A Program of
Leadership Thurston County is a community-driven, experience-based leadership program. Each year's class consists of 35 participants who come from the private sector, public sector, non-profit organizations, and as interested community members. Typically, participants collectively are involved with more than a hundred different organizations.
LTC runs from September through June and includes an opening and closing retreat, monthly daylong sessions called Challenge Days, and individual and group projects that are completed outside of class time.
The curriculum is carefully designed to reflect the interrelationships of issues and to develop knowledge of community leadership. Days are planned by the Board of Regents Curriculum Committee, graduates of the previous year’s class and the program coordinator. The monthly Challenge Days focus on a different topic each month, including education, business and economic development, government, health and human services, art and culture, law and justice, and the environment.
Topics are explored through speakers, discussion groups, field visits and homework. LTC participants gain insight into how community decisions are made, who makes them and what alters and influences these decisions.
Through Leadership Thurston County, our community gains a knowledgeable, motivated pool of potential directors, managers, elected officials and volunteers to serve local businesses, public agencies and community organizations. Participants learn about local issues, explore ways to get involved and make life-long friends and professional connections.
The Year after Graduation
Involvement by participants the year after graduation is an important part of the program. By helping plan a Challenge Day or other activity, graduates enrich LTC with their skills and expertise and continue to build their community connections and knowledge.
"During my years on the LTC leadership team, I’ve been continually reminded that people define leadership differently. No matter what ‘your’ definition of leadership, LTC provides graduates the power of knowledge, which supports informed decision making, creates a true sense of community, and inspires deeper involvement."
Regional Development Director, Constant Contact
2004 LTC Graduate
Former LTC Board Member