April 11, 2016
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AWB Institute

Nominate young employer-leaders to grow through AWB's Leadership Washington program

Leadership Washington is the state’s premier development program for the next generation of statewide business leaders. The mission of Leadership Washington is to develop articulate, thoughtful and well-informed leaders who can guide Washington state industry in a globally-competitive economy. At each session, participants are exposed to diverse industry sectors, including agriculture, energy, health care, high-tech, military and manufacturing.

Learn more at the all-new AWB Institute website – and note that now is the time to apply to be part of the Leadership Washington Class of 2017. Applications are due by June 30 and the first meeting of the new class takes place at the AWB Policy Summit September 13-15.

And while applications are being accepted for Leadership Washington Class of 2017, the Class of 2016 continues its year-long slate of meetings. The group finished a visit to Olympia in January and will meet again this month in Bellingham/Mt. Vernon, concluding with a visit to Spokane, where the Class of 2016 will graduate at AWB’s Spring Meeting on June 15.

The inaugural class of 2015 explains the value of Leadership Washington in this video, and called the year-long program "a phenomenal experience."

Industry leaders and their staff interested in participating in the program should contact Jackie Riley 360.943.1600 or JackieR@awb.org to learn more about this exclusive look at Washington state's industries, economy and the issues that will shape its future.

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