About Us

Leadership Germantown was founded in 1996 with the intent to develop well-informed, effective leaders in our community. Our 400 plus graduates serve on numerous community boards and government commissions. The responsibility for the Leadership Germantown program lies with the leadership Germantown Board of Directors. Through the 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, the board of directors creates the session agendas and coordinates schedules and donations for each session. The board holds fundraisers and community events to support and further the goals of the Leadership Germantown program.

2019 Leadership Germantown Session Dates

Get Acquainted Social • January 10, 2019
Team Trek • January 24-26, 2019
Germantown Education •Feb. 13, 2019
Public Safety •February 27, 2019
State Government •March 20, 2019
Trivia Night Fundraiser •Feb. 23, 2019*
*not mandatory
Medical & Business • May 1, 2019
County Government • April 17, 2019
Non-Profit Outreach • April 3, 2019
Quality of Life • May 22, 2019
Hands-on Leadership • June 5, 2019
Graduation • June 18, 2019

Session Descriptions

Get Acquainted Social – Hosted by the most recent graduating class at the iconic GPAC Black Box, the Get Acquainted Social is the participant’s first glimpse into what lies ahead in the coming months.  Class members will get to know their cohort; meet local dignitaries, the Leadership Germantown Board of Directors and alumni; and receive a preview of the program on which they are about to embark.

Team Building Weekend at Team Trek – 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. Many international corporations like Coca-Cola, Exxon, FedEx, International Paper, Kraft, L’Oréal, and Nestlé work with Team Trek. Our graduates point to this weekend as an integral part of the Leadership Germantown experience.

State Government Day – As a leading community within our state, it is important for our citizens to strive for a productive relationship with our state lawmakers and officials.  The State Government Session involves a day trip to Nashville to meet our lawmakers and public officials, tour the Capitol Building and experience first-hand how a bill becomes a law. Always an exciting and informative day, no two visits have ever been the same due to the ever-changing political environment.

Germantown 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 and special school offerings within the borders of Germantown.  In addition, class members are given an opportunity to meet with GMSD School Board members, GMSD officials and directors of the organizations 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.   The group spends half the day with the Germantown Police Department and half the day with the Germantown Fire Department.  This day allows for hands-on experience with the equipment, tools, 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.
Germantown Medical Day – Germantown has become an integral part of the medical community in the Mid-South and thus an extremely important factor in our overall economic success.  This day includes tours of multiple medical facilities ranging from full-service hospital to outpatient care to specialized state-of-the-art facilities.  We hear from our city officials regarding the importance of this robust medical presence as well as from officials from these prestigious facilities who explain why they have chosen to locate in Germantown.

County Government 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 such as the County Trustee and County Register as well as appointed or hired officials who serve our county.  This session is another behind-the-scenes day that allows a fascinating look into the criminal justice system and the organizations that support it and is often a session that calls class members to engage outside of Germantown to make a difference.

Germantown Business Day – Because Germantown has traditionally been a bedroom community and because it is essentially land-locked, our business environment is unique.  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.  In addition, 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 visits to large and small businesses within our borders, tours of commercial business districts and comments from city officials as well as business owners on the importance of a diverse commercial environment and what our city does to encourage growth and development.

Quality of Life Day – There is no disputing that Germantown is a great place to live, work, relax, and play.  The Quality of Life 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 such as visits to some of our top-quality parks; preserved open spaces and natural areas, as well as to some of our wide variety of leisure and cultural activities.

Hands-On Leadership – 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.


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