WE Lead

WE Lead is the leadership development program for high potential, goal-oriented women looking to advance their careers and elevate their leadership capabilities. WE Lead prepares, positions, and empowers women at the executive-level to move into higher leadership roles.

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WE Lead is a 10-month executive leadership development experience for high-potential, goal oriented women who are actively preparing for the next level of their career. Participants are high achieving women who are being assigned increasing levels of responsibility within their organization and are on track for future advancement. 

WE Lead women will

  • Advance ability to understand colleagues needs and offer effective support.
  • Be a part of a community of women who will share stories of perseverance, offer support, and provide counsel on career advancement strategies.
  • Build a development plan with clear vision and mission, accomplishment statements, action steps, and measurements for success.
  • Connect with other women leaders to share strategies and support.
  • Deepen self-awareness of professional/personal strengths and assets.
  • Enhance leadership skills and improve positioning for leadership roles.
  • Identify obstacles to professional and personal growth and develop strategy to overcome.
  • Learn tactics to help leverage personal strengths for career advancement.


WE Lead uses a combination of professional development and executive coaching focused on enhancing self-awareness to discover and understand individual strengths and communication styles.
Participants learn leadership skills and strategies unique to their personal and professional development, in order to become extraordinary leaders in their organizations and community. The WE Lead Mastermind Coaching process is guided by an impressive team of executive leadership coaches who create a safe and confidential space for important, life-changing conversations to take place

Target Participants

Advanced leaders and Executive women

    Program Commitment:

    • Kickoff reception
    • Graduation ceremony
    • Two-night overnight retreat
    • 5 full-day sessions,
    • 4 half-day facilitated mastermind group coaching sessions
    • 2 private sessions with a professional coach


    $4,000 for Chamber Members
    $5,000 for Non-Members. Check Member Directory.
    *Fee includes all meals, facilities, materials, etc. 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


    September 2021 – June 2022

    *2021 sessions will be in-person unless otherwise notified

    WE Lead: Class 16 2021-2022 Dates 
    September 1, 3pm - 5:30pm, Opening Reception
    *September 9-10 - Overnight Retreat (9am Thursday – 4pm Friday)
    October 5, 8:30am - 4:30pm, Class Session
    November 9, 8:30am - Noon,  Coaching Session 
    December 7, 8:30am  -4:30pm, Class Session
    January 11, 8:30am - Noon,  Coaching Session
    February 15, 8:30am - 4:30pm, Class Session
    March 8, 8:30am - Noon, Coaching Session
    April 5 8:30am - 4:30pm, Class Session
    May 3, 8:30am - Noon, Coaching Session
    May 17 8:30am - 4:30pm, Class Session
    June 7 – 3pm - 5:30pm, Graduation 
    Participants are expected to attend all sessions. Those who miss more than two sessions will be asked to withdraw from the program.
    *The Overnight Retreat is a mandatory session. 

    Refer a Leader Today:

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


    Now accepting applications for Class 16 (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 the APPLY NOW link 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.

    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.




    An important and unique component of the WE Lead program is the focus on both professional and personal leadership development. The WE Lead Mastermind Coaching process allows class participants the opportunity to explore their leadership abilities, expand their self-awareness and focus on their personal development in order to achieve goals and results over the course of the program and beyond. This process is guided by an impressive team of Executive Leadership Coaches who create a safe and confidential space for these important, life-changing conversations to take place. 


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

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