Leadership Cincinnati

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Leadership Cincinnati USA

This flagship leadership development program has a long and proud history, and a large, strong alumni association. Designed for an established, senior leader looking to make a difference in the community, many of the region's top business and community leaders are graduates of Leadership Cincinnati USA.  

Experiential Learning

Leadership Cincinnati is an active, immersive learning experience. Employing the best adult learning practices, participants not only "learn about," they "learn by doing."

Participants will gain access to established leaders and have an opportunity to engage them in leadership conversations.  For the current class that has included opportunities to meet and talk with Laura Brunner, Otto Budig, John Cranley, Chuck Scheper, Yousuf Ahmad, the new Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Neil, the new Cincinnati Police Chief Jeffrey Blackwell, Jeff Weedman, Mary Ronan and many others.

But the most important learning comes from two sources. First, participants learn from the other members of their class. We work very hard to fill each class with people who bring a wide variety of experiences and perspectives to the program. That includes participants from large corporations as well as mid and small companies and entrepreneurs; from for-profit and not-for-profit organizations; immigrants as well as native born; and minorities (whether defined by race, religion or in other ways).  It is this diversity that allows us to reach our goal—to help each participant gain the knowledge, skills and confidence to step more into community leadership roles and assume greater responsibility for shaping our common future as a region.

Second, you will encounter people from every strata of the community. In December you will have an opportunity to ride with a Cincinnati Police. In February, after spending a full day at the Islamic Center in West Chester, members of the class might have dinner in a Jewish home, with Mexican immigrants, with homeless people or with people with physical or mental disabilities. In March you will have the chance to visit a variety of early childhood settings. In April you will have the opportunity to sit down and talk for 90 minutes with people using social services at 10 different agencies. In May you might go from a muddy exploration of the Mill Creek to trying your hand at glassblowing. 

Class Projects 

And it is not just about taking in new information and new experiences. Over the years, Leadership Cincinnati classes have left their mark on the community through class projects.  That has included creating the Charitable Pharmacy (which filled $4.9 million of prescriptions for free in 2013); the Power Pack program (which provides critical food for nearly 4,000 students in 90 schools every week); Cincy Bikes and the breakthrough Preschool Promise program that has placed access to quality preschool on the region’s agenda. See past class projects.


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.

Application & Timing

Applications for Leadership Cincinnati Class 40 (2016-2017) will be available in February 2016. 


Tuition is $4,300 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.


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Sponsored by:

 First Financial Bank md

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