About Us

The Signature Program

The Leadership Columbus Signature Program is a unique combination of relationship-building, learning, problem-solving, civic engagement and personal growth.

The program structure has evolved over the years to truly reflect a product that motivates, informs, and connects individuals ready to take on the challenges and opportunities faced by our community, their companies and their families.

Annually, 55-65 individuals are selected from a pool of applicants to build a class representative of the Greater Columbus area. The result is a class of professionals who are ready to hone their leadership skills and talents and connect them to community causes they are passionate about.

A ten month experience designed to give participants the tools they need to become active and influential leaders in the community.

The program is a balanced combination of a retreat, monthly program days and a community impact project. In September, a mandatory two-day retreat helps participants focus on their personal leadership style and skills. The retreat is complemented by nine monthly program days that focus on the significant challenges to the Central Ohio region. Issues covered include the economy, diversity, the justice system, public education and human and social service issues.

Application Information – Class of 2019

The completed application, including two reference letters, serves as the sole source of information used in our selection process. Therefore, it is critical that the application is thoroughly and thoughtfully completed.

Recruitment Period
Early January – March 2018
Early Application Due Date / Final Application Due Date: Not yet set for 2018/Class of 2019
Time Commitment
September – June.  Mandatory 48-hour Opening Retreat in September (two full days and nights) and one mandatory day in November. One full weekday per month (Thursdays) from October through June. In addition to the monthly program days, participants are involved in a community impact project in conjunction with an area non-profit.  Time devoted to the project is outside of the regular curriculum and varies according to the project scope. Participants can expect to spend a minimum of 2-4 hours per week on average, with the majority of project work occurring during the January-June timeframe. Graduation occurs the first week of June.
Program Cost
Tuition for the Class of 2019 is $4,975 ($4,725 if application is received by the early deadline).