December 21, 2015
2015 Year in Review

Successful Inaugural AWBI Leadership Washington Class Graduates, Second Begins

Dubbed the “silver tsunami,” the current generation of business leaders is retiring at a rapid pace. To help fill the void, AWB Institute created Leadership Washington. It is the state’s premiere program to mentor, train and prepare the next generation of business and civic leaders throughout the state.

The inaugural class participants were:

  • Paige Davis, Lane Powell PC, Seattle
  • Ben Doornink, St. Luke’s Rehabilitation Institute, Spokane
  • Emily Fleury, Inland Northwest Health Services, Spokane
  • Annette Herup, SGL Automotive Carbon Fibers, Moses Lake
  • David Howell, Avista, Spokane
  • Valerie Langston, State Farm, Tacoma
  • Gordon Matlock, Pacific Northwest National Laboratories, Richland
  • Philip Schafer, State Farm, Tacoma
  • Tonia Sorrell-Neal, Washington State Conference of Mason Contractors, Kirkland

The class featured six two-day tours in different industry sectors across the state. From health care to agriculture and high-tech to transportation, the first class learned how our dynamic industry sectors work together to make the economy strong. Participants received feedback and advice from top business leaders in the process.

The second class kicked off at the 2015 Policy Summit and includes 11 business professionals that will participate in seven regional and industry-specific tours around the state over the nine-month program that ends at Spring Meeting in June.

To learn more about Leadership Washington, contact AWB Institute’s Amy Anderson.

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2015 in Videos

Legislative Summit

Opportunity Washington

State of Manufacturing tour

Leadership Washington Class of 2015

Spring Meeting

Regional Meetings

Remembering Tom Fritz

Policy Summit

Opportunity Score

Manufacturing Summit

Lighting of the Holiday Kids' Tree