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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 28

    Seated:  Barb Winkler, City of Hamilton Police Dept.; Laurie Murphy, Butler County; Rebecca Gonya, Fitton Center for Creative Arts; Arian Jones-Hall, City of Hamilton; Stacey Andrews, Community First Solutions; Emmy Piatt, Lane Public Library; Taylor Stone-Welch, Community Design Alliance; Bridget Pate, Telhio Credit Union; Nick Roell, Kirsch CPA Group; Steve Schott, Richards Pizza; Robert McClellan, Kings Corner Deli

    Standing:  Joey Gadd, thyssenkrupp Bilstein of America; Greg Silva, First Financial Bank; Rusty Haid, Greater Hamilton Safety Council; Mike Holbrook, Hamilton City Schools; Marni Durham, Butler Tech; Chuck McKinney, Badin High School; Jesse Moyer, Knowledge Works; JoAnne Hedges, First Financial Bank; Pete Haverkos, Miami University Regionals; Thommy Long, LemonGrenade Creative; Patrick Moore, City of Hamilton; William Villegas, Fort Hamilton Hospital; Marc Messerschmitt, MillerCoors; Ryan Randall, Primary Health Solutions



    • 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 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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