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    February 09, 2016

    Affect positive change in Cincinnati

    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.

    The 20 to 25 leaders admitted to the program each year are 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 typically have a reputation as people who know how to “get things done.” Graduates of Leadership Cincinnati, WE Lead and C-Change are especially encouraged to apply.

    David Dreith, the COO of Easter Seals and Nick Profitt, a VP with Messer, both graduates of C-Change, have emerged as leaders of Leadership Action Class 2 and the formulation of “Untapped Cincinnati.” This project is focused on helping employers—especially manufacturers and construction firms—recognize that “Returning Citizens” (people released from prison), are a pool of good workers. The team is working on a training program to prepare employers to successfully tap that pool. 

    David Dreith describes himself as “driven to help affect positive change in Cincinnati. “This drive led me to joining C-Change Class 4 a few years ago,” David says. “Leadership Action has been a valuable next step in gaining the opportunity to learn from others by working shoulder to shoulder with a cross-sector team of talented leaders who also happen to be great people to hang around.” 

    After just one year, the potential of Leadership Action to assist participants develop community leadership skills was so obvious that we ended the 20+ year tradition of doing projects in Leadership Cincinnati. We think that we finally have developed a model for helping participants learn project management skills as they are practiced across the companies and organizations in the region and are effective in the public space. 

    Leadership Action runs from April 2016 to March 2017 (12 months). Applications for Class 3 are due February 15, 2016.

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