BLOG: Be a part of the next Leadership Portland class

BLOG: Be a part of the next Leadership Portland class

Earlier in my career as broadcast professional who moved often around the country, I made a point in every new location to learn everything I could about how that region worked. To be the best leader I could be, I wanted to understand how I could have an impact on the regional issues that affected the economy and how local government and civic programs enhanced the community, and I always sought to establish meaningful relationships with other professionals. I did the same when I first arrived in Portland in 2007. For other professionals who are taking on leadership roles within their own careers, I highly recommend the Alliance’s Leadership Portland program, which is currently accepting applications for its class of 2018. 

Leadership Portland broadens the perspectives of business professionals on the most critical challenges facing our region while also providing them with the opportunity to give back through the program's community Impact Projects. Each year, a diverse group of professionals, from nonprofits and small businesses to large corporations, are selected to participate in a nine-month program that helps them gain an increased awareness of how the business, government and community sectors work together to achieve common goals. 

Additionally, participants develop advanced skills in team management, critical and creative thinking, and problem solving by being placed in small groups to complete an Impact Project, which fulfills a short-term objective for a local nonprofit. 

If you are interested in applying for the upcoming class, please submit an application, headshot, bio, resume and two letters of recommendation by Friday, April 21. Letters of recommendation must include one from an employer and one from a community organization that you are involved in. The Alliance particularly wishes to enhance the diversity of informed and engaged business leaders throughout the region, so women and people from underserved populations are encouraged to apply. 

For more information on the program, visit If you have any questions, please contact Leadership Portland’s program director, Mari Watanabe by email at [email protected] or by phone at 503.552.6775.