Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber

Leadership Action

This leadership program leverages the expertise and passion of the community’s business leaders to advance change and elevate Cincinnati’s community profile.

Leadership Action assembles the “go-to” leaders of Cincinnati’s companies. They develop leadership and team skills by selecting an actionable project and working to accomplish a community-changing objective. 

Target Participants

Approx. 18 influential action-oriented leaders passionate about making community change


  • Develop: Enhance personal leadership, “leading through influence” in a cross-functional team setting
  • Connect: Develop long-lasting business and personal relationships
  • Engage: Work closely with community organizations to understand & help solve key community issues


Leaders will enhance personal leadership skills in a team setting, diving into important community topics and being challenged by thought leaders. 

The Cincinnati Chamber collects Requests for Proposals (RFPs) from community agencies, entrepreneurs, businesses and individuals working on projects focused on key community topics. The top five projects are presented. Each Leadership Action class decides which project(s) it will solve against.
Leaders form long-lasting relationships through monthly sessions and a two-day camp retreat. Each session is designed around a key topic such as social change, creating sustainable projects, voice of the customer, power of storytelling, making the perfect pitch, etc. More info about Leadership Action Project Proposals.

Participants also gain access to many of the region's hidden gems. The group will meet in unique locations and participate in tours and activities that support chosen topics.

Program Timeframe


2018-2019 Program Dates

Participation is critical for the success of the program. If you miss more than two sessions, or either of the mandatory sessions, you will be withdrawn from the program. 

Thursday and Friday, October 18-19, 2018 (Camp Joy Weekend)
Thursday, May 16, 2019 – Graduation (half day)

Session Days:
Thursday, October 11, 2018 - Call to Action (half day)
Thursday, October 25, 2018 - Project Pitch (half day)
Thursday, November 29, 2018 
Thursday, December 6, 2018
Thursday, January 17, 2019 
Thursday, February 21, 2019
Thursday, March 21, 2019
Thursday, April 18, 2019


$4,000 Chamber Members, $5,000 Non-Members. Check Member Directory. A limited number of partial scholarships are granted annually to members of smaller not-for-profits and entrepreneurs who require financial assistance.

Application Fee

$50 (non-refundable). Applicants will be asked to pay via credit card at the end of the online application process.


Applications for Class 6 (2018-2019) are now open. Deadline to apply is May 25, 2018.

How to Apply


For questions, contact Amy Thompson, 513.579.3141.

Project Proposals

Do you or your organization/business have an idea that could benefit from the focused effort, energy and resources of the passionate leaders? Submit a Leadership Action Project Proposal.


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