Lifetime Leaders

The Bend Lifetime Leaders Program is designed for retired (or not) individuals who seek to share their wealth of experience and leadership in a significant capacity within their community. Program faculty will help participants develop a vision for the next chapter in their lives and ignite their unique leadership potential in our community.  The environment will be one of peer-learning and facilitated discussions. Outside speakers and hands-on exercises allow for active engagement on class days.

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2020 Cohort Dates

Facilitated by Jim Schell, Tom Carlsen, Daisy Layman and Cyndi DeSoto

6/10 – Introductions and Overview

6/24 – The History of Bend, Our Challenges and Opportunities

7/15 – Our Nonprofit Community

7/29 – Bend’s Business Ecosystem

8/12 – Local Government and Education System

8/26 – Conclusions, Engagement and Connection

Typical Daily Schedule:

8:30am – Coffee and Networking
9:00am – Programming begins
11:00am – Break
11:15am – Programming and discussion
12:00pm – Optional post-session lunch

What will we do?

  • Explore the concept of lifetime leadership
  • Understand the nature of local government and community collaborations
  • Meet and learn from a variety of leaders in our community
  • Delve into our nonprofit landscape and business ecosystem
  • Expand your passion and purpose for community service and volunteering
  • Look outward to the Bend community for opportunities for civic awareness, community engagement, and volunteer connections
  • Build a personal network of community-minded colleagues
  • Access a network of 500+ Leadership Bend program graduates over 27 years – from business, government, and nonprofit sectors

Who should apply?

The Lifetime Leaders Program is for those who have a lifetime of accumulated skills and leadership, and seek to share their wealth of experience to improve their communities and their lives.


Applicants must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Have a demonstrable connection to Bend and Central Oregon
  • Show evidence of tangible active leadership in the workplace and/or in the community
  • Be willing to commit the required time to the Lifetime Leaders Program
  • Be committed to employing leadership skills and knowledge for the long-term benefit of the community


Tuition: $400, and includes all required materials
FacilitatorsJim Schell, Tom Carlsen, M.D. Daisy Layman and Cyndi DeSoto






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