“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 together an event in connection with national leadership day.
But there was just one small problem.
National leadership day did not exist.
Yet that did not deter Coffey. Rather than abandon her plan, Coffey—the forward-thinking, entrepreneurial leader—created her own leadership day.
And others followed.
Thanks to Coffey’s leadership efforts (and the efforts of others), next Friday, October 14, will be the first-ever Leadership Day in Snohomish County. Cities throughout the county are participating, including Mukilteo, Everett, Lynnwood, Snohomish, Edmonds, Mill Creek, Marysville, Arlington, Darrington, Granite Falls, and Sultan. Other participating organizations include the Stillaguamish and Tulalip Tribes, the Port of Everett, Economic Alliance Snohomish County, Snohomish County, Sno-Isle Libraries, and local businesses.
“I’m stoked, I’m proud, and I’m really amazed that it happened,” Coffey said. “I’m amazed that we have been able to garner this much energy behind this event. All of these cities, the Tribes, businesses—all these people creating proclamations saying, ‘We believe in leadership.’ It kind of blows my mind.”
To kick off Leadership Day, Leadership Snohomish County is hosting a Community Engagement Breakfast at Everett Station on Friday, October 14 starting at 7:15 a.m. The breakfast features keynote speaker Jennifer Graves, Chief Executive of Swedish Edmonds. and Leadership Snohomish County will honor recipients of two new leadership-focused awards—Everett Clinic CEO Chris Knapp will receive the Distinguished Alumni Award, while Sno-Isle Libraries will receive the Community Partner Award.
In the future, Coffey’s vision for Leadership Day includes expanding to an entire day of county-wide opportunities to engage in meaningful leadership-focused projects.
That is because Coffey believes that leadership “starts with making a difference.”
“Leadership is about creating opportunities,” she said. “Opportunities to foster individuals getting to know themselves well enough to empower their own leaders in their own lives.”
Learn more about Snohomish County’s inaugural Leadership Day and about Leadership Snohomish County:
1. Click here to read the recent Everett Herald article on Leadership Day, including quotes from Kathy Coffey.
2. Click here to learn more about Leadership Day’s inaugural breakfast event.
3. Click here to visit the Leadership Snohomish County website.
4. Send us your thoughts on Leadership Day by clicking here. Are you planning to participate in Leadership Day? What events should be included in Leadership Day? What does leadership mean to you?