Leadership Action

Activating Our Community's Leaders

Leadership Action

Leadership Action is an extension of Leadership Cincinnati that is focused completely on designing and executing a single project. The focus of each year’s work is grounded in the community priorities that have already been articulated by the United Way’s Bold Goals, Agenda 360 and Vision 2015. Applications are now open for the second class.

Class 2 will choose its own focus, but we are suggesting several topics to strongly consider: 

  1. Workforce Development: This would build on the work of Class 1.  Local IT and advanced manufacturing companies have thousands of good paying jobs, but cannot find candidates locally and have trouble recruiting qualified candidates to locate here. We challenge the class to work with those employers to design a response. 

  2. Neighborhood Development: Participants of our Leadership Exchange trip for CEOs to Atlanta this year were impressed by the successful revitalization of the East Lake community. The Atlanta model has grown into the Purpose Built Communities organization which promotes a holistic approach to neighborhood redevelopment, addressing housing, employment, education and social services.  We challenge the class to benchmark the Purpose Built approach against other models, crafting an approach that fits Cincinnati and launching that effort.  We recognize that this would become a multi-year commitment. 

  3. Address Family Homelessness: Great strides have been made in addressing the challenge of homelessness for individual men and women through Strategies to End Homelessness. But the plight of homeless families has not been successfully addressed.  St. Vincent de Paul has developed the broad outlines of a response.  We challenge the class to assist in moving the plan forward through the creation of a business plan. 

  4. Sustainability: Several organizations have been working on reclaiming the Mill Creek, converting it into an urban asset. We challenge the class to embrace this effort and speed up the transformation. 

  5. Wild Card—class choice 

Leadership Action will help the participants move beyond the confines of their organizations to become engaged in the way public policy and decision making occur in the complex environment of the community setting.  That experience will be immediately valuable 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 leadership positions in their businesses and organizations.

The participants will learn methods to analyze the current state of affairs, ways to benchmark against best practices in other regions, ways to work effectively on highly diverse teams and ways 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+ 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 be the people who know how to “get things done.” 

Seeking 20-25 leaders of all ages. Graduates of Leadership Cincinnati, WE Lead and C-Change are especially encouraged to apply.


Download Class 2 Application

Application deadline is March 6, 2015. 


Leadership Action will run from May-April 2015 (12 mo.)


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

For more information, contact Dan Hurley, dhurley@cincinnatichamber.com or 513-579-3141.

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