Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber

Leadership CincinnatiUSA®

The region’s flagship leadership development program designed for the established, seasoned leader who is passionate about making a difference in the Cincinnati community.

Leadership CincinnatiUSA is an immersive civic learning program. This is an experience-based program designed to help participants understand the assets and challenges of the region, elevate their leadership, and further engage in the community.

Target Participants

Upper-level business and community leaders


  • Develop: Continue to enhance and challenge leadership skills. Develop a deeper understanding and appreciation of the assets and challenges of the Cincinnati community
  • Connect: Develop long-lasting business and personal relationships
  • Engage: Determine a meaningful way to further engage in the Cincinnati region based on learnings from the program


The program focuses on providing content, hands on experiences, and conversations with thought leaders from the Cincinnati community. A two-day camp retreat kicks off the class, allowing participants to come together and begin long-lasting relationships. The most valuable components of the program are often the relationships and connections formed.  

Each following session is designed to help participants gain better understanding of key community topics and community interconnections. Topics include Regionalism, Justice, Economic Development, Inclusion, Transportation, Health & Wellness, Arts & Culture, Education and Human Services.

Program Timeframe


2018-2019 Dates

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 If more than two sessions or missed, or either of the mandatory sessions, participants will be withdrawn from the program.

Friday and Saturday September 14-15, 2018 (Camp Joy)
Friday and Saturday February 1-2, 2019 

All Other Sessions:

September 6, 2018 (half day)
October 4, 2018
November 1, 2018 (half day)
November 15, 2018
December 13, 2018
January 17, 2019 
March 7, 2019
April 4, 2019
May 9, 2019
June 6, 2019 (half day)
June 13, 2019 – Graduation (half day)


$4,500 for Chamber Members, $5,500 for 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. This can be requested in the application.

Application Fee

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


The application period is now closed. Applications for Class 43 (2019-2020) will open in early 2019.

It is not uncommon for people to apply two to three times before being accepted into the program. The selection committee works hard to ensure a diverse cross-section of applicants are selected for the program. 


For questions, contact Amy Thompson, 513.579.3141.

Presenting Investor

Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber | 3 East 4th St., Cincinnati, OH 45202 USA | 513.579.3100

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