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 2014-2015*:

  • Orientation Sept 17 Sept 24 – 9:00a – 5:00p
  • Oct 15 – 8:00a – 1:00p
  • Nov 19 – 8:00a – 1:00p
  • Dec 17 – 9:00a – 1:00p (NOTE: special start time)
  • Jan 21 – 8:00a – 1:00p
  • Feb 18 – 8:00a – 1:00p
  • Mar 18 – 8:00a – 1:00p
  • Apr 15 – 8:00a – 1:00p
  • Capstone Sessions May14 & 20 8:00a-1:00p
  • 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

Beginning with the 2-14-15 class year, ALC members will be required to work 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. Both sessions are required attendance dates for class participants. More information about refinements and additional direction on Capstone projects will be provided during the first few sessions.

Service Time Requirement

ALC is open to staff with a minimum of 3 years service time. See the FAQ page for more information.


The 2014-2015 application process is open July 14 through 5:00 p.m. August 1. Please note, due to timing issues there will be no extension offered.  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!