Apply by Sept. 13! Pierce County/White River Plateau Rural Community Leadership Program

In rural communities, we understand that leadership is not a position, it’s an activity!
Anyone at any time has the opportunity to grow the skills to be a leader, and RDI's Rural Community Leadership Program is coming to Washington's White River Plateau area beginning in September 2019. The purpose of our Leadership Program is to connect rural residents to each other and to their communities in a way that promotes vitality in rural places. Meals are included and the program is offered at no charge to participants. The Pierce County/White River Plateau Rural Community Leadership Program is made possible by the Russell Family FoundationGreater Tacoma Community Foundation, and anonymous donors.
Interested in being considered for the leadership cohort? Click here to complete an application by September 13.
“The RDI leadership program has reinforced my drive to see what kind of change I can make to better our community while working with others.” - Past Participant
Kick-Off Session: Sept. 25, 2019, 5:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m.
Session 1: Oct. 18, 2019, 5:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m. and Oct. 19, 2019, 8:30 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Session 2: Nov. 1, 2019, 5:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m. and Nov. 2, 2019, 8:30 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Session 3: Dec. 6, 2019, 5:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m. and Dec. 7, 2019, 8:30 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Session 4: Jan. 24, 2020, 5:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m. and Jan. 25, 2020, 8:30 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Session 5: Feb. 8, 2020, 8:30 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
If a session needs to be cancelled because of weather, it will be made up during session 5 with a Friday session. Graduation is scheduled later with participants.
Frequently Asked Questions:
  • What is the cost of the program? Tuition, materials, and meals are covered – at no cost to participants
  • Who should apply? Emerging and experienced leaders will benefit and are encouraged to apply
  • When are the classes? Class sessions are held once per month over four months – Friday evenings and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • What will I learn? Participants will learn from facilitators and each other about:
    • Community capacity and social capital
    • Personality types and communication strategies
    • Community development models
    • Catalytic leadership model and leadership styles
    • Asset mapping
    • Group development
    • Models for group decision-making

Contact us if you have any other questions: Jonelle McCoy at or 541.684.9077 x 7031