Prospective Participants

Started in 1977 by the former Greater Cleveland Growth Association, Leadership Cleveland is one of the four programs that merged operations in 2006 to form the  Cleveland Leadership Center. 

Leadership Cleveland, a 10-month leadership development program, focuses on community assets and challenges to engage community leaders to further the growth and development of Greater Cleveland. The goals of the program remain constant: to build and strengthen regional leadership through educating, connecting, and engaging participants for the purpose of improving the quality of life in Greater Cleveland.

Criteria for Selection

  • Candidates have demonstrated civic leadership.
  • Candidates are established leaders within their profession.
  • Candidates are willing to contribute their time, talent and/or financial resources to the community in the years ahead.
  • Candidates have the full support of the organization or corporation where they are employed.  
  • Candidates are nominated by the head of the organization they represent.
  • Approximately 65-70 participants are accepted through a competitive application process.   

Selection Process

Applications are available online February 1 - March 15. Candidates must submit application and include two (2) letters of support from Leadership Cleveland alumni. Class is announced in June each year upon approval of the Cleveland Leadership Center Board of Trustees.

Program Participation

Program year begins in August and runs through June.  Participants are required to attend 80% of the sessions during the class year. The opening retreat, held in September, is mandatory. 2015 Schedule and frequestly asked questions link are below.


Tuition for the Class of 2015 was $5,000. Tuition may be paid by the individual or employer.  Limited number of partial scholarships, based on need, are available annually. Learn more and apply here.

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Contact Dr. Marcy Levy Shankman, Director of Leadership Cleveland, at (216) 592-2259 or  with questions.