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Cincinnati’s young professional development programs are a great way to grow your brand, learn relevant business skills, and propel your career.

 


Enhance your leadership skills, connect to the community, and expand your professional talents.

Connect with other local leaders and professionals.

Apply for scholarships up to $1800 toward the cost of tuition.

Request information about payment plans

 

Cincinnati USA Regional  Chamber Professional  Development Programs offer tools and experiences to help millennials chart their career paths and crystalize their career plans. Cincy Next is a seven-month program to develop emerging leaders, and C-Change is a 10-month program to develop mid-level leaders.

 

Applications for the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber’s two leadership development programs for young professionals are now accepting applications through Friday, November 22. Learn more about Cincy Next and C-Change, the professional learning opportunities in these curriculums, and payment options to make your dream of participating in the programs a reality!

 

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Cincy Next

 

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Cincy Next grad receives a certificate.

The professional development program, Cincy Next, is designed for young persons and emerging leaders (early twenties – early thirties); with eight or fewer years of experience. Candidates should seek connection and development professionally and in the community, demonstrate leadership potential and interest in growing in these skills, and a desire to connect with other young talents from across the region.

 

The curriculum includes professional development topics from personal branding, public speaking, and conflict management to goal-setting, personal finance, networking, and more. The timeframe for this program is April – November.

 

 

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Cincy Next 2020 Dates

 

Opening Reception: Wednesday, April 1, 4-7 p.m.
Venture Out! Overnight Retreat: Friday, April 10 to Saturday, April 11
Session Dates:

  • May 6
  • June 3
  • July 8
  • August 5
  • September 2
  • October 7

*Monthly Sessions are on the first Wednesday of each month, from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., except July 8.
Graduation Celebration & Reception: Wednesday, November 4, 5-8 p.m. (tentative)

 

All-inclusive tuition for the program is $2,700 for Cincinnati Chamber members ($3,700 for Non-Chamber members) and includes overnight retreats, sessions, meals, and supplies. Partial grants are available by request. The application includes a personal reference, a  headshot, a $50 application fee, and questions.

Apply Online for Cincy Next

 

 

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C-Change

 

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C-Change Class 13 at Camp Joy

The professional development program, C-Change, is designed for advancing mid-career leaders (30s-mid 40s) seeking to activate and enhance leadership capabilities. Candidates should desire to increase connections and impact on and with the region, expand professional and personal networks, and continue developing and practicing leadership skills.

 

Group projects are a component of C-Change. Participants will work in smaller teams on a community project throughout the year. Each participant is expected to be actively and fully engaged with their project, which may include time outside scheduled sessions. The timeframe for this program is April – February.

 

 

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Example curriculum topics

 

  • Leadership & communication style assessment
  • Refining personal brand and strategic communication skills
  • Inclusive leadership
  • City and regional government
  • Regional history, including a tour of Cincinnati landmarks
  • Economic and job development in the region
  • Community connection

 

C-Change 2020 Dates

 

Opening Reception: Wednesday, February 26, 4-7 p.m.
Venture Out! Overnight Retreat: Friday, March 13 to Saturday, March 14
Session Dates:

  • Wednesday, April 8, 3-6 p.m. (Project Work Session)
  • April 15
  • May 20
  • June 17
  • July 15
  • September 16
  • October 21
  • November 18

*Monthly Sessions are on the third Wednesday of each month, from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., excluding August (no session).
Graduation Celebration & Reception: Wednesday, November 18, 5-8 p.m. (tentative)

 

All-inclusive tuition for the program is $3,300 for Chamber members and $4,300 for non-members. Tuition includes overnight retreats, sessions, meals, and supplies. Partial grants are available by request. The application includes a personal reference, headshot, a $50 application fee, and questions.

Apply Online for C-Change

 

 

Cincy Next and C-Change are accepting applications through Friday, November 22. These Cincinnati young professional development programs help everyone better themselves, expand their network beyond their field, and create lifelong friendships. Take a step to invest in your development and ask your company to support you! Partial grants are also available.

 

 

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Written by: Crystal Kendrick

 

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