Why OBC?

OnBoard Cleveland will challenge you to develop skills for confident networking, presentations and professional interactions. Through OnBoard, you’ll:

  • Analyze and employ your individual strengths to maximize contributions in professional settings and community involvements.
  • Gain an appreciation of the local assets, better understand critical community issues and learn collaborative leadership skills to address them.
  • Get connected to civic opportunities that align with your personal interests and talents.
  • Your Commitment

    Participants are expected to attend a one and a half-day opening retreat, with a mandatory overnight stay, and six, three and a half-hour evening sessions (5:30 – 9:00 p.m.) each month from September through March.

    Tuition for the Class of 2021 will be announced in December 2019. Tuition for the class of 2020 was $2,000 per participant (typically paid by the employer). For organizations sponsoring five or more employees, tuition is $1,700 per participant. Tuition includes food, materials, session activities and the overnight stay.

    Partial scholarships are available, and CLC will work with successful applicants to ensure tuition is not a barrier. Scholarships are determined via the scholarship application form that will be available on the same dates as the program application.

  • Application process

    Participants are chosen through a blind selection process. A volunteer alumni panel reviews all submissions and scores applicants on their commitment to building a civic/professional network, and willingness to expand self-awareness of personal and professional strengths and challenges.

    The program application form includes three short answer questions, a brief overview of your community involvement and one recommendation (which must be completed on the online application – no letters will be accepted).

    There is a non-refundable $25 application fee.