Advancement Leadership Class

Program Description

The Advancement Leadership Class (ALC) is a one-of-a-kind program designed to develop and enhance the University’s next generation of thought leaders from among a diverse group of Advancement professionals. As a result of their ALC participation, “graduates” have a greater understanding of issues and challenges faced by our profession, the UW, higher education, and the unique role we play in the world. The program exposes participants to those in the highest positions of leadership at the University and our community. It promotes dialog and collaboration among its members fostering personal growth as a result. The ALC also provides time and opportunity for deeper thought and reflection upon related topics and challenges each class member to present those thoughts via a Capstone project. These Capstone projects are expected to present ideas, innovations and observations that are worthy of consideration by the larger Advancement and UW community.

Session Format

The ALC program consists of an orientation and 9 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. 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 2015-2016*:

  • Orientation Sep 23 – 9:00a – 5:00p
  • Oct 21 –   8:00a – 1:00p
  • Nov 18 –   8:00a – 1:00p
  • Dec 16 –   9:00a – 1:00p  (NOTE: special start time)
  • Jan 20 –   8:00a – 1:00p
  • Feb 17 –   8:00a – 1:00p
  • Mar 16 –   8:00a – 1:00p
  • Apr 20  –   8:00a – 1:00p
  • Capstone Sessions May 18 & 25 8a-1p
  • Graduation Jun 8, 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 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 2015-2016 application process is open June 26 through 5:00 p.m. July 24. 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 Edgar Gonzalez ( or Mark Lanum (


Thank you for your interest in the Advancement Leadership Class!