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October 10, 2017

Leadership Snohomish County Kicks Off 20th Anniversary Program Year

Twenty years of challenging, connecting, and discovering. Twenty years of new insight. Twenty years of diverse impact. 

Professionals from across the public, private and nonprofit sectors have once again gathered to launch another program year with Leadership Snohomish County. The organization was launched in partnership with the Everett Chamber of Commerce in 1997.

This year, 58 professionals were selected for the Signature Classes and 20 were selected for the Young Professionals class. With diverse backgrounds and talents, these Snohomish County business people will work individually as well as in teams to discover their true leadership abilities.

Kathy Coffey, Executive Director, joined LSC in 2015 and has led the organization through a strategic expansion of classes and community events. As the 20th anniversary year kicks off, she looks forward to working with these leaders to chart the course for the future in our region.

“The energy, commitment, and systems intelligence of this group of LSC classes are inspiring for me as to where our county can position itself for future growth,” Coffey said.

George Kosovich continues to facilitate the Young Professionals curriculum and projects, as he has done since 2011. He has a knack for guiding these class members who are ready to invest in their own development.  

“Every year, I say this might be the best group yet,” Kosovich said. “And each year, they raise the bar a little higher. The young talent in this county is just tremendous. It’s going to be a great journey.”

LSC is well supported by alumni volunteers as well as strong community partnerships and fiscal support from corporate sponsors.

Board President Kevin McKay is proud of the organization’s consistent focus on listening and responding to the needs of the community with ever-evolving programs.

“This program arose out of community collaboration and that spirit is very much alive today,” McKay said.

More than 600 professionals have graduated from LSC, sponsored by more than 100 employers from across Snohomish County as well as by philanthropic scholarships. During this 20th year, alumni are focused on building LSC’s scholarship program.

Tyler Chism and Garret Hunt of Live in Everett presenting during the Signature Class kickoff retreat. 

Tyler Chism and Garret Hunt of Live in Everett presenting during the Signature Class kickoff retreat. 


A video overview of Community Impact Projects, LSC Classes of 2016