Why LC?

Leadership Cleveland is a transformative, unique experience that enhances your collaborative leadership skills and deepens your civic understanding to help you create a greater impact in our community.

Through LC, you will:

  • Explore collaborative civic leadership and why it is critical to our region’s success.
  • Better understand the role and necessity of diversity in of our community.
  • Cultivate relationships with leaders across a wide range of sectors, industries and backgrounds.
  • Gain a greater appreciation for our community’s assets and the complexity of the challenges it faces.
  • Your commitment

    The 10-month program year begins with a mandatory opening retreat in September. Participants may miss only one session to remain in the program.

    Tuition for the Class of 2018 is $6,500 and can be paid by the individual or employer. A limited number of need-based, partial scholarships are available. In exceptional cases, payment plans can be arranged.

    There is a nonrefundable $50 application fee, and class members are also responsible for additional fees such as overnight lodging for travel and incidentals.

  • Selection criteria

    Approximately 65 leaders are selected through a highly competitive selection process. Applicants must:

    • Demonstrate a significant level of volunteer leadership in the community.
    • Be a recognized and established senior-level leader within their profession.
    • Have the full support of their employer.
    • Obtain letters of support from two Leadership Cleveland alumni.

    Successful applicants will be notified in June. Those who are not accepted are encouraged to reapply in future years.

    Applications for Class of 2019 will open in February 2018.

    For more information, email Karla Wludyga, Director of Leadership Cleveland, or call (216) 592-2259.