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    "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 30

    Seated:  Kevin Attride, Fort Hamilton Hospital; Pam Schwartz, Matandy Steel & Metal Products; Amanda Burns, Butler County United Way; Erin Day, Community First Solutions; Dienna Becraft, First Financial Bank; Lori Higgins, Envision Partnerships; Drew Konrady, thyssenkrupp Bilstein of America; Amanda Toth, Lane Public Library; Patrick Lippert, Hamilton Caster & Mfg. Co.; Angela Pontious, Boys & Girls Club of Hamilton; Liz Mohr, Mercy Health Fairfield Hospital; Jennifer Clark, Miami University Regionals

    Standing:  Tyler McCleary, Tano Bistro; Lindsay Lee, Fitton Center for Creative Arts; Lauren Nelson, City of Hamilton; Casey Frazee Katz, Women Helping Women; Brian Robinson, City of Hamilton Police Dept.; Jared Dinnesen, Telhio Credit Union; Mike Cooper, AllWealth Federal Credit Union; Corbin Moore, Hamilton City Schools; Frank Guggenbiller, ODW Logistics; Theresa Carver, Butler Tech; Danielle Haynes, Butler County Board of DD; Stephen Smith, Inspiration Studios; Luke Patelunas, Community Design Alliance; Shaun Higgins, Great Miami Valley YMCA

    Not Pictured: Edwin Porter, City of Hamilton


    • Develop informed 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 opening session and the closing retreat as well as the monthly sessions over the nine-month period (one who is absent for two of the monthly sessions will be dropped from the program).


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

    Members: $750 plus $25 personal registration fee
    Non-Members: $1,050 plus $25 personal registration fee
    Fees cover all costs associated with the program (except for recommended reading materials).
    Payment is due by the first class. No part of the tuition is refundable once class begins.

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