• 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. The 2019-2020 Leadership Class is full.


  • 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.


  • Katie Amons
    The Farmers Bank

    Ann Blackburn
    Exit Realty Garden Gate Team

    Matt Bryant
    PWS / PBFY

    Carlton Cobb
    City of Portland

    Lauren Detlefsen
    Credit Union for Robertson County

    Jessica Hunter
    CBC Title & Escrow

    Penny Martin
    Portland C.A.R.E.S.

    Bob Moon
    First Baptist Portland

  • Ricky Morris
    Living Free Fellowship

    Nathan Shadowens
    Portland Animal Hospital         

    Clark Shifflett
    Shifflett Law Firm

    Larry Treadway
    Portland General Baptist

    Lesley Trammel
    Shannon Insurance Agency 

    Kelsey Walter
    Dorman Products

    Tracy Weaver
    Portland Utilities Construction Company

    Chad Wilson
    Wally Gilliam Realty & Auction

    Amy Wimberly
    City of Portland Parks Department


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