Why LC2?

Harness your talents and leverage your resources to create positive change in our community. Work alongside Leadership Cleveland colleagues from across the years to identify an opportunity in the community, enlist strategic collaborative partners and create tangible outcomes that leave a legacy.

LC2 is limited to 40 participants and open to all interested LC alumni.

Tuition for the Class of 2020 is $750 for-profit sector employees and $500 for nonprofit sector employees.

There are no strict attendance requirements. We appreciate that you are busy and will do your best to participate, but may find it difficult to be present at all sessions.

Class of 2019

This year, the Fellows will study and advance economic development in our community. How can we accelerate the many initiatives underway? What new initiatives need to be undertaken? How can we collaborate to realize transformative progress? Learn more about their efforts to grow Cleveland’s population.

  • Past LC2 projects

    Class of 2018

    The 2018 Fellows worked to improve the region’s quality of life via two projects intended to strengthen the physical and cultural connections between the neighborhoods surrounding Downtown.

    • Project #1: Safely connect The Flats and neighboring districts by creating a three-mile all-purpose, dedicated recreational loop trail.
    • Project #2: Transforming a downtown property into a public playground with a strong focus on equity in planning, building and programming.

    Both projects are aimed at bringing greater wellness and quality of life to Clevelanders, independent of their age or stage of life.

    Class of 2017

    “The First 2,000 Days of a Child’s Life: Quality of Life, Health and Education.”
    The Fellows tackled three areas of early childhood, and:

    • Created a permanent work group with the City of Cleveland to advise and advocate for more lead-safe housing options and alternatives for families whose homes are being remediated.
    • Helped The Literacy Cooperative launch an awareness campaign to close the “Word Gap.” A task force of Cuyahoga County’s Invest in Children, featuring LC2 participants, will help shape and scale the program.
    • Rallied the community to educate lawmakers about the importance of equitable state funding to provide quality, early-childhood education to more Cuyahoga County kids. They also created an advocacy blueprint future LC2 classes can use.

    Class of 2016

    “For the Love of Cities: Making Cleveland All That and More …”
    The Fellows challenged themselves to consider how to make Cleveland inviting and welcoming to all so that it is a place where all can experience high quality of life.

    Class of 2015

    Collinwood High School – Saving a School; Transforming a Neighborhood.
    Options for consideration for how to re-develop the Collinwood High School building and a process map for how to address similar situations with other school buildings.

    Class of 2014

    “Lakefront/Waterfront Development”
    The Class of 2014 capitalized on the renewed interest in waterfront development in downtown Cleveland through A water taxi service run by the Cleveland Metroparks that goes up and down the Cuyahoga River and out onto the lake. The eLCee2 water taxi was publically launched in Spring 2016.

    Class of 2013

    “Making a Difference in Education”
    The 2013 Fellows committed to making an impact on education in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District. They created a two-year fellowship to create: mentoring programs, an adopt-a-school initiative, and a “loaned executive” program that engages LC alumni with projects in support of the administration and leadership of the district.

    Class of 2012

    “Raising the Bar”
    The inaugural class took on the issues of talent attraction and retention and created boomerang events in Boston, Chicago, Cleveland and Washington, DC.