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 about which they are passionate.

The Signature Program is a 10-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 an opening and closing 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 retreats are complemented by eight monthly program days that focus on the significant challenges to the Central Ohio region. Issues covered include the economy, the justice system, public education and health and human service issues–with diversity, equity and inclusion interwoven throughout.

A note on scholarships:
We encourage all applicants to seek tuition payment/reimbursement from their employer. In cases where the full cost of tuition is a burden for either the company/organization or the individual, a limited number of scholarships are available. Award of scholarships is based upon demonstrated need and is limited to no more than 50% of the tuition cost. Upon acceptance into the program, participants seeking financial assistance will be asked to submit additional documentation. To be considered for a scholarship, simply check the “scholarship” box in the online application. 

Class of 2021 recruitment information:
CLICK HERE for the Class of 2021 recruitment document, which includes benefits and important dates. CLICK HERE to view the recruitment session slide deck.

Application Information

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.

RecruitmentThe deadline to submit an application for the Class of 2021 was May 15, 2020, and we are no longer accepting applications. We anticipate the application for the Class of 2022 will be available the week of January 4, 2021.
Early Application Due Date: TBD
Final Application Due Date: TBD
Time Commitment:
September through June. A 48-hour Opening Retreat in September (two full days and nights) and one program day in November and Graduation in June are mandatory. One full weekday per month (generally 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 two to four hours per week on average, with the majority of project work occurring during the January to June time frame. Graduation typically occurs the first or second week of June. See application instructions for full calendar of program dates.
Program Cost:
The tuition for the Class of 2021 is $4,975 ($4,725 if application is received by the early deadline). Cost is subject to change for the Class of 2022.