Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber

Leadership CincinnatiUSA®

The region’s flagship community 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 a 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



Participation is critical for the success of the program. If more than two sessions are missed, or either of the mandatory sessions, participants will be withdrawn from the program. A typical session day is 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Class 44 (2020-2021) Program Dates
Call to Leadership: Thursday, August 27, 2020
Teambuilding Day: Friday September 11, 2020

Thursday, October 8, 2020 - Understanding Our Region
Thursday, October 29, 2020 - Equity in Our Region
Thursday, November 19, 2020 - Innovation & Impact
Thursday, December 3, 2020 - Leading a Just Community
Thursday, January 14, 2021 - Leading the Next Generation
Friday & Saturday, February 12-13 - Inclusive Leadership
Thursday, March 18, 2021 - Economic Vibrancy
Thursday, April 8, 2021 - Leading a Healthy Community
Thursday, April 29, 2021 - Leading Through the Arts
Thursday & Friday, May 13-14 - Living Your Legacy

Commencement & Alumni Party: Thursday, June 3, 2021


$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 for Class 44 (2020-2021) is now open and will close June 1, 2020.


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.

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