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Leadership Lake Oswego swings into action

Program connects leaders who can shape the future of Lake Oswego


SUBMITTED PHOTO: SEAN MINOGUE - Lake Oswego City Manager Scott Lazenby swings through the trees during Leadership Lake Oswegos two-day retreat in Newberg last year. Lazenby will serve as one of the lead instructors for this years class.More than two dozen civic officials, business owners and other professionals will kick off the 29th year of Leadership Lake Oswego this week with a two-day retreat at the Tilikum Retreat Center in Newberg.

The event will include classroom instruction, team-building exercises and a challenge course that will have participants racing across a lake in canoes, scrambling across a log suspended 42 feet in the air and swinging out over a river on cables attached to the trees.

The goal: to build relationships and forge connections between community-oriented leaders who can help shape and direct the future of Lake Oswego.

“Discovering and developing emerging leaders is the essential work of every community,” says Keith Dickerson, who in addition to his role as pastor at Hope Community Church is also the executive director of the Chamber of Commerce and director of its Leadership Lake Oswego program. “Doing this essential work effectively requires that we create a yearlong experience that allows for relational connections that span a broad community spectrum.”

In addition to the two-day retreat, participants in Leadership Lake Oswego will meet one day a month from October to June, exploring a variety of topics that range from leadership styles, human relations and strategic planning to problem solving and servant leadership. Classes are taught by City Manager Scott Lazenby and Heather Beck, the superintendent of the Lake Oswego School District.

The program also serves as an introduction-of-sorts to different facets of life in Lake Oswego, with days devoted to public safety, the small-business community, arts and culture, and other topics.

Graduates of this year’s program will return next year to guide and help develop content for the next class of leaders. Serving as tri-chairs for 2015-16 are Katie Brower, the co-owner of Lucid Dog Training; Lara James, a Realtor with Keller Williams Realty; and Jim Lewis, the director of capital markets for Cushman & Wakefield.

Lewis says there are still two or three openings in this year’s class, which includes Stephen Andrews, president and CEO of The Bank of Oswego; Sarah Howell, a member of the Lake Oswego School Board; Sara Schrader, head chef at the Adult Community Center; Scott Siegel, the city’s director of planning and building services; Lake Oswego Police Sgt. Clayton Simon; and an eclectic mix of bankers, attorneys, real estate brokers, educators and other professionals.

The next session of Leadership Lake Oswego — “Community, Faith and Civic Engagement Day” — will meet Oct. 15. To learn more about the program, go to www.lake-oswego.com/Leadership-Lake-Oswego or call the Chamber of Commerce at 503-636-3634.

Contact Gary M. Stein at 503-636-1281 ext. 102 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..