Advancement Leadership Class


UW Advancement Leadership Class

Program Description

The Advancement Leadership Class (ALC) is an intensive ten-month program designed to provide a comprehensive learning experience that enhances leadership skills among a diverse group of Advancement professionals. ALC participants will be better equipped to provide service, creativity, and leadership because they have a greater understanding of issues and challenges faced by the UW, higher education, and our profession. The program also promotes personal growth, dialog, and collaboration among its members.

Session Format

The ALC program consists of an orientation and ten half-day sessions beginning in September and concluding in June. Monthly sessions will be held from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Class locations may vary throughout the year. Individual sessions are designed to:

  • provide a deeper understanding of higher education issues and different facets of the University of Washington
  • expand personal and professional connections across Advancement units
  • enhances leadership skills by exposure to top leaders at the UW and beyond.

Rather than focusing on individual skill training (public speaking, resume building, etc), the program’s goal is to expose participants to a broad range of topics and information that will help them become more effective advancement leaders.

Program Commitment and Participation Expectations

As with all worthwhile endeavors, the program requires a definite commitment of time from participants. ALC participation is recognized as a formal work assignment and does not require any type of leave. However, in addition to scheduled monthly sessions, an additional commitment of personal time will be required for assigned readings related to monthly sessions and especially for completion of the Capstone project.

Required attendance dates for 2013-2014*:

  • Orientation Sep 18, 9a-5p
  • Oct 16 8a-1p
  • Nov 20, 8a-1p
  • Dec 18, 8a-1p
  • Jan 15, 8a-1p
  • Feb 19, 8a-1p
  • Mar 19, 8a-1p
  • Apr 16, 8a-1p
  • Capstone Sessions May14 & 21 8a-1p
  • Graduation Jun 4, 5:30 – 7:00p

*As attendance is required, if you know that you will be unavailable for more than one of these dates, please plan to apply in a future year.

Capstone Project

ALC members are asked to work individually or in pairs to plan and complete a professional level capstone project. Capstone projects are designed to add value or increase the operational effectiveness of a selected area or program within the broad scope of the University. Typically, past participants focused their work on Advancement related areas, including Communications, Alumni Relations, or Development, but this is not required. Capstone work begins with topic selection in the fall and builds through the winter and spring. Culminating capstone presentations are made during 1 of 2 sessions in May.


The 2013-2014 application process is open June 28  through 5:00 p.m., Friday, July 19, 2013.  through 5:00 p.m. July 26 (recently extended!) To apply, please complete the application form completely.

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For more information or answers to any questions you might have, please contact Kim Isaac ( or Mark Lanum (


Thank you for your interest in the Advancement Leadership Class!