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 engagement and development program for established leaders in c-suite or senior executive positions. This is an experience-based program designed to help established leaders gain a deeper understanding of the region’s assets and challenges, while also expanding their networks and realizing their legacy.  

Leadership CincinnatiUSA Participants will: 

  • Discover new ways to strengthen personal leadership performance and efficacy.
  • Elevate personal leadership presence and influence within the region.  
  • Establish long-lasting relationships with peers in similar life stages and ambitions. 
  • Expand their understanding of the region’s current and long-standing successes and challenges. 
  • Identify new ways to make purposeful impact in the region. 
  • Join other inspirational leaders and collaborate on methods to cultivate a more prosperous and thriving community. 


Leadership Cincinnati focuses on providing valued content, hands on experiences, and conversations with thought leaders from the Cincinnati community. Each session is designed to help participants gain a better understanding of key community topics and community interconnections and ways to further their engagement through their current roles.  

 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.  

Possible topics include:  

Arts & Culture, Economic Development, Education, Health & Wellness, Human Services, Inclusion, Justice, Regionalism, Transportation 

Target Participants:

Established Leaders – C-Suite and Senior Executives 


$4,500 for Chamber Members
$5,500 for Non-Members. Check Member Directory.
*Partial scholarships may be available for those with financial need, and can be requested within the application. Payment plan options are also available. Contact Amy Thompson at athompson@cincinnatichamber.com 

Program Timeframe:

September 2021 - May 2022

*2021 sessions will be in-person unless otherwise notified

Class 45 2021-2022 Dates:
(Class Sessions run generally from 7:30am – 5pm unless otherwise noted below)
September 8, Opening Reception (3:30pm - 7pm)
*September 24-25 - Opening Retreat (9am Friday– 4pm Saturday) MANDATORY
October 14, Class Session
October 28, Class Session
November 18, Class Session
December 16, Class Session
January 27, Class Session
*Friday February 25 - Inclusion Retreat (9am – 9pm) MANDATORY
*Saturday Feb 26 - Inclusion Retreat (9am – 12pm)
March 17, Class Session
April 7, Class Session
April 28, Class Session
May 12 – May 13 - Closing Retreat (9am Thursday – 12pm Friday)
May 25 - Graduation (3:30pm - 7pm)

Participants are expected to attend all sessions. Those who miss more than two sessions will be asked to withdraw from the program.
*The Opening Retreat and Inclusion weekend are mandatory parts of the program. 

Refer a Leader Today:

Email athompson@cincinnatichamber.com the candidate’s name, email address, program name -Leadership Cincinnati and why they would be a great candidate.


Now accepting applications for Class 45 (2021-2022). 
Applications are due May 21, 2021.

*Please note, 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.

Application Fee:

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

How to Apply:

1. Click APPLY NOW and complete the application.
Download Application Questions Here - Please download and fill out the long form questions in advance of starting the application to eliminate loss of work. Copy and paste your answers into the online application.

2. Send your headshot to applications@cincinnatichamber.com

3. Send this Reference Form to your Reference. Due May 21, 2021.

*Note: We recommend saving the application often to prevent loss of work. The application will automatically save once you press return, tab, or click out of text box. Look for green check mark to flash to ensure progress is saved. To re-access application, log in and go to “My Account” > “Programs & Awards,” and click on your application.


Leadership Cincinnati Class 44 2020-2021 Roster


For questions contact Amy Thompson at athompson@cincinnatichamber.com or 513.579.3141.

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