Leadership Salem

Leadership Salem

Leadership Salem is recognized by businesses, employers and decision-makers as an important preparation to serve in our community. This one-year program allows individuals to develop and refine leadership skills, and create lasting bonds with other up and coming leaders.


One of my goals for participating in Leadership Salem was to learn firsthand new things, information that will help me to be a better leader. Leadership Salem has expanded my relationships with some of the finest in the area.  It was encouraging to spend time with fellow class mates – young business men and women – who are planning now how they can be the community leaders of tomorrow. Something I should have done long ago.  Leadership Salem provides an opportunity at any age, to better understand the inter-relationships and inter-dependence of our community, however the sooner you take the time to learn, the sooner you will be part of the future leaders of Salem.

Kevin Cameron

Marion County Commissioner, Leadership Salem Class of 2013-14


Participants receive a comprehensive overview of the Salem area – its realities, opportunities and challenges. It’s a unique opportunity to meet key business and government leaders and decision makers, and receive an introduction to community resources by way of tours, panels, and speakers.

Each of the 10 one-day sessions focuses on a different theme: leadership, community history and culture, natural resources, business and commerce, education, legal systems, human resources, government and volunteerism. The year concludes with a community service project.

Organized by The Inspire Foundation (501c3) and founded by the Salem Area Chamber of Commerce, this program has been financially supported by the sponsorship of local businesses, for over 25 years. Its mission is to expose highly motivated and interested people to the community and its issues for the purpose of preparing them to serve in volunteer leadership positions.


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