The New Leaders Collective (NLC) is a network of new and young leaders who enjoy community collaboration, conversation and service.


Through our series of free (or low-cost) events, the New Leaders Collective helps connect our members with community leaders, elected officials, and opportunities to participate in community discussions and direct service. If you want to attend an event, click here to view our full calendar.

Leadership Spotlights

Leadership Spotlights offer our community a chance to catch up, get informed, and benefit from an exclusive Q&A session with a leader in our community. Past guests include Portland’s First Lady Nancy Hales, former mayor Sam Adams, Commissioner Dan Saltzman, Milagro Theater’s Jose Garcia, NW Health Foundation’s Nicole Maher, and more! All are welcome and encouraged to attend this no-cost event.

Why Behind the Weird

Portland is one of a few cities in the country that has been proudly labeled “Weird.” Our city’s reputation for self-expression has been lovingly satired in IFC’s “Portlandia.” Is the weirdness of our city a caricature or genuine? At Why Behind the Weird low-cost events, we seek to unravel some of the things that give Portland this reputation. Past topics include food culture, bicycle transportation, and more.

The New Leaders Collective chooses the topics and speakers who present and co-sponsor. NLC seeks over time to offer a diversity of perspectives. Unless noted, the topics and opinions expressed at City Club of Portland events are those of the speakers and not necessarily those of the City Club of Portland.