• Leadership Hamilton

    "The greatest wealth of a community lies not in the amount of its treasure, but in the quality of its leadership"

    Leadership Hamilton began in 1992 and is designed to ensure the continuing vitality of our community by identifying, educating and motivating emerging leaders. Leadership Hamilton is open to anyone in the Hamilton, Ohio area who aspires to or already has talent for leadership positions in the community.

    Throughout the nine month course, participants explore such issues as: economic development,
    education, city government, criminal justice, health care and social services. During the full day sessions, participants work together with local leaders to expand their network of contacts and resources, and increase their breadth and depth of knowledge about the community. The course starts in September and ends in May.  Contact us for more details.

    Leadership Hamilton Class 27

    Seated:  Dana McDonald, Community First Solutions; Cindy Meyer, Ohio State University Extension; Tanya Lowry, Great Miami Valley YMCA; Denise Chaney, NarratusCreative; Sarah Lewis, US Bank; Ashlee Willis, Edward Jones Investments; Stephanie Clark, Courtyard by Marriott Hamilton; Islara Leingang, Fitton Center for Creative Arts; Elaine Levin, Barclaycard; Kelly Dagilis, thyssenkrupp Bilstein of America

    Standing:  Dan Bates, Greater Hamilton Chamber of Commerce; Adam Bowling, Big Brothers Big Sisters; Alicia Pater, City of Hamilton; Mitch Vocke, Telhio Credit Union; Jason Austerman, Ameriprise Financial; Mike McNamara, Butler County; Scott Palmer, Butler Tech; Doug Reichenberger, Miami University Regionals; Steven Gebhart, Community Design Alliance; Emily French, Greenwood Cemetery; Jim Hirka, Matandy Steel & Metal Products; Michael Mewhirter, Fort Hamilton  Hospital; Trent Chenoweth, City of Hamilton Police Dept.; Mark Lippert, Hamilton Caster & Mfg. Co.

    Not Pictured:  Stacey Dietrich-Dudas, City of Hamilton; Amy Numrich, Lane Public Library



    • Develop informed, trained and committed leaders who understand the issues and needs of our community.
    • Create the opportunity for future leaders to meet, establish rapport and maintain relationships.
    • Ensure that participants will be qualified to involve themselves in greater roles in our community through volunteerism in service and civic roles, serving on appointed boards and commissions and supporting growth of the city of Hamilton, Ohio.
    • Create the opportunity for future leaders to continue to identify and study local issues.


    Leadership Hamilton is open to anyone in the Hamilton, Ohio area who aspires to or already has talent for leadership positions in the community. Candidates may be nominated by an organization or may nominate themselves. Selection is determined by an applicant's willingness to invest the time required for active participation in the Program.

    Space is limited to 25 participants selected from those who apply for the program. A selection committee will review all applications. Selection will be based on demonstrated interest, ability to assume leadership roles, and personal commitment to the Hamilton area. The selection committee will endeavor to involve participants who represent a cross-section of the community's social and economic interests.

    Each participant is required to attend the orientation session, five of the monthly sessions, and the closing session retreat to be eligible to graduate from the program.


    Leadership Hamilton is sponsored by the Greater Hamilton Chamber of Commerce, which also provides staff support for the program.

    Members: $725 plus $25 personal registration fee
    Non-Members: $1,025 plus $25 personal registration fee
    Fees cover all costs associated with the program.
    Payment is due by the first class. No part of the tuition is refundable once class begins.

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