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Community Leadership Speaker Series

To foster community and leadership, LCC launched the Community Leadership Speaker Series to provide an opportunity for LCC alumni, current classmates and the general public to connect directly to fellow community leaders in an intimate setting.

Leadership Speaker Series events are also designed to encourage informal dialogue and participant engagement as featured speakers share their insights regarding key issues affecting Clark County and their personal approach to leadership. 


This program is held two to three times each year, allowing community leaders to engage with and help us learn about their leadership goals, challenges and opportunities.

Each session brings a unique community focus on subjects such as local government, education and more.

Sessions also include a continental breakfast and run approximately 90 minutes in length. Seating is limited, purchase your tickets early.

Please check the upcoming event section for updates on our next Leadership Speaker Series event.

Past Speakers

Marc Boldt, Chair, Board of County Councilors
Mark McCauley, Acting County Manager, Clark County
Mel Netzhammer, Chancellor, WSU Vancouver
Bob Knight, President, Clark College
Mike Bomar, President, Columbia River Economic Development Council
Alicia "Lisa" L. Lowe, Shareholder, Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt
Jennifer Rhoads, President, Community Foundation for Southwest Washington
Paul Speer, Partner at Social Venture Partners
Jeanne Kojis, Executive Director, Nonprofit Network Southwest Washington
Phoebe Kruger, Vice President, Relationship Banking Officer, Pacific Continental Bank
Leah Greenwood, Director of Property and Asset Management, Vancouver Housing Authority
Andy Silver, Executive Director, Council for the Homeless
Charlene Dahlen, Executive Director, Community Housing Resource Center
Craig Lyons, Key Property Services

Upcoming Events

Join Leadership Clark County on Friday, February 15th from 7:30 to 9am for a spirited discussion about workforce development at Innovative Services NW.  Not sure “spirited” and “workforce development” go together?  Come find out how our community leaders intentionally and strategically invest in creating the future workforce.  The panel will include Kevin Perkey, CEO at Workforce Southwest Washington, Jay Schmidt, Executive VP & General Manager of Silicon Forest, Genevieve Howard, Clark College Dean of Workforce, Career & Technical Education, and Miriam Martin, Director of Programs at Workforce Southwest Washington.  Their "behind-the-scenes" work will amaze you and deepen your knowledge of our community’s assets. Also joining us is Jeanne Bennett, our special guest MC.

Doors open at 7am. Enjoy a light continental breakfast, great people and engaging conversation. Get your tickets today!

Special thanks to Innovative Services NW. The event will be held in their 3rd floor training room, located at 9414 NE Fourth Plain Blvd, Vancouver, WA 98662. Park in Visitor Parking away from the building entrance (save parking spots closest to the front door for clients with special needs). 

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Leaders in our community are doing great things to improve where we live, work and raise our families. Learn about challenges which impact our communities and hear about by the great work being done! Much like a town hall meeting, individuals can engage face to face with local leaders and hear their messages first hand. We hope you'll share what you learn with others.


Advance tickets are $20 each, $30 at the door, and include a light continental breakfast. Purchase your tickets today!

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Questions about the speakers series and requests to speak with attendees about their experience can be sent to or call (360) 567-1085.


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