Who we best serve

Our leaders represent all regions in Ohio. They are a diverse body of top talent that are a part of various professions, backgrounds, experiences and generations. However, what they have most in common is a drive to elevate their perspective and context and make statewide value-added productive connections. In addition, they have a passion to lead with curiosity and to sharpen their skills in asking more powerful questions.


our approach

The Leadership Ohio experience is made up of eight 1 ½ day immersive leadership inquiries. April through November, we transverse the state—engaging leaders in all regions of Ohio. In 2018, our leadership development experiences were held in Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, Lima, Oberlin, Marietta and Toledo. We typically meet on the 3rd Friday(full day) and 3rd Saturday(1/2 day) of the month.

Our regional experiences are in-depth experiential leadership interactions and explorations. We uniquely blend dialogue with influential leaders and exploration of defining leadership and community questions, challenges and solutions. Our approach produces a class of leaders with sharpened questioning skills, more value-added productive statewide connections and a statewide perspective and context for understanding issues, solutions and community assets. Leadership Ohio graduates are a select body of leaders with a unique statewide grounding.

Click to learn about our four pillars of leadership growth


How to apply

To become a member of Leadership Ohio, an individual must be nominated. Once nominated, the individual is sent an invitation to apply. A limited number of applicants are accepted into each class of Leadership Ohio. Entrants are selected by the Board of Trustees and senior staff of Leadership Ohio and based on the merit of their application. Nominations may be submitted by:

  • Leadership Ohio alumni

  • Leadership Ohio current year class

  • Leadership Ohio sponsors. partners and supporters

  • Leadership Ohio Board of Trustees

  • Executive Directors of local leadership development programs

  • Senior Executives of Ohio based Chamber of Commerce

  • Self-Nomination

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Click to access 2019 Nomination Form

There is no application fee. Tuition to participate in the 2019 Leadership Ohio class is $3,200 before January 31, 2019. Tuition is $3,500 after Jan. 31.