Thank you for your interest in the Leadership Germantown Program, we have closed our application process for the Class of 2020.

The Leadership Germantown program includes:

  • Meet the Class Social Event – Tuesday, December 3rd, 2019
  • Launch Orientation Program – Thursday, January 7th, 2020
  • Three Day Leadership Experience @ Team Trek – January 23 – 25
  • Eight Full-Day Interactive Sessions – February 12th – June 3rd
  • Graduation Ceremony – Tuesday, June 16th, 2020

Sessions cover a variety of topics including:

Experiential Leadership, Education, Public Safety, City Government, Non-Profit, Shelby County, Commerce, Life & Leisure…

The benefits of our Program can be summed up in three words; skills, knowledge & opportunities.

Session Descriptions

Team Trek Leadership Experience– Leadership Germantown believes that great teamwork involves knowing and understanding our peers; and while our selected class members are already proven leaders, we can all become better leaders.  For our first session, we travel to Team Trek’s learning center located in Tumbling Shoals, Arkansas on Greer’s Ferry Lake. Team Trek’s mission is to “Build People and Connect Teams” through leadership development, teambuilding, and coaching. Our graduates point to this weekend as an integral part of the Leadership Germantown experience.

Education Day – Because well-rounded options for education are imperative for a thriving community, Germantown citizens demand excellence in every facet of education for our children.  The Germantown Education Day offers a look into the public, private school offerings within our borders.  In addition, class members are given an opportunity to meet with Board members and school officials from both systems that support education in our community.

Public Safety Day – Germantown is known for its excellent public safety, and this day provides behind-the-scenes access to our Police, Fire and Paramedics facilities and training centers. This day allows for hands-on experience with the equipment, tools and vehicles used by our public safety teams.  Class members learn the policies and procedures that keep our community safe and the role our public safety agents play in the greater metropolitan area.

Non-Profit Day – Our community is able to accomplish greatness by the highly collaborative nature of the municipal government and non-profit organizations, along with private businesses and citizens. This day includes a bit of history to illustrate this collaboration as well as introduces class members to an array of non-profit organizations with which they can engage in Germantown.

County Day – As one of several municipalities in Shelby County, Germantown has a vested interest in the success of the county.  The inner-workings of county government are revealed by visiting with County Commissioners and other elected officials.  This session is another behind-the-scenes day that allows a fascinating look into the criminal justice system (especially young offenders) and the organizations that support it and is often a session that calls class members to engage outside of Germantown to make a difference.

Commerce Day – Our leaders are charged with a balancing act of maintaining the residential feel while also diversifying the tax base to reduce pressure on individual property taxes.  The business environment is key to the standard of living and quality of life that attracts people to Germantown for dining, shopping, and entertainment.  This session includes discussions with business leaders and local developers, tours of commercial business districts and comments from city officials on the importance of a diverse commercial environment and what our city does to encourage growth and development.

Germantown Government – This new session is a unique opportunity to meet with the elected officials that represent our great community. Discussions and Town Hall forums with our Federal, State and local officials highlight this highly interactive day. Further, the class will attend Germantown’s Board of Mayor and Alderman (BMA) meeting to see first-hand how the City works.

Life & Leisure Day – There is no disputing that Germantown is a great place to live, work, relax, and play.  The Life & Leisure session introduces the class to the places and spaces that make Germantown fulfilling.  This day provides a sampling of what makes our city enjoyable and unique and includes visits with local organizations and resources that focus on wellness, arts & entertainment and civic services/spaces.

Leadership Finale  – This session serves as a wrap up for class members to combine the leadership lessons learned along the way with the opportunities for engagement.  Class members participate in final team building exercises, reflection on their experience and are presented with additional opportunities for engagement into the community.