Leadership Action

Activating Our Community's Leaders

Leadership Action

Leadership Action is a hands-on leadership development experience for senior executives which focuses on designing and executing a single project capable of moving the needle on an issue of importance to the region. Each year the focus is determined by the class with the broad community priorities that have been articulated by regional organizations including the new strategic plan of the Chamber and the Bold Goals of the United Way.

Leadership Action is designed to help the participants move beyond the confines of their companies and organizations to engage in the way public policy and decision making occur in the complex environment of the community setting. That experience will be immediately valuable everyone in their current positions and help prepare a cadre of experienced and wise community leaders for the time that they will be in the top positions in their businesses and organizations.

The participants will learn methods to analyze the current state of affairs, to benchmark against best practices in other regions, to work effectively on highly diverse teams and to achieve results in a conflicted environment in which no single authority can unilaterally impose a solution. The result will be concrete progress on the community level and the development of highly skilled leadership cadre that know how to work across companies and organizations.


To create a space in which a team of the brightest, most promising and passionate business, community and entrepreneurial leaders work together to drive change in the most important sectors of our community.


The 20 to 25 leaders admitted to the program each year will be drawn from the talented ranks of local businesses and not-for profit organizations who are on the path to the highest levels of leadership in their organizations. They would already have a reputation as people who know how to “get things done.”

View Leadership Action class rosters

Graduates of Leadership Cincinnati, WE Lead and C-Change are especially encouraged to apply.

A Record of Success and Impact

Leadership Action is already making a difference.

Class 1 developed two projects. In August, the Cincinnati Public Schools implemented the Business-Education Connectivity Councils in three test high schools to complement the My Tomorrow initiative by CPS. The program connects prospective employers with students to make them aware of the cross section of jobs available in the regional economy. The focus is not only on jobs that require a four-year college degree, but also jobs that require associate degrees or certifications. On November 17, over 300 CPS students attended the first jointly organized Career Expo. Business people are also inviting students toView Leadership Action class rosters shadow and are advising them on everything from job choices to resume development.

The Prosperity for All project team in Class 1 pursued a daring plan that received permission from the State of Ohio for a demonstration project in Hamilton County that will be implemented beginning in March 2016. Hamilton County Job and Family Services, Easter Seals and Cincinnati State will work with recipients of public assistance to pursue one of four intensive certification programs. The goal is to prepare graduates to work in jobs with real career ladders, rather than dead end minimum wage jobs.

The Untapped Cincinnati project currently under development by Class 2 is designed to help employers recognize “returning citizens” as a potential pool of skilled workers and develop the tool kit to assist them in successfully integrate them into their workforces.


Leadership Action runs from April 2016 to March 2017 (12 months). Specific session dates listed on application.


Applications for Class 3 are due February 26, 2016. Submission instructions detailed on application.

Download Class 3 Application
Download Class 3 Recommendation Form


Program cost is $4,000. Application fee is $50. Pay application fee here.


For more information, contact Amy Thompson, athompson@cincinnatichamber.com or 513-579-3141.

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