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    June 11, 2013

    Leadership Cincinnati class 36 graduates

    Leadership Cincinnati Class 36

    The Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber graduated the 54 men and women representing Class 36 of Leadership Cincinnati last Friday, June 7 at the Chamber offices, downtown.

    Leadership Cincinnati, the preeminent leadership development program in Cincinnati USA, sponsored by First Financial Bank, provides participants a broad view of civic leadership through direct contact with a wide variety of institutions and people.

    Class members are chosen from a cross section of the community and represent the region's top levels of leadership. The ten-month program, which kicked off in September 2012, focuses on creating a regional culture of innovation in the areas of education, economic development, inclusion, justice, arts and culture, health care, human services and sustainability.

    Each year, five or six project teams are formed from the members of the current Leadership Cincinnati USA class to deliver significant support to various segments of the Greater Cincinnati community. Participation in a project team provides class members the opportunity to work closely with like-minded individuals and effect change.

    Class 36 will add six projects to the ever growing list of great ones initiated by previous Leadership Cincinnati classes including great ones like Crayons to Computers and the Charitable Pharmacy at St. Vincent de Paul, among others.

    Class 36 Project Spotlight - Cincinnati Preschool Promise: A chair for every child in a quality preschool

    Leadership Cincinnati class 36

    Project Summary:

    • The importance and impacts of early childhood education and development for children in Greater Cincinnati is critical to their long-term success in school and in life. And yet, many children are not receiving early childhood development and are socially or cognitively not ready to enter school, and as a result fall behind in earliest grades, therefore not reaching their full economic and human potential (e.g., underemployment, higher rates of illiteracy, poverty and crime).
    • Beyond a lack of awareness, there is insufficient coordinated advocacy/public policy efforts and funding to deliver necessary access to quality preschool education for Greater Cincinnati children.
    • The Leadership Cincinnati Preschool Promise team has partnered with United Way's Success By Six and The Strive Partnership as the "backbone" organizations that are effectively convening partners (4C for Children, Cincinnati Public School leaders and board members, local/state public officials, key community business leaders, faith-based leaders) to catalyze a transformation in quality preschool access for children across the city.

    Project Purpose: a PROMISE and an INITIATIVE

    • A promise to provide access to a quality preschool to all 3- and 4-year olds in Cincinnati
    • An initiative to enable families to send children to quality preschools/childcare centers
      • Eligibility determined on a sliding scale, based on child's age (priority given to 3 and 4 year olds), household income (% of federal poverty level)
      • Quality matters: All eligible schools would be top quality-rated programs
       

    Project Objectives/Goals:

    • Affordable, quality pre-school education for every eligible child in Cincinnati
    • Kindergarten readiness scores at 80+% by 2020
    • 3rd grade reading results in top 5% of the US
    • Enlist our city's highest leaders in supporting the long-term sustainability of a quality preschool education for every child

    Project Team Members:

    • Yousuf Ahmad, CEO, Mercy Health
    • Pamela Coleman Brailsford, Senior Director of Supplier Diversity & Sustainability, Cintas Corporation
    • Jennifer Dauer, Vice President/General Manager, New Business Creation, Global Beauty & Grooming, Procter & Gamble
    • Jamie Gerdsen, President and CEO, Apollo Heating Cooling and Plumbing
    • David Jenike, Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens
    • Patrick Lafley, Managing Director, Quadrant Partners
    • Sherri Prentiss, Vice President of Marketing, Cincinnati Symphony and Pops Orchestra
    • Cheryl Rose, Managing Director, Wealth Management, PNC Wealth Management
    • Liza Smitherman, Vice President of Professional Development, Jostin Construction
    • Shiloh Turner, Vice President of Community Investment, The Greater Cincinnati Foundation

     Other projects coming out of Class 36 include an employee retention 'dream manager' program, an online multicultural resource guide and ambassador program, a community farm for food pantries, a plan for improving transportation to medical care, and a program bridging the awareness and program gap around the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) industry in the community.

    Read more here and look for more project spotlights in future currents issues.

     More information about Leadership Cincinnati

    The Leadership Cincinnati program is presented by:

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