Leadership Lake Oswego

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Details for the 2023-2024 Class, including registration, are coming soon!

How will you benefit from the Leadership Lake Oswego personal growth curriculum?

The Chamber’s Leadership Program offers an opportunity for personal growth as a path to making a difference in your life as a leader. Three plusses of the leadership development personal growth curriculum are as follows:

  1. Cohort fellowship. There is great renewal and growth benefit for adults that comes from learning together with others in a collective pursuit of expanding one’s personal abilities and leadership capabilities. New friendships and relationships developed within a learning community fellowship offer meaningful personal support, connection, and camaraderie.
  2. Experienced mentorship. Dr. Korach, whose leadership expertise is well known, will guide the leadership growth teaching curriculum. His goal as a mentor and facilitator will be to create the conditions that make it possible for all participants to expand their learning and make their own way toward meaningful personal and leadership growth. 
  3. Self-determination. All participants in the program will be encouraged to select what they find to be most engaging and valuable from among the many leadership growth opportunities to practice between sessions. Rotating practice partnerships will also allow participants to share ideas and learning perspectives directly with other class members.
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Leadership Training Led by Dr. Bill Korach

The Program’s Leadership Curriculum

“A powerful leadership truth is that the more of a person one can become—the more present, aware, open, curious, insightful, emphatic, and adaptable one is—the better leader one will be capable of being. But most of all, leadership is about relationships, and a leader’s success depends on the strength, influence and quality of one’s relationships with others as well as the insightfulness of one’s relationship with oneself.”
~ Bill Korach

Dr. Bill Korach, retired Lake Oswego Superintendent of Schools who has taught over 50 graduate-level leadership courses between Portland State and Lewis and Clark, will again be teaching the program’s leadership curriculum in each meeting session. His focus will be on expanding personal growth abilities directly related to leadership capabilities that matter most.

“I participated in Leadership Lake Oswego last year, and this year participated again as a member of its leadership team. The experience has been inspiring, engaging and motivational. My classmates have been open, encouraging and very helpful as we continue our journey to be more insightful leaders and better people. I strongly encourage you to participate in the Chamber’s leadership program.”

Mark Birge, CPA, Partner Emeritus, Aldrich Advisors

“Leadership Lake Oswego takes you on a deep dive of what it means to lead and to build meaningful, impactful relationships. The lessons taught by Dr. Korach are as applicable at the dinner table as they are in the classroom or the board room. To hear firsthand from local leaders about their own leadership journeys and make lasting bonds with fellow classmates is the icing on the cake.”

Kimvi To, Attorney

“The leadership program has not only allowed me to meet wonderful and committed people who inspire and motivate me, but who are also making a difference in our community. If you are interested in expanding your knowledge, growing as a leader and meeting similarly committed people, I encourage you to consider participating in Leadership Lake Oswego.”

Paul van Roon

“I joined Leadership Lake Oswego to get to know my colleagues in the city and push myself to fine tune my leadership skills during COVID. This is a time of adaptive leadership when traditional practices are not necessarily what is needed. Being with a group of professionals who are prioritizing leadership is a priceless opportunity to learn about innovative approaches. Plus, Dr. Bill Korach’s leadership expertise is legendary, and I wanted to soak up some of his wisdom.”

Sue Hildick, Director of Public and Government Affairs, Clackamas County

Leadership Lake Oswego – Class of 2023 Third Thursdays

September 15, 2022
Guest Speaker: Christopher Boyer, Chamber Past President
Day Chair: Jen Petersen, Lake Oswego Chamber of Commerce, Crosswater Strategies
Dr. Korach’s Discussion Topic: Your Relationship with Yourself

October 20, 2022
Guest Speaker: Martha Bennett, City Manager, City of Lake Oswego
Day Chair: Brian Wheeler, Lake Oswego Fire Department
Dr. Korach’s Discussion Topic: Your Relationship with Others

November 17, 2022
Guest Speaker: Kerry Tymchuk, Executive Director, Oregon Historical Society
Day Chair: Paul van Roon, Van Roon Enterprises
Dr. Korach’s Discussion Topic: The Power of Paradoxical Choice

December 15, 2022
Guest Speaker: Brian Monihan, President and Publisher, Pamplin Media Group
Day Chair: Jennifer Singer, SoldByJen Real Estate Team
Dr. Korach’s Discussion Topic: Leadership Readiness and the Curiosity Gap

January 19, 2023
Guest Speaker: Dr. Jennifer Schiele, Superintendent, Lake Oswego School District
Day Chair: LaKeyshua Washington, Lake Oswego School District
Dr. Korach’s Discussion Topic: The Art of Listening and Questioning

February 16, 2023
Guest Speaker: Mayor Joe Buck, City of Lake Oswego
Day Chair: Jen Petersen, Lake Oswego Chamber of Commerce, Crosswater Strategies
Dr. Korach’s Discussion Topic: Leadership from the Heart and the Greater Good

March 16, 2023
Guest Speaker: Andrew Edwards, Exec. Dir. Lakewood Theatre Co. & Center for the Arts
Day Chair: TBD
Dr. Korach’s Discussion Topic: The Dependability of Mental Models

April 20, 2023
Guest Speaker: Chief George Burke, Lake Oswego Police Department
Day Chair: TBD
Dr. Korach’s Discussion Topic: Competing Mental Models to Avoid

May 18, 2023
Guest Speaker: Chief Don Johnson, Lake Oswego Fire Department
Day Chair: TBD
Dr. Korach’s Discussion Topic: Revisiting, Reconnecting and Rethinking the Journey

June, 2023
Graduation Celebration


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Christopher Boyer

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Martha Bennet

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Brian Monihan

Jenn Schiele

Dr. Jennifer Schiele


Kerry Tymchuk

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Andrew Edwards

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Chief Don Johnson (LOFD)


Chief George Burke (LOPD)


Mayor Joe Buck