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Institute of Leadership

Developing Courageous Leaders of Character

Whitworth University's Institute of Leadership is guided by the foundational principles of gratitude, humility and service. It harnesses the strength and collaborative power of business and community leaders to create a connected, passionate and continuously educated network of leader-citizens. The Institute of Leadership is designed to prepare and empower high-potential individuals to make innovative and sustainable impact in their positions of leadership.

This dynamic reinvention of leadership training is built upon an intensive retreat model, engaging participants in a three-part series of offsite weekend retreats located in scenic locations along the West Coast. They will have the opportunity to reflect and relate in a close community of peers. In this three-part series, participants will explore the history of leadership theory and practice – from classical to contemporary – and collaborate to develop a plan for personal and professional growth.

"This was the most transformative experience I have ever been a part of. I left inspired, motivated, and was able to connect with a community that I will have in my corner for the rest of my life. Thank you so much.”

Spencer Shanholtzer

Who should apply?

The Institute of Leadership seeks ambitious and high-achieving, rising professionals and activists who have a demonstrated track record of execution and results – who desire to lead with humility, gratitude and service in order to meaningfully and positively contribute to their organization, cause and/or community. If that's you, we'd love to chat.

2021 Update Report

Founding Sponsor

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Leadership Advisory Board

Phil DiPofi
CEO, Northwest Farm Credit Services

Jack Heath
President & COO, Washington Trust Bank

Latisha Hill
Vice President of Community and Economic Vitality, Avista

Marty Linsky
Retired Faculty, Harvard Kennedy School

Dan Mahoney
Retired, CEO, Hitachi and BAB member

Greg Mahugh
Retired COO, DAA Northwest

Charlotte Nemec
President & CEO, Canopy Credit Union

Kevin Parker
Owner, Dutch Bros Coffee

Julie Shiflett
Founding Partner, NorthWest CFO

Fred Stockton
Retired, CEO, Liquid Development, current Whitworth trustee and BAB member

Nancy Vorhees
Retired, COO, INHS

Ken Kress
CEO, BDS Connected Solutions, LLC

"The Institute of Leadership is a unique immersion experience that will indelibly impact the level of effectiveness of your leadership. This is a place where you share your failures and setbacks, while learning to convert those experiences to victories in your life and in your organization."

Kevin Parker