Program Topics


This six-month program kick starts with an overnight orientation and retreat to the St. Columba Conference Center where class members have a chance to become acquainted. Every year the class is challenged with a variety of group activities. 

Following the retreat, participants meet to explore behind-the-scenes leadership and operations of Bartlett and Shelby County and will also spend two days in Nashville visiting State Government. A wide range of issues are covered in each of these sessions with a focus on what it takes to be a leader in business or in the community. A sampling of topics include: inner workings of city government, structure of health and an overview of the State Legislature process. Each session is specifically designed to stimulate and educate participants.


• City Government Leadership

• County Government Leadership

• State Government in Action

• Media’s Impact on the Business Community

       • Why the Arts Require Leaders

       • Local Trends in Education & Workforce                              Development

• Challenges in Leadership Course

• Chamber of Commerce – the Voice of  the Private Sector

• Fundamentals of Economic Development 

      • Industry Tours

• Issues Behind the Health Care Debate

• Local Infrastructure & Resiliency



Leadership Bartlett was one of the most informative, interesting, and professional experiences I have had in the business community. The class offers business professionals the opportunity to learn priceless amounts of information about our community at the local and state level and provides a great forum for developing business and personal relationships with our peers.”

Darrin Brady, Kele Inc. 


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