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What Is Advancing Leadership?  Advancing Leadership (AL) and Advancing Leadership Youth (ALY) are intensive community leadership programs developed by the Federal Way Chamber of Commerce and its community partners. Since 1998, hundreds of local adults and youth have experienced the life-changing effects of our programs.


  We are currently accepting applications for the

AL Class of 2016! 

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Advancing Leadership History Advancing Leadership sprung from a fundamental need in Federal Way to have more of our community dynamically engaged.  The spirit of the name “Advancing Leadership” derived from various conceptual aspects pulled from The Leadership Challenge by James Kouzes and Barry Pozner.   It was about inspiring the leadership potential that resides in a diverse population which may not have necessarily recognized those traits or have previously applied them in a highly visible way. We purposefully directed our efforts toward individuals who were innately “life-long learners” with capacity, self-motivation and a high degree of commitment to community. This was not about:

  • “pulling” others into leadership
  • directly modeling the kind of leadership that says “follow me, troops”
  • telling the Learner, “This is leadership – do it our way.”

 It was, in its simplest form, to inspire, to encourage, to engage … to “advance” leadership.”


 Meet Our New Executive Director!  Lawrence Portrait

We are excited to welcome Lawrence Garrett, a 2010 graduate of Advancing Leadership, as our new executive director. Lawrence began researching best practices in leadership development as a student at Howard University, and is now a nationally recognized speaker on this subject. In addition to his work as a speaker, facilitator and board member with Advancing Leadership, he has been a regular speaker in the Puget Sound area for organizations as diverse as the Seattle Urban League, area churches and Federal Way Public Schools.

Read more about Lawrence.


What Is Advancing Leadership  Visit the Adult Program and Youth Program pages for details on our programs and current participants. Our alumni are achieving great things at work, at school and in their communities. Learn more on the Alumni page.  We are currently seeking partners to help us improve our programs and expand our impact. You can Get Involved as a business partner or an individual volunteer.


Sometimes you just have to be there.  You can – by watching our video channel, viewing our photostream on Flickr, liking our Facebook Page and subscribing to our quarterly e-newsletter. Check back often to see for yourself just how transformative Advancing Leadership and Advancing Leadership Youth can be for participants and the community.


Advancing Leadership is proud to partner with Mike Dziak and  EVI Productions,

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Ed Streit

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