Participants attend a two-day retreat, a one-day mid-year retreat, and nine one-day sessions over a ten-month period. Participants will be allowed to miss one full session; however, attendance at both of the retreats is REQUIRED. Tuition is $750 and includes retreat lodging, all outings/meals. If you are unable to make this commitment, it is not in your best interest to apply at this time.

2-Day Retreat

The program begins with a two-day retreat at the DuBose Conference Center in Monteagle, Tennessee. Through various activities, a personality analysis, self-assessment and the perceptions of your classmates, you will learn a great deal about your leadership attributes and those of your classmates. Participants may dress casual for the fall retreat; however, be aware photos will be used for PR/website. The retreat is scheduled for September 13-14, 2019.

1-Day Mid-Year Retreat

This one-day retreat is a “follow-up” to the opening two-day retreat. Usually held at Volunteer State Community College in Gallatin in late January, at this retreat you will review the information that has been presented to you about the community and each other. You will also hear from community leaders who have played significant roles in the development of Sumner County. The retreat is tentatively scheduled for January 11, 2019.

Monthly Educational Sessions

Monthly educational sessions are designed to promote interest and awareness of local issues and challenges, and a rare opportunity to interact with community leaders in government, business, and civic organizations. Sessions are scheduled on the second Wednesday of each month (October through June, with the exception of February, this date has the potential to change based upon the legislative sessions) from approximately 8:00am - 5:00pm. Prior to applying to this program, a candidate should discuss time constraints and scheduling with their employer. Participants will take part in lectures, panel discussions, demonstrations, workshops, field trips and special projects. Business casual is appropriate for most outings. Semi-formal is required for Legislative Day. Please keep in mind that closed-toe shoes are required for some factory tours, and slacks are recommended. Use of mobile phones is permitted during breaks.

Wednesday, October 16, 2019
Sumner County History and Government
(Off pattern to accommodate Sumner County Schools Fall Break)

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Wednesday, December 11, 2019
Health and Wellness

Wednesday, February 12, 2020
State Government

Wednesday, March 11,  2020
Sumner County Law Day

Wednesday, April 8, 2020
Economic Development & Agriculture Day

Wednesday, May 13, 2020
Year in Review, Graduation


Additional Activities

Participants are required to attend additional activities during the program. Activities range from attending City/County Governmental Meetings to shadowing a Police Officer during their regular shift.


The program concludes with a Leadership Summer graduation ceremony and reception. In order to graduate from the Leadership Sumner program each participant must attend both retreats and at least eight of the nine monthly educational sessions. Family members and friends of the graduates, as well as city and county leaders are invited and encouraged to attend the graduation ceremony. Absenteeism will result in your being unable to participate in graduation with your class. In order to be able to graduate with the next year’s class, you will be required to make up classes missed the following year or you will be dropped. Upon the completion of the Program, many of Leadership Sumner's graduates go on to further their education and knowledge on a broader scale by participating in the Leadership Middle Tennessee Program.