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In Leadership CincinnatiUSA ®, participants elevate their skills, expand their network and make a bigger impact in their career and community.

– Expand your network by connecting with more than 40 other local leaders
– Gain an intimate knowledge of critical issues facing Cincinnati
– Apply for scholarships up to $1800 toward the cost of tuition

– Request information about payment plans

Leadership CincinnatiUSA ® is an immersive civic learning program for established leaders in the Greater Cincinnati Area. The experience-based curriculum helps participants understand the assets and challenges of the region, elevate their leadership, and further engage in the community. Participants meet monthly for full-day sessions from September to May including several retreats. The sessions focus on the critical issues facing the Queen City including poverty, addiction, economic vibrancy, inclusion, religion and more.  


National Association of Blacks in Criminal JusticeThe program is designed for the established leader, people who have focused on their career and are positioned to also focus on their impact on the community. Candidates are often leaders within companies/organizations and in community leadership roles.  Once participants graduate from the program, they can continue to engage in key community issues and learning by joining the alumni network.


The cost of this premier professional development opportunity is $4500. Fortunately, the Chamber offers partial scholarships. Applicants can apply for up to $1800 in financial aid by expressing their need (paying for the program themselves, working for a small non-profit, small business, etc.). The Chamber also works with participants to offer payment plans.
Leadership CincinnatiUSA ® Application


The application period for Class 43 (2019-2020) is now open and requires a written response, personal reference, headshot and $50 application fee. The deadline to apply for the next class is May 31, 2019. Be sure to note VOBC in your application and scholarship request.


Participation is critical for the success of the program. If more than two sessions or missed, or either of the mandatory sessions, participants will be withdrawn from the program. A typical session day is 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Friday and Saturday, September 20-21, 2019, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. (Overnight)
Friday and Saturday, February 7-8, 2020, 8 a.m.-9 p.m. and 8 a.m.- 12 p.m.

All Other Sessions:

Wednesday, September 4, 2019, 3:30-8 p.m. Call to Leadership Celebration
October 10, 2019
October 30, 2019
November 21, 2019
December 12, 2019
January 16, 2020
March 12, 2020
April 2, 2020
April 23, 2020
May 7-8, 2020 (Overnight, 4 p.m. Thursday thru 4 p.m. Friday)

June 4, 2020 – Graduation, 3-7 p.m.


Brian Thomas

“Leadership Cincinnati was deeply transformational. It helped me uncover my personal, professional, and societal purpose.” – Brian Thomas, Graydon (Leadership Cincinnati Class 41)




The Voice of Black Cincinnati is a media company designed to educate, recognize and create opportunities for African Americans in the region. Visit our homepage, explore other articles, subscribe to our newsletter, follow us on Facebook or text VOBC to 513-270-3880 for local news, events, job postings, scholarships and a database of local Black-owned businesses.


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Written by Crystal Kendrick

President of The Voice of Your Customer and founder of The Voice of Black Cincinnati.


  1. I am very much interested in this Leadership Program. I have waited for years to participate. This is a great time for me. I would like to apply for the Scholarship as well. Please provide me some additional information and send it to my email address.

    Thank you

    Lettie Reid

    1. Please click the link for details or contact the Chamber of Commerce for additional information.

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