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Leadership Portland

Leadership Portland is a program for advanced leaders employed at Alliance member organizations, designed to develop community leaders for today and tomorrow. This nine-month program educates participants on a wide array of critical issues affecting the Portland region.

Participants work together as a group, engaging in the key elements of both the city and state infrastructure. On each program day, participants will interact with their fellow classmates, speakers, guests, and impact project teams. By the end of the program, participants will develop an integrated overview of how to get involved in regional issues.

During the program, participants will complete Impact Projects. Participants are split up into small groups where they fulfill an impactful and sustainable objective for a local non-profit. These projects are worked on outside of Program Day classes and provide an opportunity for building teamwork and interpersonal leadership skills.

Registration for the 2014-2015 class is now open. Deadline for complete applications is April 28, 2014. Applicants for the class of 2015 will be notified about their application status by the beginning of June 2014.

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Questions? Contact Leadership Portland Director Mari Watanabe by email or call 503.552.6775.

View the list of current and past Leadership Portland participants.

Program Objective
  • Strengthen knowledge and insight on major issues facing the Portland region
  • Provide a forum for quality discussion about these issues
  • Stimulate critical and creative thinking to help resolve the needs of the business community and the region

Participant Benefits
  • Exposure to a network of community leaders
  • Interaction with government, business and community leaders
  • Opportunities to practice team management skills
  • Increased awareness of how business, government and community sectors work together to achieve common goals

Participation Requirements
The program runs from September to June. It begins with a two-day retreat, continues with one full program day each month October through May, and concludes with a graduation ceremony in June. In addition to attending the program days, class members will be required to complete a team-based community impact project.

The following requirements must be met to qualify for successful completion of the program. If you cannot commit to the schedule, please consider applying at a time when you can commit.
  • Employer must be an Alliance member in good standing 
  • Employer must remain a member in good standing throughout the program
  • Must be an advanced leader within their organization
  • Attendance at all program days. One excused absence is allowed to meet graduation requirements
  • Participation in a team community impact project
  • Attendance at graduation
  • Maximum of two participants from one member company

Application Process
To apply for the Leadership Portland program, candidates must submit the following:
  • Online application
  • High resolution headshot
  • Resume
  • Short biography
  • Two letters of recommendation - one from employer and one from a community leader
  • Tuition: $2,950

Program Schedule
  • Opening Retreat September 11-12 (two days, stay overnight)
  • Program days will be held on the second Thursday of each month beginning in October and ending in May, concluding with team project presentations and graduation
                         - Law, Justice and Public Safety
                         - City/County Government
                         - Culture, Arts and the Creative Economy
                         - Land Use and Transportation
                         - State Government and Public Policy
                         - Education
                         - Healthcare
                         - Business and Economic Development
  • Graduation: June 2015

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