What We Do

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Leadership makes things happen. It identifies opportunities, shapes opinions, and meets challenges. Meeting these complex challenges requires a vigorous, informed group of leaders that represents all segments of our community.

Leadership Kitsap was originally organized in 1993 by the Bremerton Area chamber of Commerce in conjunction with all Kitsap chambers, and United Way of Kitsap County to reinforce the concept of informed and committed civic volunteerism. Its purpose is to provide focus for an effective group of alumni who respond to challenges facing our dynamic and evolving region.

Leadership Kitsap’s goal is to build a new and continuing source of fine leaders. The program brings together people from many professional fields (public and private), finance, manufacturing, construction, education, law, government, military, media, health care, utilities, retail and human services. It creates a structured system of communications among leaders from different sectors and constituencies, and facilitates access between the existing and the merging leadership of the community. Leadership Kitsap produces colleagues who can and will help each other get things done.

Above all, Leadership Kitsap promotes a breadth of vision and an understanding of the complexity of the Kitsap area and its public policy issues. It sharpens the leadership skills necessary to motivate and engage others in a collaborative effort to meet the challenges ahead.

Participants are selected annually through a competitive process. Leadership Kitsap’s goal is a cross section of individuals representing diverse interests, backgrounds and cultural experiences. The program lasts ten months and consists of two leadership retreats and eight forums centered on major public policy challenges. Small-group community projects to create change are an integral part of the curriculum.

Class of 2016

Audrey Barbakoff, Kitsap Regional Library
Heather Beckmann, City of Bainbridge Island
Damon Bell, Olympic College
Mary Berglind, Martha and Mary
Scott Billingsley, Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office
Rick Christenson, South Kitsap Fire and Rescue
Dana Coggon, Kitsap County Noxious Weed Control Program
Sheila Cox, NUWC – Keyport
Bill Davis, City of Bremerton
Rosalie Ferarra, Navy Region Northwest
Alexis Foster, Kitsap County Prosecutor’s Office
Denise Frey, YWCA
Matthew Hamner, Bainbridge Island Police Department
Emily Harding Hill, Noo-Keyet Development Corp.
Sherryl Hawes, Bremerton Housing Authority


John Hurley, Kitsap Community Resources
Tleena Ives, Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe
Lori Mannerude, Contract Management Services
Bob Miller, Puget Sound Naval Shipyard
Margret Mountjoy, City of Bremerton
Janice Riley, West Sound Treatment Center
Kody Russell, Kitsap Strong
Heidi Scheibner, Trillium Employment Service
Frank Shaw, Bremerton Police Department
Justin Sivill, Harrison Medical Center
Tonya Stone, Bay Vista Commons
Jon Tacey, Puget Sound Naval Shipyard
Diane Weber, NUWC-Keyport
Laura Wicklein, Port Madison Enterprises

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Leadership Kitsap follows the Positive Leadership curriculum, designed to help identify, expand and enhance seven leadership capacities. It is a clear and useful approach to leadership that can apply to established and emerging leaders in business, nonprofits, community organizations and municipal government, and it has a strong personal development component.

Positive Leadership recognizes seven core capacities: authenticity, purpose, reason, advocacy, community building, resilience, and gratitude. Developing and strengthening these leadership capacities leads to increasing leadership potential

OR ListeningAn Opening Retreat in September and a Leadership Development Day in October focus on personal and public leadership skills. Individual leadership styles are analyzed, as well as group process skills of consensus building and conflict resolution. These structured retreats link substantive community issues with more abstract concepts of leadership.

Challenge Days occur once a month. Each day examines a key community issue such as governance, economics, education, healthy communities, state government, public safety, arts & recreation, and environment & planning. Presenters with differing perspectives and leadership involvement in the community appear each month.

Challenge Day Dates 2015-2016

Community Projects fill part of the ten-month period. Class members divide into teams to identify a community need and collaborate with existing community organizations in researching the issue, acquiring the necessary resources, and implementing creative approaches to the problems and opportunities facing our region. View Projects List

How Can I Participate?

Leadership Class of 2016 is underway. Application for the Class of 2017 will be available here January 2016.

The year-long curriculum is designed to help participants acquire both a fuller sense of the critical issues affecting Kitsap County and also the leadership skills necessary to motivate and engage others in collaborative efforts to resolve them.

Selection Criteria
Leadership Kitsap class participants are selected through a competitive screening/interview process conducted by the Board of Directors. A limited number of individuals will be selected based on criteria including the following: commitment to civic involvement in Kitsap County, potential for community leadership, and professional as well as personal achievement.

TribeClass Member Commitment

Time commitment: Full participation by each member of Leadership Kitsap is critical. This includes attendance at:

  • Orientation  – Late August (2 Hours)
  • Opening Retreat – 2 Day, 1 overnight at Seabeck Conference Center
  • Monthly Challenge Days – Second Friday of each month from 7:45am to 4pm.
    October through May.
  • Leadership Development Day – 1st Friday in October
  • Personal Presentation – June Challenge Day
  • Service Projects – to be scheduled by groups
  • Graduation Celebration – Late June

It is vital that you and your employer understand and honor these commitments. If you are unable to commit to this schedule, please do not apply at this time.

Financial Commitment

Tuition for each participant in Leadership Kitsap is $1,950.00, of which at least $250.00 must be paid by the participant personally. Fees are considered due upon written acceptance to Leadership Kitsap and there are no refunds.
Selection Process – Application is a two-part process: (1) submit an electronic application to the Leadership Kitsap office by April 15, 2015 and (2) a personal interview.

Tuition – Tuition for the current curriculum year is $1950. At least $250 must be paid by the participant. The balance is usually paid by the participant’s employer or sponsoring organization. Partial scholarships are available.

Non – Discrimination – Leadership Kitsap does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, or physical ability.

Confidentiality – All applications are handled respectfully and with appropriate confidentiality.

Application Deadline – Class of 2016 application must be received no later than April 15, 2015.

Please contact the Leadership Kitsap Foundation office at (360) 782-1058 for further information.