April 30, 2013
Leadership Cincinnati class goes back to school with “Promise”
Front row (l to r): Patrick Lafley, Quandrant Partners; Jamie Gerdsen, Apollo Heating and Air Conditioning; David Jenike, Cincinnati Zoo
Back row (l to r): Shiloh Turner, Greater Cincinnati Foundation; Sherri Prentiss, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra; Jenifer Dauer, P&G; Cheryl Rose, PNC Bank; Pamela Coleman-Brailsford, Cintas; Liza Smitherman, Jostin Construction.
Ensuring that local preschools are both quality and affordable has become the focus of a Chamber-sponsored leadership team. Leadership Cincinnati's Class 36, comprised of 10 business leaders, last week unveiled their Preschool Promise initiative. Their signatures on the promise added to dozens of other community and business leaders who have also signed off on the plan.
The project will require a mix of public and private funding and aims to offer financial assistance to up to 1,000 Cincinnati preschoolers. Fundraising will begin this fall, as will a trial program featuring up to 50 children.
"Leadership Cincinnati functions as an incubator for innovative ideas that have the potential to improve the community," said Dan Hurley, the Director of Leadership Cincinnati. "Like any incubator, most ideas don't pan out, but the Preschool Promise taps into an important community priority and has great promise to improve the prospects of thousands of children in the coming years," he said.
Class 36 is set to graduate from the Chamber's Leadership Cincinnati program in June.
The Leadership Cincinnati program is presented by: