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. DOWNLOAD THE FLYER TO SHARE!

Sponsored by: PacificSource Health Plans, Morgan Stanley, The Pacific Wealth Group at UBS and Mid Oregon Credit Union


What will we do?

  • Explore the concept of lifetime leadership
  • Understand the nature local government and community collaborations
  • Define 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
  • Join a network of over 500 Leadership Bend program graduates over 26 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

During the program, class members will meet every other week for a total of five sessions of three hours each. Attendance is required at all sessions.


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: $300, and includes all required materials
InstructorsJim Schell and Tom Carlsen, M.D.




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