What is REAL Oregon?

REAL Oregon is a leadership enhancement and development program is designed for farming, ranching, forestry, and commercial fishing professionals, producers, affiliated industries, association staff, public agency personnel, and members of resource related boards, commissions, and associations, and other. Class members participate in one session per month at five different locations (from November through March) across the state learning important leadership skills.

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Professional & Personal Development Topics

  • Board governance
  • Running effective meetings
  • Conflict resolution & communication in crisis
  • Media training
  • Prepared and impromptu public speaking
  • Personal strengths evaluation – Strength’s Finder
  • Presenting yourself for success
  • Oregon’s legislative process
  • Listening and why it matters

Local Focus Panels

  • Fishermen’s wives – building a flexible and responsive community support network to protect and advance Oregon’s fisheries 
  • Klamath Water Project – Leaders with different interests, representing their communities, and coming together to find solutions to Klamath’s need for water 
  • Agency Directors – Balancing regulation and industry education to protect our Natural Resources
  • History of Oregon’s O&C lands – Review of the historical decisions made around the management of Oregon forests, their lasting impacts, and complexity of managing public resources
  • Fire resilience in Oregon – Protecting lives, industries, and forests by understanding the complexity of fire science and our changing environment

Program Curriculum

  • Board Governance
  • Communication Skills
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Media Relations
  • Government Interaction and Public Policy
  • Professional Presentation

  • Public Speaking

  • Personal Strength Assessments

  • Bridging the Urban, Suburban, and Rural Divide

  • Cross Industry Networking and Education

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$10,000 Sustaining Level Sponsors


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