Leadership Snohomish County’s annual event set for Oct. 13

Leadership Day is an annual fundraising and awards event. It will be held virtually this year.

Leadership Snohomish County Executive Director Kathy Coffey Solberg. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Leadership Snohomish County Executive Director Kathy Coffey Solberg. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

EVERETT — Leadership Snohomish County, a nonprofit that nurtures community leaders, will hold its sixth annual Leadership Day on Oct. 13.

This year’s event will be virtual and take place from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

“Leadership Day was born out of a unique time four years ago,” said Kathy Coffey Solberg, the group’s executive director.

“In 2016 — a time when I thought our country was more divided than any time in recent years — we at Leadership Snohomish County decided we wanted to establish an official Leadership Day here in our county. We wanted to bring individuals together, regardless of political affiliation, socioeconomic status, race, religion or title.”

The nonprofit supports and trains people through various leadership development programs. In 20-plus years, more than 1,000 people have participated, Coffey Solberg said.

The program took its current form in 1997, when representatives of several local organizations, including the Boeing Co., the Chamber of Commerce and the United Way, came together to develop a leadership program.

This year’s Leadership Day will highlight three awards: the Deborah Knutson Women in Leadership Award, which recognizes a woman in Snohomish County who is passionate about job growth and economic development; the Distinguished Alumni Award; and the Community Partner Award, which recognizes an outstanding company, institution or nonprofit.

Last year’s award recipients were Angie Sievers of Snohomish STEM Network; Zsofia Pazstor of Farmer Frog; and the Everett Housing Authority.

The keynote speaker this year will be Mark Jones, CEO of the Sunyata Group. Jones is a coach, executive leader and consultant with a focus on leadership.

Donations will support LeadershipSnohomish County’s programs and program scholarships.

This year’s sponsors include Kaiser Permanente, Mountain Pacific Bank and the Tulalip Tribes.

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