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Student Reflects on His Leadership Youth Experience

By inspire foundation | September 3, 2019

The following is the transcript of a speech given by Elijah Leutwyler during his graduation from Leadership Youth at the Executive Leadership Council luncheon. In it, Elijah reflects on his Leadership Youth journey, including his board service for the Salem Keizer Education Foundation. Junior and Senior year of high school hit like a bus. Strike…

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Jessica Nissen: Inspire Communications Intern

By inspire foundation | June 14, 2019

We’d like to welcome Jessica Nissen to our team! Jessica is a student at Biola University studying public relations and will be our communications intern for the summer. Read this Q&A to get to know her! What is your background? First of all, I was born and raised here in Salem, Oregon! My mom homeschooled…

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Equipping Salem’s Leaders for the Future

By inspire foundation | October 26, 2018

Salem is growing. More and more people are moving to Salem, new buildings are being constructed and businesses are expanding. As Salem continues to grow, it will take well-informed and competent leaders to manage that growth and lead Salem in the right direction, which is exactly why businesses, nonprofits and schools are looking to the…

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Salem Young Professionals

By inspire foundation | April 25, 2018

To connect and develop Salem’s next generation of leaders – that’s our mission. Our History As the job market became increasingly competitive in the early 2000s, cities in Oregon and across the country experienced challenges attracting and retaining young talent. In Salem, many college graduates and other young professionals spoke of larger cities, such as…

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