2019 Oregon Leadership Academy Information Coming Soon!





Congratulations, 2017 Graduates! 

Congratulations to the 2017 graduating class of the Oregon Leadership Academy! It was the culmination of a four-month, three-session training and development program held in locations across the state. Through the program, the Association identifies emerging REALTOR® leaders, motivates them, and sharpens their leadership skills. Following completion, the Association expects graduates to exert a strong, positive influence on the future of the Association and the real estate profession. Look out for these up-and-comers in future leadership positions for your industry!

2016 OLA Graduates' Names

Oregon Leadership Academy+

The Oregon Association of REALTORS® will be taking a breif hiatus in 2018 after 15 new graduates joined the ranks in 2017.

Look forward to more information for 2019 where academy participants will work together in training courses, combining individual study, group session, and actual project experience in using leadership skills. Training sessions include identification of leadership skills, team-building exercises, procedures for goal setting, personal profile analysis, network building, and improving communications skills. We recognize that leadership development is an essential element in the process of improving our associations and our profession.

The Oregon Leadership Academy is a program to help identify emerging REALTOR® leaders and assist in sharpening their leadership skills.  We do this hoping these leaders will exert a strong, positive influence on the future of the REALTOR® organization and the real estate profession.



  • Identify Oregon REALTORS® who have demonstrated leadership potential through job-related and community activities
  • Train participants by developing leadership skills
  • Motivate participants by:
    • Increasing awareness of real estate and association management issues and challenges
    • Involving in problem-solving activities on issues of current interest
    • Developing leaders across the state who are actively involved in improving our Association and profession

 2017 OLA Graduates

2016 OLA Graduates


2015 OLA Graduates

What are previous graduates saying about OLA?+

Joining Leadership Academy was one of the best professional moves I could have made.  It enabled me to connect and grow in ways that I never expected, allowing me to provide the highest and best value to our clients and industry by gaining knowledge and insight far greater than my own transactions and experiences. Leadership has opened my eyes to real estate at a whole new level.  I feel empowered being able to provide insight to my clients about real issues that impact our industry and their private property rights.
- Jessica Tindell, OLA Class of 2015, Portland Metro Association of REALTORS®


I became president of my local board the year after I graduated from OLA. The knowledge and experienced I gained from my year in the Leadership Academy equipped me to be a much better president then I would have been. Even more incredible, however, has been the relationships I built with my fellow OLA graduates. While it's great to have new professional connections, it's been more than that. Now they're my friends.
- Adam Schwend, OLA Class of 2016, Tillamook County Board of REALTORS®


Attending OLA gave me the confidence to continue the path that I am currently on as a REALTOR®. It enabled me to better understand my role as a leader in the industry, but most importantly, the genuine passion I have for this business. A byproduct of the Leadership Academy are the connections I made with my other classmates and becoming an active part in friendship, professionalism, and the expanded sphere of REALTORS® stretching across the state.

- Hector Garcia, OLA Class of 2015, Salem Association of REALTORS®


I attended the Oregon Leadership Academy in 2015. Many people I admire and strive to follow in my association have attended OLA in previous years and they encouraged me to go. They understood the impact it has on your knowledge of leadership and how getting involved can positively impact your career. The 3-year leadership career plan that OLA helped me to create has been my outline for the past years and I refer back to each time I complete a goal. OLA not only helped me to get more organized in my first chair position with our association, but it also helped me to meet others from around the state to start an amazing network and friendships in our profession.

- Cheryl Faria, OLA Class of 2015, Rogue Vallye Association of REALTORS® 

REALTOR® Leadership Program+

The REALTOR® Leadership Program (RLP) is designed to produce quality REALTOR® leaders that are equipped with the skills and knowledge necessary to lead local and state associations. The REALTOR® Leadership Program focuses on key leadership skills and association management, including:

  1. Strategic planning
  2. Risk management
  3. Building relationships with volunteers
  4. Conflict resolution
  5. Association structure
  6. Governance



Leadership 100 is optional and offered online.

Leadership 200 and Leadership 300 are taught in one, combined full-day session.

RLP is open to all REALTORS®. Participants will receive a REALTOR® Leadership Program certificate upon completion. This training is not valid for CE credit.

If you are interested in bringing the REALTOR® Leadership Program to your office, brokerage, or association, contact OAR for ways to offer Leadership 200 and Leadership 300.