• Leadership Portland


  • Commitments

    Participants attend seven one-day sessions over a seven-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. The 2021-2022 class has been selected. The 2022-2023 application will be available May of 2022. 

    Email kristen@portlandcofc.com for an application.

  • 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, August 12, 2021
    Mixer ($15 for Alumni)

    Friday, September 24, 2021
    Opening Day

    Friday, October 29, 2021
    Quality of Life & Tourism Day

    Friday, November 19, 2021
    Education Day

    Friday, December 17, 2021
    Government Day

    Friday, January 21, 2022
    Economy Day

    Friday, February 25, 2022
    Public Safety Day

    Friday, March 25, 2022
    Closing Day

    Thursday, April 14, 2022
    Leadership Graduation


  • 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 six of the seven 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.


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