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Tue., March 22, 2011, 3:33 p.m.

Workshop, networking to empower Next Gen leaders

Leadership Spokane and LaunchPad Inland Northwest have proposed a new online and face-to-face network for Spokane's Next Gen leaders.

A kickoff event co-hosted by Washington Trust Bank is scheculed 4 p.m. April 6 at LaunchPad's traininig center at 120 N. Stevens.

Leadership Spokane Executive Director Linda Finney said supporters hope the initiative will connect 20- and 30-year-olds to Spokane's business community and each other using networking events and training in how best to use social media.

Although most find work through referrals, in-person networking is among the least favorite ways to meet people, according to research cited by LaunchPad.

Organiztion co-founder Bill Kalivas efforts to retain graduates from Spokane-area colleges and uiversities have failed to keep most from leaving to find jobs elsewhere.

For more information, contact Alex Chalk at

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