Project LEAD Promotes Racial Diversity in Civic Leadership

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Project LEAD

Afshan Lakha serves as a principal partner with Lakha Investments LLC, a commercial real estate firm in Bellevue, Washington. Beyond her obligations with the company, Afshan Lakha supports a number of community and charity organizations, including United Way of King County. United Way focuses on building better communities and offers programs such as Project LEAD (Leadership Effectiveness And Diversity).

Project LEAD operates based on the concept that communities thrive when their civic leadership follows ethical values and reflects their racial diversity. Designed to facilitate racially diverse leadership foundations, the month-long program provides leadership training to people of color with the experience and talent to effectively serve on nonprofit boards. United Way launched Project LEAD in 1992 and has graduated more than 1,000 individuals from the program since.

Courses are offered each spring and deliver instruction through a series of evening and full-day workshops. Topics covered range from collaboration and conflict resolution to strategic fundraising and managing legal risk. Participants also learn about board operation and protocol, in addition to the various issues facing nonprofit organizations. Upon completion of the program, participants attend a graduation ceremony and an agency fair to meet representatives of various nonprofit groups.

Applicants must possess considerable community volunteer experience and a history of successful team collaboration. They must also commit to participating in all training sessions and prepare themselves to accept the legal and financial responsibilities of serving on a nonprofit board.


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Yves Saint Laurent: The Perfection of Style Exhibit Coming to SAM

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Yves Saint Laurent

Principal and partner of Lakha Investment Company, LLC, a commercial real estate company based in Washington, Afshan Lakha is involved in overall business operations. Dedicated to helping her community, Afshan Lakha supports such local organizations as the Seattle Art Museum.

While the Seattle Art Museum (SAM) has plenty of permanent exhibits, its temporary ones keep with the ever-changing nature of art. One of SAM’s upcoming exhibits is Yves Saint Laurent: The Perfection of Style. Scheduled to run from October 11, 2016 to January 8, 2017, this new exhibit highlights the 44-year career of designer Yves Saint Laurent. The exhibit is organized in partnership with the Fondation Pierre Berge-Yves Saint Laurent in Paris and will feature several new additions that have yet to be seen by the public.

Visitors to the upcoming exhibit will have the opportunity to see the evolution of the famed designer’s career. Beginning with his first sketch and fabric selection, the exhibit will include information and items from Laurent’s first studio, Paper Doll Couture House, all the way to his last runway collection. More than 100 garments will be featured at the exhibit, along with accessories, drawings, films, and photographs that all come from the Fondation Pierre Berge-Yves Saint Laurent archives.