October 12, 2010
This year’s Leadership class looks at creating a culture of innovation
Class 34 of Leadership Cincinnati USA assembled for the “Call to Leadership” Sept. 7 at the Taft Center overlooking Fountain Square, the symbolic center of the region. The program remains grounded in its historic mission to provide participants the knowledge, skills, confidence and network of contacts to step forward and assume greater responsibility as community leaders.
At the same time, the program is also evolving, thanks in part to the support of its new presenting sponsor, First Financial Bank. “As a relatively new player in Cincinnati, we feel that this is a great opportunity to help men and women in our community network with each other, gain information about many aspects of the city and the region, and develop strong bonds with each other that they can use to do a better job professionally and as community leaders,” said Claude Davis, president and CEO of First Financial Bank.
The financial support of First Financial will allow Leadership Cincinnati and its nearly 1,400 graduates to make even better use of online communications such as LinkedIn (by which all materials are now delivered to participants). A new blog, Leading Cincinnati, will expand the distribution of ideas explored in Dan Hurley’s monthly essays drawing on Cincinnati history. The blog also will open up the discussion generated in Leadership Cincinnati to the larger community.
In addition, the director and the steering committee continue to revise the program to make sure it is relevant. The curriculum has been designed to integrate the important regional work of Agenda 360 and Vision 2015. For example, what was once “Government Day” has been redesigned as “Think Regionally.”
For the first time, all programs throughout the year will focus on a unifying theme, “creating a culture of innovation.” The health program, for example, will focus on the groundbreaking efforts at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center to transform patient care through its “pursuit of perfection” initiative as well as its substantial investment in research. The economic development program will focus attention on the importance of Cincinnati’s identification as a consumer marketing hub of innovation and opportunity.
Enhancements to this preeminent leadership program will further connect today’s leaders with initiatives and projects driving our region’s future.