Summer 2012
Vol 4, Issue 3

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 Envision eNews

Left:  AL '12 class at the launch their team project, Real World Federal Way, a job shadowing program for teens.
July begins the 2012-13 program year for AL and ALY.  Our recent grads have joined the alumni community, and we are excited to see all of the ways they will run with their new skills and connections.

Speaking of alumni, Advancing Leadership is really focusing on you this summer!  The results of our recent alumni survey are in, and we're using your input to improve ongoing service to you.  We're busy planning the next Evening with the Stars event - perfect to reconnect with your class - and ALY grads still in high school are going to experience the first ever second year program: ALY 2.0.

We're adding a new cloud-based contact management program and have started tweeting as well, both efforts to communicate with you more effectively.  Let us know what's working and what's missing.  We love to hear from you!

Yours in service,

Teri Hickel

Executive Director 
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2012 Evening with the Stars

AL eve with starsThe AL Alumni Committee is busy preparing for our second annual Evening with the Stars spaghetti dinner and auction - and it's going to be awesome!  Mark your calendars for Saturday, October 6th, 5 - 7 pm at the Federal Way Community Center.  Individual tickets are $20 each, and kids 10-under are free.  Here are some highlights of this family-friendly evening:


  • Guests will enjoy a complete spaghetti dinner, including drinks (non-alcoholic) and dessert
  • Table service will be provided by local celebrity waiters, including state legislators, the mayor and city council, FWPS superintendent and school board, judges, fire commissioners and more
  • Auction items for all interests and budgets will be available for bidding
  • Adult and youth alumni will share their leadership stories
  • The winner of the first annual Bob Wroblewski Servant Leadership Alumni Award will be announced

Watch your email for details on sponsorship opportunities and individual registration. If you are interested in title or table sponsorship, or if you would like to volunteer to help with this event, please contact Amye Bronson-Doherty at

Alumni Survey Results

Last month we completed a survey of AL and ALY alumni.  Respondents were asked about their experiences as a program participant and as a leader post-graduation.  The results revealed areas of strength and opportunities to improve.  Here are the highlights of your feedback:
  1. Alumni rated the value of AL/ALY segments in this order (highest first): site visits, speakers, group work, leadership training, team project. All segments averaged 3 or higher on a 4 point scale.
  2. When asked about the impact of AL/ALY on the respondent, individual and community development averaged 4.4 out of 5; professional development was slightly lower at 4.2 .
  3. In rating the value of the AL/ALY network for alumni, community-based networking averaged 2.9 out of 4, and professional and personal networking were each 2.8 out of 4 .
  4. Short answers describing most valuable aspects of AL/ALY revealed highly individualized experiences. This suggests that continuing to provide a diverse program of site visits, speakers and activities is critical in addressing every participant's needs and learning style.
  5. Responses to the question of individual program impact indicated several key trends: AL/ALY provided a 'community revelation' experience to most, even lifelong city residents; many people describe "finding my voice" or seeing themselves as leaders for the first time; most respondents graduated with a new passion for leadership and community service.
  6. Alumni indicated overwhelming desire to stay connected or reconnect with their own class, as well as AL-sponsored opportunities to interact with other alums.
We asked alumni to share their current leadership roles, and received some fantastic updates on professional, volunteer and personal work you are doing.  Look for some of these stories as features in upcoming issues of Envision.
A big thank you to everyone who took the time to complete this survey.  We take your input seriously, and are using it to improve our program for 2012-13 and beyond.
Modeling the Way: Honoring Our Outgoing Board Directors
As we close the 2011-12 program year, we are proud to honor the contributions of our outgoing board directors.

Dinah Herring, AL '09: Dinah connected with AL through Comcast, a premier partner for many years, where she is a Senior Account Executive.  Dinah was an enthusiastic participant in AL, and upon graduation she was asked to join the board, where she has been involved on several committees and finished her term as the board secretary.  Dinah helped coordinate our first Evening with the Stars event in 2011, and was an inspiring speaker at several program days and graduations.

Brady Nelson, AL '05: Brady is the agent owner of his Federal Way-based State Farm Insurance Agency.  His humor and insight as an AL participant caught the attention of our board, and he agreed to join them in 2006.  Brady served as board vice president in 2009-10 and president in 2010-11.  He also led several board committees, secured State Farm support for ALY and connected ALY participants to the State Farm Youth Advisory Board.

Lisa Skari, PhD, AL '04: Lisa is Vice President at Highline Community College, one of AL's long-term sponsors. For her team project, Lisa helped create the Advancing Leadership Youth program.  She joined the board following graduation, and has been the treasurer for two consecutive terms.  She also participated on finance, marketing and program committees, and helped create our current mission statement.

Advancing Leadership is grateful for the work and inspiration provided by these outstanding alumni and directors.


Challenging the Process: ALY 2.0
Lawrence Garrett, AL '10
Completing ALY is a fantastic accomplishment, but for many grads it's a bittersweet time.  After nine months of coming together with your class to learn, explore and challenge yourself, it can feel like there's suddenly a gap in your growth!


