Every year Leadership Portage County identifies a select group of leaders and potential leaders in Portage County.  They come together as a 'class' to experience opportunities for personal and professional growth. In addition to exploring leadership in general, specific emphasis is placed on community leadership.  Program participants 'go behind the scenes' in Portage County to gain a deeper understanding of the community where they live and work.  The ultimate goal is to create positive change in Portage County by stimulating increased interest in community involvement and building a network of informed committed and dynamic leaders.

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In case you missed it, click here to see the newspaper ad congratulating the Leadership Class of 2017 on their graduation.  The ad appeared in the Record Courier on Tuesday, May 23  and featured the 32 graduates in this year's class.

Click here to read what David Dix (LPC '93) said about the Class of 2017 in his 'Along the Way' editorial featured in the May 14th edition of the Record Courier.

Leadership Portage County

138 East Main St., Ste. 201D

Kent, OH 44240            

Email:  director@leadershipportagecounty.org

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Apply Now for the Leadership Class of 2018

Applications are currently being accepted for the Leadership Class of 2018.  The deadline to apply is Wednesday, August 30.  Click here to download the application.


community leadership


Portage County

Lawrence Carter

Asset Manager

KSU Foundation


"Leadership Portage County allowed me the opportunity to learn about the gears that keep the engine of this county moving through learning from politicians, judges, mayors, business owners, social services, health care and 1st responders all sharing their daily successes and challenges.  These interactions provided me a unique opportunity to engage with decision makers, leaders, and citizens of this county that I would not otherwise have been able to come to know.  In total, this program has helped me define what leadership in my community means to me and awakened a sense of how I can best make a difference."

2017 Leadership graduation highlighted in

Record Courier editorial

“I thoroughly enjoyed my experience as a member of the 2017 class of Leadership Portage County.  The impact that the program achieves will allow individuals to not just learn about the many positive things the county itself has to offer, but also to address and help solve problems of need within our own backyard through the class project.  I also highly recommend this program for anyone looking to expand their professional relationships with individuals that will last for many years moving forward.”

Eric Decker

Commercial Lending

Portage Community Bank

Congratulations ad appears in the Record Courier

Class project underway

The living room at the Miller House in Kent will receive a facelift from the Leadership Class of 2017 as its gift to the community.  The shelter serves more than 200 residents annually and the living room area is showing its age. 

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Congratulations to the 2017 Graduates of Leadership Portage County!