2018 Fall Leadership Summit

Location | Registration | Keynote Speakers | Tracks | Program Schedule | HotelProgram Sponsors

Join WRPA for an all-new approach to the traditional Fall Summit! This year's Fall Leadership Summit will feature two educational, workshop-based tracks: Leadership Development Track (for Supervisors and Managers) and Executive Track (for Executives, Directors, and Senior Planners). Our educational tracks will include expert speakers, collaborative learning, and leave you with skills to implement within your organizations. 



Lynnwood Convention Center
3711 196th St SW
Lynnwood, WA 98036
October 9, 2018
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM


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Registration Information

Training Cost

  Early Bird Rate
On or before 8/31/2018
Regular Rate
After 8/31/2018
Members $199 $249
Non-Members $299 $299


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Leadership Development Track

Immerse yourself in this power-packed leadership-development workshop for supervisors and managers led by Gonzaga Professor, Rachelle Strawther. Rachelle Strawther is a speaker, teacher, storyteller, world traveler, and life-long student of leadership. This interactive and humorous workshop will dive into subjects like:
  • Biggest mistakes I've ever made
  • Emotional intelligence
  • How to have the conversations you dread

Facilitated by: Rachelle Strawther, M.A. 

Executive Track

Big Data - GeoData - Data Visualization - Data Insights...what's all this about? This data deep dive will help directors, senior leadership, park planners, and executive leaders get a peek into the future of data but also come away with an understanding of the existing landscape of data application and data-decision tools for: 

  • Economic impact
  • Operational management
  • Equity analysis
  • Health access
  • Data storytelling
  • Better community understanding

Presented & Sponsored by: The Trust For Public Land

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Keynote Speakers

Rachelle Strawther, M.A.
Gonzaga University
Director of Leadership Training and Development
President, Staff Assembly

Breece Robertson VP
Trust for Public Land Fellow

Director of Planning and GIS


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Program Schedule

  Leadership Development  Track Executive Track
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Registration & Breakfast 
9:00 AM - 10:15 AM Keynote Address
The Best Mistakes I Ever Made:
How Failing Forward Changed My Lens on Leadership
Rachelle Strawther, M.A. 
Gonzaga University

Keynote Address
Breece Robertson VP
Trust for Public Land Fellow

10:15 AM - 10:30 AM Break
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM Interactive Skill Building Workshop:
Emotional Intelligence
Rachelle Strawther, M.A. 
Gonzaga University

12:00 PM - 1:15 PM Lunch
1:15 PM - 4:15 PM

Courageous Communication:
How to have the conversations you dread
Rachelle Strawther, M.A. 
Gonzaga University

2:45 PM - 3:00 PM


3:00 PM - 4:15 PM TBD
Rachelle Strawther, M.A. 
Gonzaga University


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Hotel Accommodations

Do you need a room for Monday, October 8, 2018, for the Fall Leadership Summit? We have you covered. Reservations are made by calling the Courtyard Marriott directly at 425-670-0500. Be sure to mention the Washington Recreation & Park Association (WRPA).

Room reservation cut off date is Monday, September 9, 2018.

Courtyard Marriott
4220 Alderwood Mall Blvd.
Lynnwood, WA 98036

Hotel Rates

  Occupancy Rate
2 Queen Beds Double $112
1 King Bed Single $112

*Prevailing rates to apply for reservations are listed above. New prevailing rates are released each September. 

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Program Sponsors

When you sponsor WRPA, you demonstrate your commitment to fostering a culture of giving in our region and promoting high ethical standards in the recreation & park profession. Your company also benefits from widespread recognition among WRPA members and event attendees. Our event sponsors receive a high level of visibility and are an exclusive group of organizations. Join in the fun and consider sponsoring today!

Check out the 2018 Sponsor Prospectus to review the Fall Summit sponsorship packages and learn how you can get involved!

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