Leadership Bend

Leadership Bend (LB) is a community leadership development program designed to identify, educate, train and connect willing and committed citizens to leadership roles in our community. We are a separate 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization, a program of the Bend Chamber, and fully supported from community resources.  There are over 400 Leadership Bend alumni who have gone on to serve as our “community trustees.” Continue down the page for more details on this exciting program! For information on investment in sponsorship opportunities, contact Talena Barker at or 541.318.0496 // Visit Us on Facebook

Title Investor

Welcome and Congratulations to the LB Class of 2019!


Alaman, Henry – Kirby Nagelhout Construction Company

Bennett, Shannon – Ideal You Weight Loss Center

Bellman, John – ASI Wealth Management

Brown, Ryan – US Bank

Buettner, Mike – City of Bend

Cardwell, Rachel – OSU- Cascades

Clason, Mary (Katie) – Bryant, Lovlien & Jarvis

Culhane, Julia – PrideStaff

Dennis, Robert – Mid Oregon Federal Credit Union

Donnelly, Kale – State of Oregon Employment Dpt

Douglass, Scott – Cascade Relays & Cascade Relays Fndt

Forell, Jared – Central Oregon Community College

Graham, Grayson – Tennant Developments

Haakenson, Rachel – NeighborImpact

Johnson, Alandra – Bend-La Pine Schools

Keely, Shon – American Red Cross

Kroon, Fred – Parametrix

Larson, Adam – The Wallace Group, Inc.

Mingus, Brenda – City of Bend

Salciccioli, David – Coachwell

Shaver, Kevin – BBT Architects

Simmons, Heather – PacificSource

Stahrr, Katherine – Bend Dental Group

Stanton, Tim – Humm Kombucha

Parr, Josh – High School Student

Slough, Katie – High School Student

Rolie, Sophie – High School Student


The People

  • The program brings together community minded individuals ready to assume leadership roles and businesses who believe a healthy community comes from an investment in leadership. Participants are identified from a broad cross section of the community, drawing from acknowledged and aspiring leaders who represent diversity and share a common commitment to action and a bright future. Leadership Bend alumni include a variety of prominent business owners, CEOs, city managers, superintendents, executive directors, elected officials, industry leaders and professionals.

The Program

  • Leadership Bend is an annual nine-month program investing in leadership and community awareness and is a program of the Bend Chamber. During nine full-day sessions, scheduled once a month, participants work together with local leaders to expand awareness and understanding of unique issues and opportunities facing the Bend community as well as the Central Oregon region. Participants are challenged to explore current issues firsthand, will benefit from a series of leadership topics designed to enhance individual leadership skills and be expected to make an impact through the highly identified class project.

The Impact

  • No matter how much technology you have, people are your company’s greatest asset. Leadership Bend keeps leaders plugged in to become part of the solution to issues and needs. When you invest in leadership development, you build your major resource, your people. It is our belief that everything begins with leadership. As a growing and very special region in Oregon, the issues become increasingly more complex and the need for leadership is greater than ever. After all, who will “pass the torch” and continue to build upon what was already created by our pillars before us? Leadership Bend educates committed leaders on the issues and resources in the community, allowing one to become part of solutions as a more informed and engaged citizen. When you invest in Leadership Bend, you invest in the community and our future. After the nine-month program is complete, Leadership Bend alumni become community trustees. With over 360 alumni, they know change and opportunity happens through action and the list of accomplishments of Leadership Bend alumni is long. Why not make a difference in your community today and invest in yourself through Leadership Bend?


Leadership Bend Impact Summit

Central Oregon Impact Summit


LB Impact Summit // The LB Impact Summit is the class project taken on by each new cohort of the Leadership Bend program and is designed to bring community-minded people together to acknowledge the significant role small to medium size nonprofit organizations play in contributing to the resilience of Central Oregon. All non-profit organizations who meet the inclusive criteria are encouraged to apply.



Sample of the LB Experience…

LB Class of 2018 Program Schedule & Session Objectives


Monday, September 25, 2017.  Attendance is required at Orientation.

Leadership Bend will meet every 3rd Thursday of the month beginning September 28, 2017 from 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and cover the following leadership development topics and objectives:

Leadership Development & Team Building

  • Realize individual personality styles, how they affect interaction with others plus develop skills in group/team dynamics and apply them in an interactive format with Sheila Mawdsley, Executive Coach
  • Develop a variety of leadership skills and discover your own leadership value and why it is important

Our Community

  • Develop greater appreciation & understanding of the historical issues & events that shaped Central Oregon
  • Gain unique insight and perspective on the composition of Bend and Central Oregon
  • Learn how our local bonds, districts, levies and campaigns have impacted us and the value of your role
  • Understand Oregon’s property tax and land use system

Economy, Tourism & the Central Oregon Business Climate

  • Understand the current Central Oregon business climate, the role of tourism, our health industry, and more
  • Understand local efforts to expand and retain local businesses; how key partners work together


  • Examine leadership in a government setting and operational differences between county and city
  • Discuss major issues and opportunities facing local government; meet elected and key stakeholders

Judicial, Legal & Public Service

  • Increase awareness of the local court system, community justice, and community protection services
  • Gain an understanding of our public servants serving Central Oregon and your role

Boards, Nonprofits and Human Resources

  • Learn how a board truly works and become prepared to identify strengths and weaknesses
  • Learn from key organizations why they exist and how they impact the community

Education, Technology and Emerging Industries

  • Gain an awareness of the challenges facing youth and growth in our community
  • Understand the fundamental education components and what’s next on the horizon in our community

Land & Natural Resources

  • Increase understanding of state, county and city land and water practices
  • Learn how these laws impact our natural resources and quality of life

Communications & Media

  • Enhancing communication skills, understanding our media and the process of effective communication

Class Project: LB Impact Summit, the class project for Leadership Bend was held on May 1, 2018 –  (The Class Project will require time outside of class).  Read more about it on the “class project” website:

Graduation:  May 22, 2018

Pacific Power Graduation Investor






The Bend Chamber is actively supported by these Lead Investors


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