Alaska Humanities Forum Announces 2014 Leadership Anchorage Graduation
The Alaska Humanities Forum announces that 17 emerging leaders have successfully completed Leadership Anchorage, Alaska’s premier civic engagement and leadership development program. This 17th cohort comprises a diverse cross-section of Alaskan professionals who have been on a steady journey of learning since January, connecting to the community through dialogue, debate, advocacy, inquiry, and civic projects.
The graduation ceremony for Leadership Anchorage 17 took place on Tuesday, May 20 at Kincaid Park. Speakers included Sophie Minich, CEO of CIRI, and Jack Dalton, Alaska Native storyteller. Participants shared the results of their community projects and mentors joined to provide congratulations and comments to each participant.
As the ceremony concluded, graduates received copper pins to recognize their accomplishment. The custom pins were given to fellow graduate by Stephanie Kesler and handcrafted by artist Drew Michael, also a cohort 17 graduate.
The graduates are:
Project Engineer, Swift/Conoco Phillips
Program Associate, Alaska Community Foundation
Development Officer, University of Alaska Anchorage
Director of Education and Public Programs, Anchorage Museum
Philanthropy Officer, Providence Foundation
Alaska Regional Development Organizer, The Pride Foundation
Account Manager, The Chariot Group
Owner, Fine Point
Senior Technologist, GCI
Alaska Food Policy Council Coordinator, AmeriCorps VISTA
Artist, Life Expressions
Deputy Clerk Elections, Municipality of Anchorage
Advertising Executive, Alaska Dispatch
Independent Consultant, The Foraker Group
Adult Services Coordinator, Anchorage Public Library
Leadership Development Specialist, First Alaskans Institute
Improvement Specialist, Southcentral Foundation
“The Alaska Humanities Forum is excited to celebrate this outstanding group of leaders who have completed five community projects over the last five months,” said Leadership Anchorage Program Manager Kitty Farnham. “We are honored to have contributed to their growth as leaders and civically engaged catalysts. We are confident they will make a positive, lasting impact on our community and our state.”
Founded in 1997, the program focuses on leadership development through the lens of the humanities by using diverse group experiences as well as personal reflection, all in the context of the dynamic issues leaders of Alaska currently face. Currently, more than 300 Leadership Anchorage alumni serve as leaders in a wide array of businesses, public agencies, and non-profit organizations statewide.
Conoco-Phillips, National Endowment for the Humanities, and United Way of Anchorage are major sponsors of Leadership Anchorage.
Alaska Humanities Forum press release