Leadership Portland

Leadership Portland is a Portland Business Alliance program that broadens the perspectives of business leaders on the most critical issues facing our region while giving back through the program's community Impact Projects. Through the regular program days and Impact Project, the nine-month program increases awareness of how business, government and community sectors work together to achieve common goals, and develop advanced skills in team management, critical and creative thinking, and problem solving.

For questions, please contact:
Mari Watanabe, Leadership Portland Program Director, 503-552-6775

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Participation Requirements

The program runs from September to June, beginning with a two-day retreat and continuing with one full program day each month, October through May, and concluding with a graduation ceremony in June. In addition to attending the program days, program participants 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 below, please consider applying at a time when you can commit to the time requirements.
  • Employer must be an Alliance member in good standing
  • Employer must remain a member in good standing throughout the program
  • 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

Meet past participants

Leadership Portland began in 2003, and since then has helped hundreds of professionals gain the development necessary to excel.
Meet the Alumni


To apply for the Leadership Portland program, candidates must submit the following:

  • Online application
  • High resolution headshot
  • Resume
  • Short biography (up to 200 words)
  • Two letters of recommendation - one from employer and one from a community organization with which you are involved (can be mailed, or scanned and emailed)
  • Submit all above supporting documents as attachements by deadline
  • Tuition: $2,950 (to be paid once accepted into program)

Applications are available in the spring. Please submit all application material to Mari Watanabe.

Join the Alumni Association

The goal of the Leadership Portland Alumni Association (LPAA) is to provide engagement opportunities to individuals who have graduated from the Portland Business Alliance's Leadership Portland program to continue to refine their leadership skills and contribute to the community. 
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  • Opening Retreat Sept. 21-22, 2017 (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 
    • Health Care 
    • Business and Economic Development
  • Graduation: June 2018

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