Leadership Action

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Leadership Action is a hands-on leadership development experience for senior leaders passionate about creating real change for the community. Each class selected works closely with a community organization to help move the needle and solve against the region's most critical issues.


  • 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. 

Curriculum & Projects

In this program, leaders will enhance their personal leadership skills in a team setting, dive into important community topics (e.g. talent gaps, poverty, etc.), and be challenged by thought leaders. 

For each class, 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 will be presented to the Leadership Action class and the group will decide which one or two to solve against throughout the year.

Leaders form long-lasting relationships through a two-day retreat at Camp Joy and monthly sessions. 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

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

Project Examples

Leadership Action is already making a difference.

Leadership Action helped Cincinnati Public Schools (CPS) implement the Business-Education Connectivity Councils in three test high schools to complement the My Tomorrow initiative by CPS. The program connects prospective employers with students to make them aware of the cross section of jobs available in the regional economy. Learn more about BECC. 

The Prosperity for All project team pursued a daring plan that received permission from the State of Ohio for a demonstration project in Hamilton County. The goal is to prepare graduates to work in jobs with real career ladders, rather than dead end minimum wage jobs. Learn more about Prosperity for All. 

Request for Community Projects     

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


The 25-30 leaders admitted into the program will be drawn from the talented ranks of local businesses and not-for profit organizations who are in key roles of influence within their organization such as director, manager or executive. They are action oriented leaders with a reputation of being a person who “get things done.” In the spirit of the Chamber’s Diverse by Design® initiative, we actively seek participation of immigrants as well as racial and ethnic minorities. Graduates of Leadership Cincinnati, WE Lead and C-Change are encouraged to apply to continue their leadership journey. 

Key Dates

Leadership Action Class 4 (2017-2018) Class Session Dates:

Thursday, September 28, 2017 - Call to Action
Thursday and Friday, October 5-6, 2017 - Raft Trek (Camp Joy) - Mandatory
Tuesday, October 17 - Project Pitch
Thursday, November 16, 2017
Thursday, December 14, 2017
Thursday, January 18, 2018
Thursday, February 15, 2018
Thursday, March 15, 2018
Thursday, April 19, 2018
Thursday, May 10, 2018
Thursday, May 24, 2018 - Graduation - Mandatory


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, there is an additional $1,000 fee. A limited number of partial scholarships are granted annually to members of smaller not-for-profits and entrepreneurs who require financial assistance. Contact Amy Thompson at athompson@cincinnatichamber.com to discuss membership or scholarships. 

There is a non-refundable application fee of $50.


The deadline to apply to Class 4 (2017-2018) is Friday, June 16, 2017.

How to Apply >>


For more information, contact Amy Thompson at athompson@cincinnatichamber.com or 513.579.3141.

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First Financial Bank lg    Scripps

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