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    March 13, 2012

    Leadership Cincinnati USA forming Class 36

    Leadership Cincinnati spons by FirstRon DeLyons commented that he began Leadership Cincinnati with “no idea that engaging would culminate in an enlightening rollercoaster ride that boarded with strangers and ended with trusted friends and allies.” Over the last 35 years, the region’s premier leadership development program has been turning strangers into trusted friends and lifelong allies. And right now we are forming Class 36 that will assemble on September 4, 2012 for “The Call to Leadership.”

    Leadership Cincinnati is focused on four themes: community leadership, thinking and acting regionally, developing a regional culture of innovation and bridging the social and economic gaps that divide us. The monthly programs allow participants to get places that would otherwise be closed. During the Health Care program the last two years, participants got to visit labs at Children’s Hospital Medical Center. And during the Human Services program, five members of the class went into the Justice Center to sit down for a discussion with four people imprisoned there.

    Leadership Cincinnati Class 35 exploring STEM education at Hughes High School.
    Under the guidance of a Hughes' student Class 35 members Tom Cooney, President of Cooney Faulkner Stevens, LLC, and Stan Law, COO of the YMCA of Greater Cincinnati, work together to solve a physics problem posed by "Angry Birds."

    Hands-on learning is incorporated into everything we do. Participants accompany a Cincinnati police officer for a 3-11 p.m. shift in their patrol car to see the justice system at work on the street. This year, the program on regional health care used the explosion of type-two diabetes as the case study. Every member of the class had their blood sugar levels tested twice that day, leading one participant to quip, “Leadership Cincinnati isn’t for the faint of heart, they take your blood!”

    One of the most powerful experiences of the course takes place during the Inclusive Leadership program in February. On Friday evening, participants attend one of eight themed dinners. This year, one group sat down with three poor immigrant families at Su Casa in Cartage, while another ate dinner with homeless men and women at City Gospel Mission in Over-the-Rhine.

    In addition to nearly 100 presenters each year, every month Leadership Cincinnati arranges the opportunity to engage established outstanding community leaders in a “Leadership Conversation.”  Over the last year that has included conversations with Jim May, the CEO of Mercy Health Care; Candace McGraw, the CEO of the Greater Cincinnati Northern Kentucky Airport; Cincinnati Police Chief James Craig; Ed Rigaud, the CEO of EnovaPremier; Bob Wehling, retired P&G executive who now is a national leader in educational reform; and Jack Rouse, President of the Music Hall Revitalization Company.

    In addition to the monthly sessions, every member of the program becomes a member of a project team dedicated to moving the community forward.  Over the years that has produced the nationally acclaimed Crayons to Computers and the Charitable Pharmacy at St. Vincent de Paul.  This year, one of the teams is collaborating with the City of Cincinnati, Hamilton County, and the Cincinnati Business Committee and seeking a $100,000 grant to organize a concerted effort to move local government towards greater collaboration. Another team has created a way to use twitter to promote our region (look for CinciBuzz at the Big Pig Gig), while a third team is working on food deserts.

    Each year Leadership Cincinnati seeks to assemble a class of 52 to 54 highly successful men and women who will reflect the diversity of perspectives in our community. That means we are looking for entrepreneurs as well as executives of mid and large corporations. We want doctors and accountants as well as those who head not-for-profit agencies in both the human services, education, artistic and cultural fields. We look for elected officials as well as public administrators. We want residents of Northern Kentucky, Butler, Clermont and Warren Counties as well as Hamilton County. And we want Hispanics, African Americans, Muslims and immigrants. The goal is to create the more impactful the experience possible, and a variety of voices in the class helps move us to that goal.

    Information about the program, including the dates of all sessions can be found at The on-line application is on the site The completed application is due by close of business on Tuesday, May 1, 2012.

    If you have questions, or would like additional information, call Dan Hurley at 513-579-3141 or email him at

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