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How will you benefit from the Leadership 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.

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.

Student Testimonials

“I participated in Leadership Lake Oswego last year [2021], and this year [2022] 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 2024 Schedule

The Class of 2024 is underway. If you’re interested in more information about the program or in joining the Class of 2025, please email info@lake-oswego.com.

Meetings are on the third Thursday of each month.

September 21, 2023, in person at City Hall 9-11:30 with lunch after
Guest Speaker: Christopher Boyer, Chamber Past President
Dr. Korach’s Discussion Topic: Leadership and Your Personal Relationship With Yourself

October 19, 2023, in person at City Hall 9-11:30 with lunch after
Guest Speaker: Martha Bennett, City Manager, City of Lake Oswego
Dr. Korach’s Discussion Topic: Leadership and Your Purposeful Relationship With Others

November 16, 2023, Zoom, 9-11:30
Guest Speaker: Kieran L. Ramsey, Special Agent in Charge of the Portland Field Office, FBI
Dr. Korach’s Discussion Topic: Paradox and the Power of Leadership Choice

December 14, 2023, Zoom, 9-11:30
Guest Speaker: John Lauseng, CEO Aldrich Services and Mark Birge, Partner Emeritus (LLO 2023)
Dr. Korach’s Discussion Topic: Leadership Readiness and the Curiosity Gap

January 18, 2024, 9-11:30
Guest Speaker: Dr. Jennifer Schiele, Superintendent, Lake Oswego School District
Dr. Korach’s Discussion Topic: Leadership Insights on Similarities and Differences

February 15, 2024, Zoom, 9-11:30
Guest Speaker: Kirsten Aird, Oregon Health Authority and LO School Board member (LLO 2023)
Dr. Korach’s Discussion Topic: Competing and Contradictory Truths of the Heart

March 21, 2024, in person at the Lakewood Center for the Performing Arts, 9-11:30 with lunch after
Guest Speaker: Andrew Edwards, Exec. Dir. Lakewood Theatre Co. & Center for the Arts
Dr. Korach’s Discussion Topic: Circling Back to What is Most Alive in You

April 18, 2024
Guest Speaker: Chief Don Johnson, Lake Oswego Fire Department
Dr. Korach’s Discussion Topic: Leadership Vision and Process Thinking Capabilities

May 16, 2024, in person at the Oswego Heritage house, 9-11:30 with lunch after
Guest Speaker: Ami Joshi, Leadership Lake Oswego Class of 2023
Dr. Korach’s Discussion Topic: Revisiting and Rethinking Your Leadership Path

June 20, 2024, 5:30-7 pm at The Foundry at Oswego Pointe
Graduation Celebration


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Christopher Boyer

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Martha Bennet

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Chief Don Johnson (LOFD)


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