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At Leadership Launch, it is our firm belief that everyone — regardless of age or background — contains a spark of leadership. That spark is an integral part of us; it may grow dim, but it never dies. 


Based on this belief, we have established this Leadership Spark blog as a way to inspire, empower, and assist you in your leadership journey through resources, events, thoughts, quotes, leadership profiles, events, and other thoughtfully selected leadership items. 


Wherever you are on your own leadership journey—whether your leadership is an ember that needs fanning, or your leadership is ablaze and you just want someone to glow unapologetically with you—Leadership Launch wants to join you and offer you encouragement and opportunities along the way. 

In turn, please help us ignite leadership in others. What are your ideas for Leadership Spark?  Do you know a great leader in your community who should be featured here? What inspires you to be a great leader? What are some of your favorite leaders saying and doing to encourage leadership? Are there any books or studies about leadership that we should know about? Do you know of any upcoming events in Snohomish or King County area that could help people let their leader out, no matter what age?  Please pass along any suggestions for posts on this blog at LYLO@leadershiplaunch.org


We will continually add content to this blog, so make sure to like us on Facebook to receive notification regarding new updates.

March 8, 2017

Leadership Launch Executive Director Rachel Kittle has emerged from a group of more than 60 nominees as one of four finalists for the Second Annual Snohomish County Emerging Leader Award.  The Emerging Leader Award seeks to “honor the next generation of leadership in o...

February 21, 2017

“Mentoring isn’t about an outcome; it’s about the journey.  It’s a relationship, which is ongoing and fluid, with ebbs and flows.  And the relationship endures, even when life changes.”

~Rachel Kittle, Willamette University Magazine, Spring 2016

Willamette Universi...

October 10, 2016

 “We develop leaders for a lifetime.” 

This bold statement that is splashed across Leadership Snohomish County’s website is a critical component of the organization’s mission. 

Not long ago, Executive Director Kathy Coffey sought to advance this goal by putting toge...

February 29, 2016

 Recent research suggests that college graduates with liberal arts degrees are more likely to become community leaders and lead more satisfying lives.  Richard A. Detweiler, president of the Great Lakes Colleges Associations, presented his research on the value of a li...

February 26, 2016

The United Way of

Snohomish County recently announced a one-year grant program for community organizations focused on “breaking the cycle of poverty.”  Letters of intent must be submitted between March 1, 2016 and March 15, 2016.  Consistent with the United Way’s heart...

August 31, 2015


 When you think of a typical leader, what image comes to mind?  Forbes Leadership contributor Rob Asghar argues that too often in our society, we create an idealized image of a leader as loud, charismatic, and exuding confidence (such as the late Steve Jobs).  But...

August 13, 2015

As the construction industry in western Washington continues to boom, Workforce Snohomish wants to help.  Next Monday through Thursday (August 17-20), Workforce Snohomish will facilitate a four-day event free of charge to introduce youth ages 16-18 to the construction...

August 12, 2015

Teachers are increasingly leaping into school leadership positions nation-wide.  In March 2014, the U.S. Department of Education launched a “Teach to Lead” initiative to expand opportunities for teachers to become involved in school leadership.  The initiative began in...

July 4, 2015

The term "character" often brings to mind antiquated notions of being "prim and proper," saying "please" and "thank you," acting in a morally superior way, and trying to appear "perfect" in order to impress society. In short, I have often thought of character as acting...

July 4, 2015

When you think back to your high school prom, what memories come to mind? Magical? Monumental?   


Do your memories include expensive dresses, fancy dinners, corsages, and tuxedos?  Those were not in the cards for many women at Hope Place, a homeless women’s s...

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