committee.

2002: Shepherd Siegel recently published his book Disruptive Play: The Trickster in Politics and Culture.  Learn more on Shepherd's website.

2008: Mary Beth Lambert is now the Director of Marketing & Communications at University Prep.

2008: Natalie Vega O'Neil is now President & CEO of Junior Achievement of Washington.

2009: Yuka Renee Bryce has accepted a new position as Manager, Design and Construction at Virginia Mason Medical Center.

2010: Rebecca Wilson is now serving as the Burke Museum Association Board President.

2012: David Perez was promoted to Partner at Perkins Coie.

2013: Virginia Gleason is currently serving as the Deputy Director of the Oakland Police Department, assisting the city in compliance with their Federal Consent Decree and overseeing the Bureau of Services.

2013 and 2017: Frank Nam, LT'13, and Ben Reuler, LT'17, participated in the
Evergrey's Giving Guide , lending their expertise to those who want to help on local issues. 

2013:  Tania Park and her husband welcomed their second child, Addison Yae Bin Park, born mid-January weighing 7 lbs, 4 oz.

2014:  In November 2018, Justin Clark and his wife welcomed their first child, Quinten.

2014: Amanda Daflos was recognized as the number one influencer in local government on the Chris Traeger List. This list selects leaders based on their influence in the community and professional association. Read more about Amanda and this award here.

2014: After working with Southwest Youth & Family Services for 20 years, Robert Gant has transitioned to King County Juvenile Courts to join the Executive Leadership team as the new Community Partnership Program Manager.

2014: Chris Gorey is now the Chief Growth Officer for Capital Benefit Group, a company that manages Association Health Plans.

2014: Jodi Mitchell was promoted to Senior Project Manager at Sound Transit.

2015: Emily Carrion has joined Rubica, Inc, a cybersecurity company for individuals, families, and teams, as their first Chief Marketing Officer.

2015: Mercy Daramola has started a new position as Manager, Post Secondary Readiness at Puget Sound ESD.

2015: Priya Frank was included in Seattle Magazine's "Seattle's Most Influential People of 2018" list. "Priya Frank, who joined the Seattle Art Museum in 2015 as associate director for community programs and built its equity team, is helping to put SAM at the forefront of community conversations about race and equity." Read the full article here. Priya was also a judge for Figgy Pudding and is featured in this video.

2015: Vanessa Laughlin's company that provides bereavement services, Banister Advisors, has launched a new website.

2015: Asa Tate was promoted to Senior Director, Mission Advancement at Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington.

2016: Hans Anderson was promoted to Client Service Partner at Slalom.

2016: Carrie Oshiro has accepted a new position as Principal Project Manager at Mott MacDonald.

2016: Julie Pham was nominated by the Evergrey as a Seattle Catalyst for her work in shaping Seattle's tech scene by getting tech workers from around the state involved in community projects. Watch Julie's interview. Julie also wrote an essay for the South Seattle Emerald about Seattle residents' passive tendencies. "As a native Seattleite, I know we accept our indirectness like we accept the rain. Being passive is an openly acknowledged cultural trait in the Pacific Northwest. Or is it? If we were less passive and indirect, how would our community change?" Read the article.

2016: Ruchika Tulshyan was named to the  2019 Thinkers50 "On the Radar" list . This list identifies 30 emerging global thinkers in the fields of management and leadership. 

2017: Nicole Bascomb  won the Seattle Magazine's Five Star 2018 Rising Star Real Estate Agent Award. Read more about the award here .

2017: Milkana Brace's company that she co-founded, Jargon, was featured in
Geekwire for its work to translate voice apps into other languages. Read the article.

2017: Steve Hirjak was promoted to Assistant Chief of Homeland Security and Special Operations at City of Seattle. Steve is now  the highest ranking Asian employee in SPD history and the first to join the command staff of SPD.

2017: Anjali Kaur has accepted a new position at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation as Senior Program Officer on the Global Policy and Advocacy team, leading the strategy and grantmaking portfolio to increase political commitment to and funding for HIV and tuberculosis.

2017: This past summer, Erin Murphy and her husband welcomed their baby boy, Ezra Navis Hickey.

2017: Laurie Tempest has transitioned to a new role a PwC, serving as the Corporate Responsibility Senior Manager.

2018: Nishat Akhter has joined Amazon Web Services as Manager, Data Management.

2018: Clarice Chan is a 2019 White House Presidential Innovation Fellow, serving the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. She is working to bring design thinking and digital transformation to help modernize government, increase the usability and accessibility of services to veterans, and drive cross-sector thought leadership to better serve citizens.

2018: Gary Cooper has moved into a new role at Amazon, joining the Global Diversity and Inclusion Organization as a Product Manager. He'll manage the internal conferences as a mechanism to build cultural competencies and foster an inclusive environment.

2018: Shkelqim Kelmendi has joined the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce as the Executive Director of the Housing Resource Center (HRC), a new initiative that connects people experiencing homelessness to affordable private rental units. HRC will work with the people who own or manage private units to determine what is available. Then, HRC shares what is available with local community service providers so that those organizations can link their clients to available units. 

2018: Leah Missik has accepted a new position as Washington Transportation Policy Manager at Climate Solutions.

2018: Adam Rohde has accepted a new position as Chief Construction Officer at Sustainable Living Innovations (SLI), a start-up integrated development/technology firm. 

2019: Girmay Zahilay has moved into a new role as Co-Founder and President of Rising Leaders, Inc., a nonprofit organization that empowers underserved middle school students through high-quality mentorship and leadership development training. 
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