Beginning this fall, we are addressing this need with a second phase of our youth program: ALY 2.0.  "In the current ALY program, we give a great introduction to the community, leaders, and how everything works, but we don't have enough time to focus on individual student goals in depth," explains Teri Hickel, Executive Director.


Lawrence Garrett, AL '10, will be a key facilitator of ALY 2.0, and has done much of the background work to prepare curriculum. The focus and format of this second year program builds on  The Laws of Lifetime Growthwhich centers on learning by growth as opposed to goals. Lawrence has taught concepts from this book to both AL and ALY classes.
" Earlier this year Lawrence said to me, 'if I only knew at age 18 what I know now, what a difference it would have made,'" Teri recounts. "We created five important areas to focus on to arm the students for success outside of high school when they are on their own making critical decisions."
ALY grads who are still enrolled in high school will be eligible to participate.  In addition to ALY 2.0 sessions, they also have an opportunity to serve on the Superintendent's Student Advisory Committee, thanks to a partnership with Federal Way Public Schools.
Look for more information on this pilot program, and the ALY 2.0 inaugural class, in future newsletters.


Enabling Others to Act: AL '10 Donation to EX3 Teen Center

Some team projects have a way of continuing on beyond the original scope.  This is the case for AL '10, who's Unite Federal Way project focused on connecting at-risk youth and their families with community resources to help them stay in school and out of trouble.


As part of their fundraising, AL '10 held a golf tournament that was so successful, they raised more than they needed to fund their project.  After discussing it over several of their regular class get-togethers, the AL '10 alums decided to use the remaining funds in their project account to support the EX3 Teen Center, a division of Federal Way's Boys and Girls Club.


On June 19th, AL '10 grads Alex Charoni, Cindy Ducich, Kathryn Dunn, Lawrence Garrett, Rick Leavitt, Lori Santamaria, Addie Tseng and Chrysti Zimmerman, along with AL Board President Dan Shea and Vice President Jon McIntosh AL '99, presented a check for $900.00 to Shelley Puariea, Executive Director at EX3, along with youth involved in activities at the teen center.


"This class is committed to staying in touch and finding ways to be involved in the community together," noted AL Executive Director Teri Hickel.  "Their desire to utilize every penny of their fundraising to support youth is inspiring - and it made for great surprise gift to EX3!"


Welcome Our New Partners

We are honored to welcome the following funding partners for our 2012-13 program year:
Starbucks Foundation, $11,000 Youth Action Grant. This is Advancing Leadership Youth's second grant from Starbucks, and the continuation of an amazing partnership.  In addition to grant funds, Starbucks provides dozens of volunteer hours to supporting ALY, including a full day of training for our youth at their corporate headquarters in Seattle.  Starbucks store manager James Wagner is a recent AL '12 graduate, and we look forward to welcoming a new Starbucks partner to the AL '13 class.


Korum for Kids, $2500 Silver Sponsor. Jerry Korum has supported AL and ALY for several years, sponsoring the AL '10 fundraising golf tournament and the ALY '12 One Day Federal Way for the Homeless event, as well as inspiring our youth as a speaker at several ALY program days.  We are pleased to welcome the Korum for Kids Foundation as an official program sponsor for 2012-13.

Federal Way Rotary, $2500 Silver Sponsor. A past program sponsor, Rotary has maintained ties to Advancing Leadership for many years, most recently as a day sponsor for AL '12.  During the upcoming year, this servant-leadership focused professional organization will return as a major funder and work with us on developing other ways for our programs to collaborate in 2012-13.  We are also excited to have a Rotarian in the incoming AL '13 class.

AL Alums in the News

Congratulations to Lydia Dawson, AL '03, the King County Housing Authority's Living Green award honoree.  A flowering plum tree has been planted in her honor at King's Court.  "I was allowed to choose where I wanted it planted anywhere in King County, and I told them that Federal Way was the place...where I live, worship, volunteer/serve and play."

Way to go Cindy Ducich, AL '10, the recipient of Federal Way Rotary's Service Above Self award. Cindy is an active volunteer with the Federal Way Chamber of Commerce, Federal Way Communities in Schools, FUSION, Multi-Service Center and Centerstage.

Join us in welcoming Danny Peterson, AL '11, our newest staff member.  Danny has volunteered his time regularly since graduating the adult program. We'll be putting his skills to good use as he helps coordinate and prep our program days for AL and ALY '13.
In Memory: Lillian Yeh, AL '09

Lillian Yeh, AL '09, passed away April 14th, 2012 following a traffic accident that occurred on a family vacation.


Lillian worked at the City of Federal Way for several years, and was a warm and insightful member of the Advancing Leadership Class of 2009. As an alumnus, she was an active community volunteer as well as an accomplished painter.


Our deepest sympathies go out to her family.  We remember her fondly and appreciate her many contributions to family, community and the city during her time with us.

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