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Cincinnati young professional development programs are a great way to grow your personal 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 that can 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 included in these curriculums, and payment options to make your dream of participating in the programs a reality!
Cincy Next is designed for young persons and emerging leaders (early twenties – early thirties); with eight or fewer years experience. Candidates should seek connection and development both 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 ranging from personal branding, public speaking and conflict management to goal-setting, personal finance, networking and more. The timeframe for this program is April – November.
Cincy Next Class 7 (2020) dates
Opening Reception: Wednesday, April 1, 4-7 p.m.
Venture Out! Overnight Retreat: Friday, April 10 – Saturday, April 11
*Monthly Sessions are the first Wednesday of each month, from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., with the exception of 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 retreat, sessions, meals and supplies. Partial grants are available by request. The application includes a personal reference, headshot, $50 application fee and application questions.
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 his or her project, which may include time outside of scheduled sessions. The timeframe for this program is April – February.
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 Class 15 (2020) dates
Opening Reception: Wednesday, February 26, 4-7 p.m.
Venture Out! Overnight Retreat: Friday, March 13 –Saturday, March 14
*Monthly Sessions are the third Wednesday of each month, from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., excluding August (no session).
Wednesday, April 8, 3-6 p.m. (Project Work 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 retreat, sessions, meals and supplies. Partial grants are available by request. The application includes a personal reference, headshot, $50 application fee and application questions.
Apply Online for C-Change
“I was craving a strong network in Cincinnati and I knew there was no better way to find one than with the Cincinnati Chamber. I really enjoyed the friendships I made within my class, and not only learning from the Chamber during each session but also from my classmates. The curriculum, the ability to visit different companies and sites that I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to visit and Camp Joy are all major highlights when I look back at our year.”- Gina Truong, North Side Bank & Trust Company (C-Change Class 13)
Both Cincy Next and C-Change are accepting applications now through Friday, November 22. These Cincinnati young professional development programs not only help everyone better themselves but 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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