The Chinook Class of 2014

The Chinook Class of 2014

This is a six-day resident event from Sunday, May 7 until Friday, May 12, 2017.

Positions for the event are limited so please fill out our electronic application and apply early.

The Chinook Program is the premier development program for leadership in the public interest in western North America. Based on a tradition started in 1989 at the University of Oregon, the Chinook Program brings top level elected and career officials from all walks of public, not-for-profit, and community life together for a week of intense learning and discovery. Top level faculty from university and consulting realms provide a remarkable learning experience that can only be described at life-changing. The Chinook Program helps leaders grow in their knowledge, strength, wisdom, and impact.

The Program helps participants learn about:

  • INDIVIDUAL TRANSFORMATION AND LEADERSHIP
    Self-awareness of one’s personality, skills, and strengths will help define leadership strengths and potential. Putting these in the context of working in diverse teams and relationships creates greater skills in building powerful, motivated teams.
  • UNDERSTANDING CATALYTIC LEADERSHIP 
    Gain insight into leading successfully through the complex issues facing civic and corporate organizations where no single person or organization can act truly independently.
  • CREATING AND LEADING TRANSFORMATIONAL CHANGE
    Moving organizations and communities through difficult change can be hard, but it is necessary in a quickly changing world. Organizations, be they public or private, who don’t stay out in front of change will be rendered irrelevant in time.
  • REACHING AGREEMENTS 
    Leadership without forging agreements that cross difficult barriers is destined to fail in the interconnected world. Participants, through role play and analysis of examples, will learn new skills focused on winning through mutual gain, not winning be beating the other party.
  • UNDERSTANDING THE IMPORTANCE OF LEADERSHIP
    The imperative for leadership will be explored. Having leadership skills is one thing. Having the motivation, passion, and drive to use them is another. Participants will focus on what they can bring to the table, why that is important, and how they can best express that in their leadership roles.
  • STRUCTURES FOR SUCCESS
    Understanding the power of relationships, vision, aspiration, and focus. Looking to proven, successful leadership for insight, skills and wisdom.
  • TYING IT TOGETHER TO MAKE IT WORK 
    Building on the imperative for leadership, the program closes with a deep look at the framework for applying the skills learned, and creating a context for applying those skills as new wisdom and action in the real world.
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Program Structure

The 2017 Chinook Program will begin at 1:00 on Sunday, May 7, and concludes at 3:30 on Friday, May 12. The beautiful meeting facilities of the Aldersgate Retreat Center in Turner, Oregon will be the site of the Chinook Program. Lodging is also at Aldersgate. Rooms are simple and comfortable. Single and double occupancy rooms are available. Also, RV parking with hook-ups is available on-site. Meals are provided throughout the program.

Program Fee

The Program Fee for the Chinook Program is $2,195 which includes single occupancy room and meals. Discounts are available for double occupancy and for RV parking. 

Cancellation Policy

The Chinook Institute for Civic Leadership provides a 50% refund on all registrations canceled 30 – 60 days prior to the event. Cancellations between 30 days and 5 days before the start of the event will have a 25% refund. Cancellations less than 5 days before or during the event will not receive a refund. Substitutions are generally acceptable.

Positions for the event are limited so please fill out our electronic application and apply early.