About the Program

Class of 2020 Program Dates 

September 11, 12 and 13, 2019
Opening Retreat  
This retreat starts with a Wednesday night dinner and reception where the class meets each other for the first time. The following day the class takes on a group project that will serve as a get to know you event and service to the community. Friday the group spends the day Camp James A. Garfield, exploring Leadership in order to provide a deeper understanding of personality traits, communication styles and types of leadership.

October 3, 2019

County Tour 
Class member depart via motor coach for a day-long tour of Portage County. On this guided tour participants gain insights into the rich history and hidden gems that make Portage County unique. 

November 7, 2019
Human Services Day
This program day offers an examination of the social service needs of Portage County and the organizations and agencies that provide support and aid to those in need. 

December 5, 2019
Health Day
Explore the hidden world of healthcare here in Portage County.   Visit the world class medical university right in your own backyard and take a look inside an operating room where life saving procedures are performed.


January 9, 2020
Government Day
Tour county facilities and meet with elected officials.  Gain insights into the county's political structure and challenges facing those who govern. Take a ride along with law enforcement.


February 6, 2020 
Business Day
Learn about Portage County's economic engine.  Hear from business owners. Tour some unique and exciting manufacturing facilities right here in Portage County.

March 5, 2020
Education Day
'21st Century Learning' and 'College and Career Readiness' are buzzwords of the day.  K-12 and higher education are the focus of this program day.

April 2, 2020 
Leadership Conference & Expo
Held annually at NEOMED's NEW Center, the Leadership Conference and Showcase is a highlight of the Leadership Portage County program.

May 7, 2020
Closing Retreat/Graduation
 A time to celebrate and reflect on the journey taken during the previous 8 months. Closing Retreat brings prospective to the Leadership Portage County experience.

Leadership Portage County is a nine month experience designed to develop active and influential leaders with the appropriate knowledge to address important issues facing Portage County. Participants are engaged in an exploration of the region to gain a deep understanding of the county‚Äôs challenges and opportunities.  These experiential learning opportunities also provide professional development to assist participants in building their personal leadership skills.