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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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.

Program commitment

The program includes 6 sessions of 3 hours each – attendance is required at all sessions, see dates below. Sessions will be held at the Deschutes Historical Museum  – MAP

An optional lunch or happy hour follows each session.


  • November 13 – 9 AM -12 PM
  • November 25 – 2 PM – 5 PM
  • December 11 – 9 AM – 12 PM
  • January 8 – 2 PM – 5PM
  • February 12 – 9 AM – 12 PM
  • March 11 – 2 PM – 5 PM


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 and Tom Carlsen, M.D.






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