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.  

Questions? Contact Sean Comer at scomer@cincinnatichamber.com

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.
Presenting Investor:
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Supporting Investor:

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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 


$5,000 for Chamber Members
$6,000 for Non-Members
*Partial scholarships may be available for those with financial need, and can be requested within the application. Payment plan options are also available. Contact Andrea Mersmann at amersmann@cincinnatichamber.com 

Program Timeframe:

September 2023 – May 2024
Sessions will be in-person unless otherwise notified

Class 47 2023-2024 Dates:
(Class Sessions run from 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. unless otherwise noted below)
September 7, 2023 Kick-Off & Distinguished Alumni Event (3 – 9 p.m.)
*September 21-22, 2023 Opening Retreat (Overnight; 9 a.m. Thursday – 4 p.m. Friday)
October 12, 2023 Class Session
October 26, 2023 Class Session
November 16, 2023 Class Session
December 14, 2023 Class Session (9 a.m.– 9 p.m.)
January 25, 2024 Class Session
*Friday, February 16, 2024 Inclusion Session (9 a.m. – 9 p.m., no overnight)
*Saturday, February 17, 2024 Inclusion Retreat (9 a.m. – 1 p.m.)
March 21, 2024 Class Session
April 18, 2024 Class Session
May 9-10, 2024Closing Retreat (Overnight; 9 a.m. Thursday – 2 p.m. Friday)
May 23, 2024 Graduation (3 – 8 p.m.)

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 Session are mandatory parts of the program. 

Refer a Leader Today:

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


Applications for Class 47 are open. 


Questions? Contact Sean Comer at scomer@cincinnatichamber.com

*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.


Your application will be considered complete after you:

  • Complete and submit the online application.
  • Submit your headshot via the online application.
  • Submit your non-refundable $50 application fee. After you click submit on your online application, you will be automatically redirected to submit your payment for the application fee.
  • Have your reference submit the reference form on your behalf by the application due date.

Application Fee:

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



Have questions? Contact Sean Comer at scomer@cincinnatichamber.com.

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