ORPA 2019 Annual Conference


October 14 - 16, 2019


909 N. Hayden Island Dr.

Portland, Oregon 97217


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ORPA is excited to announce that applications are now being considered for the 2nd annual ORPA Leadership Academy!  The academy will be held in conjunction with the ORPA Annual Conference in Portland, Oregon.  The six-hour workshop is focused on helping park and recreation professionals in the early to middle stages of their careers further their personal and professional growth.  ORPA members in good standing with at least 5 years of work experience are eligible to apply.

Participants will learn about various types of leadership styles and sources of power for themselves and those they work with.  They will also be challenged to think about how to reach their next professional level and how to stretch themselves to hone their leadership skills and develop their career and life plans.  The workshop will feature a luncheon and panel discussion with senior and executive-level park and recreation professionals.  Following the workshop, participants will be matched with mentors to continue their journey of professional development.

When: Sunday, October 13th, 2019

Where: The Red Lion on the River

909 N Hayden Island Drive, Portland, Oregon 97217


Cost: $125 (includes lunch)


10:00 AM - Welcome and overview

10:15 AM - Participant introductions, expectations, ground rules

10:45 AM - Emotional Intelligence

11:30 AM - Ensuring Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Access in Parks & Recreation

12:30 PM - Lunch

1:00 PM - Panel discussion with senior and executive-level professionals

2:00 PM - Sources of Power

2:30 PM - Clarifying work and life values

3:30 PM - Developing a personal leadership action plan

4:30 PM - Mentor assignments, mentor/mentee expectations, evaluations, wrap-up


Participants in this year's Leadership Academy receive the following:

  • Six-hour, professionally-facilitated workshop to learn about leadership competencies

    • Emotional intelligence​

    • Sources of power

    • Clarifying work and life values

    • Personal commitment statement

  • Time and space to develop a work and personal action plan​

  • Development of a cohort of park and recreation professionals in the state of Oregon

  • Opportunity to learn from a panel of senior- and executive-level park and recreation professionals during a facilitated panel discussion

  • Assignment to a mentor for a six-month period to receive counsel and advice on career management, setting and reaching goals, and serve as a resource for park and recreation


The ORPA Leadership Academy is intended to help further the personal and professional growth of park and recreation professionals that are in the early to middle stages of their careers.  Ideal candidates include those who have at least 5 years of professional experience in park and recreation careers.  Applicants must be ORPA members in good standing.

How to Apply:

  1. Download the Leadership Application Form

  2. Complete the application, sign, and date the form.

  3. Return the application, and a copy of your resume, to Aisha Panas

Applications are due: September 17, 2019 at 5:00 PM


Interested in becoming a mentor for Leadership Academy?

Here are some benefits of being a mentor:

  • Ability to give back to ORPA and the parks and recreation profession by sharing experiences and knowledge about your work.

  • Opportunity to provide guidance and help the professional development of newer park and recreation professionals.

  • Opportunity to create connections to share and receive knowledge and practices with employees from other agencies.

Reach out to Aisha Panas for more information.

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