Stepping Stones for Success

Classroom of tables in a U-shape with curriculum binders on the tabletops, ready for students to arrive

Classroom setup for Stepping Stones

What is Stepping Stones?

Stepping Stones for Success is a 9 month (Feb-Nov) in-person training series, designed for UW Facilities employees, who are in a non-supervisory role, and want to increase their knowledge and skills in leadership.  

Program structure 

This series includes both in-class learning (2 hours per week) and hands-on, experiential learning through shadowing, workshops, projects, and a final presentation. The program is 4 phases: People Leadership Skills, Practical Leadership Skills, Leader Shadowing, and Preparation Skill Building. Students in the program will be expected to: 

  • Attend weekly classes
  • Complete required shadowing hours
  • Participate in resume and interview workshops
  • Complete a Capstone project & Presentation

Explore some of our past employee projects (pdf). 

2025 cohort applications will open in November!

Interest form

You can click the interest button above to be put on a waitlist for the 2025 program. When application go live, we will email them to you. To learn more about the program and application requirements please check 2024 Stepping Stones application aide (pdf) .  

After you have submitted your application, your supervisor or manager will receive a request to complete an evaluation as part of your overall application.  

Program benefits

  • Students will increase their awareness and understanding of UWF processes
  • Students will develop personal and practical leadership skills
  • Students will engage in professional and personal development
  • Students will grow in self-awareness and emotional intelligence 
  • Graduates receive 6 months supervisory credit from UW-HR 

Want more information? 

Check out our FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) or reach out to Sarah Lewis-Assink at 206.221.6110 or email You can also talk with your supervisor or manager to get more information.