About Leadership Middle Tennessee

Leadership Middle Tennessee is a regional leadership program founded to engage community and business leaders in the 10 county region of Middle Tennessee. The program is a series of 10 monthly day-and-a-half issues-focused sessions designed to give participants a greater understanding of the critical issues and key players in the region, motivating them to use their skills to become regionally engaged. Participating counties are Cheatham, Davidson, Dickson, Maury, Montgomery, Robertson, Rutherford, Sumner, Williamson and Wilson Counties.

One class of approximately 40 members is selected each year. Selection is based on leadership achievements, potential to contribute to the economic and cultural development of Middle Tennessee and ongoing commitment to Leadership Middle Tennessee’s regional mission. Participants are chosen from a variety of occupations and levels of community and regional involvement.

Leadership Middle Tennessee is designed to help class members:

  • Understand issues, impacts and implications that affect the region, now and in the future
  • Grasp the “Big Picture” of the Middle Tennessee region
  • Develop an outstanding network of colleagues and collaborators
  • Gain access to key decision makers and industry leaders
  • Strengthen personal leadership skills that will advance community leadership activities

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The program highlights historic and contemporary perspectives on relevant regional themes and features presentations by leading experts and key community leaders. Sessions employ a mix of interactive presentations, facilitated dialogue, behind-the-scenes visits and more. Session topics include Education and Workforce Development, Housing, Ft. Campbell, Agriculture, Healthcare, Quality of Life, Technology, Manufacturing, Public Policy and Politics, Transportation, Historic Preservation, Sports and Leisure, Tourism, Natural Resources and Environmental Issues.

Sessions take place the third Wednesday and Thursday of each month from September through May. Please note there is an orientation session in September and two sessions in April. See our session listing for 2019-2020.


Participants in the program are active business, government, university and non-profit leaders who have demonstrated a high level of community commitment. Many participants will have already participated in a local leadership program.

Leadership Middle Tennessee graduates are expected to stay involved and committed to the organization after graduation by:

  • Assisting with planning county sessions
  • Participating in alumni events
  • Serving on the board of directors or board committees
  • Recommending future participants
  • Providing financial support

If you would like to nominate a potential candidate for Leadership Middle Tennessee, please complete this form.



Tuition is $1,500 for the annual program. This covers all speaker costs, materials, meals and transportation during the sessions.  Expenses such as transportation to and from the sessions and hotel accommodations are not covered by tuition. Tuition should be paid by August 1.

Mission Statement

To Inspire Regional Leadership


Leadership Middle Tennessee was founded in 1999, as an initiative of Partnership 2000, to contribute to future planned and sustainable economic and community growth and development in the ten-county area through the participation of community, non-profit, government and business leaders. 

Leadership Middle Tennessee is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization overseen by a regional board comprised of the Leadership Middle Tennessee alums, business, and community leaders. Leadership Middle Tennessee offices are in Hendersonville, TN.

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