A Premier Leadership Development Program From The Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber



Turn your awareness into action and become a leader of change. Building Cultural Competence is a leadership development program that equips you with the skills to build bridges across the cultural, political, and social divides in our region and our country. As a participant, you will widen your perspectives and deepen your understanding of others and yourself, helping you grow into a more effective leader capable of embracing difference as a competitive advantage and leading a cultural shift within your organization.

Now Accepting Applications | Application Deadline: August 15, 2022 | Sessions Start September 14, 2022


Questions? Contact Devona Stripling at dstripling@cincinnatichamber.com

Presenting Investors:

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  • Measuring the cultural competence of the participants and charting improvements over time
  • Enhancing understanding of one’s own worldview and cultural identity, including implicit/unconscious bias
  • Increasing knowledge of differences viewed through race, ethnicity and gender
  • Equipping participants with tools for communication and behavior that bridge differences
  • Creating an ongoing, cross-cultural dialogue that examines how we increase inclusion in our region
  • Fostering a network of individuals, companies and groups who serve as champions of change in our communities
  • Skill building for cultural competence from awareness to knowledge to skills
  • The impact of our emotions (EQ) on how we relate to and deal with differences
  • The impact of moral foundations on decision making
  • The neuroscience of bias and strategies to mitigate bias
  • SMART goals with a focus on action planning designed to create system change and impact

Business, non-profit, and community leaders from all sectors


All sessions run 8:30 AM-12:30 PM unless otherwise noted

  • September 14, 2022 – Opening Reception & Kickoff (4 - 6:30 PM)
  • September 27, 2022 – Session 1
  • October 12, 2022 – Session 2
  • October 26, 2022 – Session 3
  • November 17, 2022 – Session 4
  • November 30, 2022 – Graduation (4 - 6:30 PM)

Chamber Members – $1,500
Non-Members – $2,500

There is a non-refundable $50 application fee due at the time of submission.


Applications for Fall 2022 are open and due by Monday, August 15, 2022


Meet Your Coach

Priya Dhingra Klocek, President & CEO, Consultant On The Go LLC.

Priya is a business consultant, executive coach, mentor, and facilitator. Her mission is to help organizations manage and develop their most important assets: People. Her consulting practice, Consultant On The Go LLC, focuses on diagnosing and improving the fundamental human interactions upon which all successful businesses are built. Priya has more than 18 years of experience working with a variety of organizations on employee development, communication, change management, emotional intelligence, global diversity, and cultural competence. Priya has extensive experience in conducting skills assessments, analyzing results, and facilitating debrief sessions. Priya’s corporate experience includes working for companies like Ashland Inc., Convergys, Great American Insurance, and Fifth Third Bank. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in business from the College of Mount St. Joseph and a Master’s degree in Human Resource Development from Xavier University. She is certified in various assessment tools and methodologies, and is a coach practitioner.

Priya Klocek Bio

What past participants had to say...

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"Participating in the Building Cultural Competencies program through the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber has been one of the most eye-opening experiences I have participated in during my 20-year career in Cincinnati. I came to the class questioning how I could become a better ally and advocate for my friends, family, co-workers, and overall community and walked away having a deep awareness of the continued learning and introspective work I need to do. Recognizing how I live in this world is an important step I need to take so I can move from minimization to adaptation."
Erin Horsley, Senior Director of Membership Support, Girl Scouts of Western Ohio

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"The Building Cultural Competence course was extremely impactful for me. The team broke down the barriers and stigmas of bias, and created a safe environment to explore how and why we feel the way we do. It can be an uncomfortable space, and they taught us how to lean into that discomfort to really learn and grow as people. I made meaningful connections with my cohort that will last beyond this training. I highly recommend Building Cultural Competence to anyone looking to further their growth and development!"

Jeff Walton, Director H.R., Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens


“My experience in Building Cultural Competence at the Chamber provided multiple opportunities. It wasn’t just about gaining the understanding of others, but also gaining perspective of self and discovering some of the hidden characteristics that we may or may not realize. On top of potential bias, it also showed how we relate to and understand ourselves. It also was an amazing way to connect with and learn about other professionals across the Greater Cincinnati area.”

Amy E. Hull, Manager, DE&I Paycor

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