Application Process

Thank you for your interest in Leadership Thurston County (LTC).  The Class of 2018 is full.  If you are interested in participating in a future program year, please email Alisha Blain, Program Coordinator, to be placed on the direct application email for the next class.

The purpose of LTC is to develop informed, connected, and engage community leaders. The program is designed to assist participants in acquiring a broad understanding of the complex issues facing the South Puget Sound region and building relationships that will facilitate collaborative efforts to embrace opportunities and resolve challenges.

Leadership Thurston County is a program of the Thurston County Chamber Foundation, a 501 (c) (3) educational, non-profit organization. Since 1994, over 550 people have completed the program.


Leadership Thurston County applicants are highly motivated, current and emerging leaders, who are committed to civic involvement and intend to assume key leadership roles. Applicants must live or work in Thurston County. A maximum of 40 people participate in the class each year, and we strive to recruit class members who reflect the diversity of our community.  We do only allow one representative per organization per class year.


Tuition for the 2017-2018 year is $2000. The full amount of tuition is due August 1, 2017. Payment plans may be arranged. Please contact the Program Coordinator at 360.357.8515 or email for information.


Leadership Thurston County does not discriminate against applicants or participants based on race, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, or physical ability.


For further information, please contact Alisha Blain, Program Coordinator, at 360.357.8515 or send an email.


The 10-month program will begin in September 2017 and ends in June 2018. The class meets monthly for daylong Challenge Days that focus on specific topics. The curriculum is experience-based and explores issues affecting our community through meetings and discussions with established leaders, site visits, individual projects and other activities.  Full participation and engagement is expected of all class members.

Class members are expected to attend all sessions, actively participate, and complete the occasional homework assignments.  The year after graduation, participants help plan and facilitate one Challenge Day for the following year’s class.

Printable Calendar Here 2017-2018 calendar

Date Time Topic
August 22-31* 1 hour Orientation Meeting
Thursday, September 7 8am – 5pm Opening Retreat
Thursday, October 5 8am – 5pm Scene Day
Thursday, November 2 8am – 5pm Education Day
Thursday, December 7 8am – 5pm Government Day
Thursday, January 4 8am – 5pm Business & Economic Development Day
Thursday, February 1 8am – 5pm Health & Human Services Day
Thursday, March 1 8am – 5pm Law & Justice Day
Thursday, April 5 8am – 5pm Arts & Culture Day
Thursday, May 3 8am – 5pm Environment Day
Thursday, June 7 8am – 5pm Closing Retreat
Wednesday, June 13 11am – 1pm Graduation

*Orientation meetings will be scheduled in August; class members are expected to attend one 1-hour orientation meeting.

  • Dates and topics may be subject to change
  • All Challenge Days are scheduled for the first Thursday of the month.  Graduation is scheduled for the second Wednesday in June.
  • Each Challenge Day ends with a class social.  Consider attending, if at all possible, as it enhances the program experience.