• Leadership Portland


  • Commitments

    Participants attend six one-day sessions over a six-month period. Participants will be allowed to miss one full session but are encouraged to make up the session at the appropriate time the following year. Tuition is $250 and includes all outings/meals. Applications for the 2019-2020 class will be taken until August 1, 2019. If you are unable to make this commitment, it is not in your best interest to apply at this time.


  • Monthly Educational Sessions

    Monthly educational sessions are designed to promote interest and awareness of local issues and challenges, and a rare opportunity to interact with community leaders in government, business and civic organizations. Sessions are scheduled on one Wednesday each month from approximately 8:00am - 5:00pm. Prior to applying to this program, a candidate should discuss time constraints and scheduling with their employer. Participants will take part in lectures, panel discussions, demonstrations, workshops, field trips and special projects. Business casual is appropriate for most outings. Please keep in mind that closed-toe shoes are required for some factory tours, and slacks are recommended. Use of mobile phones is permitted during breaks.

    Thursday, September 12, 2019

    Wednesday, October 30, 2019
    Opening Day

    Wednesday, November 13, 2019
    Government Day

    Wednesday, December 11, 2019
    Quality of Life Day

    Wednesday, January 8, 2020
    Economy Day

    Wednesday, February 5, 2020
    Education Day

    Wednesday, March 4, 2020
    Closing Day

    Thursday, April 9, 2020


  • Additional Activities

    Participants are required to attend additional activities during the program and each member must also become familiar with and research a local non-profit organization. Class members will give presentations on their chosen non-profit organization. (See below)

    Collectively the Class will select an ongoing, multi-year project to address a need identified in Portland through the program. This project keeps the class active together for several years beyond the initial experience and serves as a benefit to the Portland Community. 

    Additional Activities/Assignments

    • Attend a City Governmental Meeting
    • Shadow a Police Officer during their regular shift
    • Choose a non-profit agency from the list to learn more about and report back to the class.


  • Graduation

    The program concludes with a Leadership Portland graduation ceremony and reception. In order to graduate from the Leadership Portland program each participant must attend at least five of the six monthly educational sessions and complete the additional assignments. Family members and friends of the graduates, as well as city and county leaders are invited and encouraged to attend the graduation ceremony. Absenteeism will result in your being unable to participate in graduation with your class. In order to be able to graduate with the next year’s class, you will be required to make up classes missed the following year or you will be dropped. Upon the completion of the Program, Leadership Portland graduates may choose to go on to further their education and knowledge on a broader scale by participating in the Leadership Sumner or Leadership Middle Tennessee Programs.


  • Angela McChesney
    TN College of Applied Technology - Nashville

    Ashley Krantz
    The Farmers Bank

    Chris Mullican
    Nashville Fire Department

    Chuck Lyons
    Portland Citizen

    Dana Cecil
    Old Hickory Credit Union

    Deidra Hall
    Portland Citizen

    Jamie Hardin
    Hampton Inn

    Jamie White
    City of Portland (Parks Department)

    Kim Rice
    Pallet Barn TN

    Kristen Daughtry
    Portland Chamber of Commerce

  • Matt Taylor
    Portland Church of the Nazarene

    Megann Thompson
    City Alderwoman            

    Michele Harbin
    Sumner County Democratic Party

    Mike Callis
    Liberty Church

    Rachael Wainscott
    Macy's Logistics

    Richard Donovan
    City of Portland (Planning)

    Sabrina Wilber
    Village Drugs

    Sherri Ferguson
    Portland Chamber of Commerce

    Sonja Schuette
    Davis, Brown & Company, PLLC

    Tim Colovos
    First Baptist Church


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