A Different Kind of Leadership Program
"I have been through a lot of great leadership training over the years, but I have never been through a program like Leadership Cincinnati," wrote a member of Class 35 at the conclusion of their year. He went on to say that the program provided "not just a superficial understanding of current and relevant issues, but a deep dive from the lowest level of whatever topic to the senior executive decision makers."
Leadership Cincinnati is focused on community leadership - helping mature professionals develop the knowledge, skills and confidence to assume greater responsibility for leading the Cincinnati region into the future.
Employing the best adult learning practices, the program stresses experience over dry information. Participants not only "learn about," they "learn by doing." That includes everything from a ride-along with a Cincinnati Police officer, to an exploration of the impact of economic development in Over-the-Rhine on walks led by a theatre director and a bicycle cop, as well as a developer. It means having dinner with working class Hispanic immigrants and homeless people, sitting in the living room of a family who lives in public housing and participating in a ballet practice. It also means working intensely with a team of class members on a project to help the community.
Leadership Cincinnati is a highly competitive program. Each year we strive to assemble a class that reflects the diversity of our metropolitan region. Out of the 54 members of each class, 27 men and 27 women, every class has leaders of large corporations, mid-sized companies, and entrepreneurs, as well as not-for-profit leaders and government leaders. In the spirit of the Agenda 360/Vision 2015 "Diverse by Design" initiative, we actively seek participation of immigrants as well as racial and ethnic minorities.
Applications are now closed for Leadership Cincinnati Class 37. Check back in February 2014 for Class 38 recruitment.
Tuition is $4,000 for employees of companies that are members of the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber. If your company or organization is not a member, call Dan Hurley at 513.579.3141 to discuss options. A limited number of partial scholarships are granted annual to members of smaller not-for-profits and entrepreneurs who require financial assistance.
For fees, application information and deadlines, please see the application page. Or, recommend a candidate for our next Leadership Cincinnati class.
"I learned about my own biases, took on different challenges, overcame fears, and did it all in the safety of a group of other participants who now feel and act like close personal family members."