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Support Future Leaders During The Big Give 2020

Wednesday 10th June 2020

Donate to Leadership Columbus through The Big Give, June 10-11
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Interim Executive Director Announcement

Friday 5th June 2020

A Message from the Leadership Columbus Board of Trustees Chair
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Organizational Announcement

Thursday 21st May 2020

A Message from the Leadership Columbus Board of Trustees Chair
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Great Leaders | Great Bosses Workshop Series

Tuesday 28th January 2020

Continuing education for alumni and friends
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2019 Best Party, Ever!

Thursday 24th October 2019

Join us for our annual alumni reunion and fundraiser!
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Summer 2019 Newsletter

Tuesday 16th July 2019

LC Summer 2019 Newsletter
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Spring 2019 Newsletter

Monday 29th April 2019

Leadership Columbus Spring Update
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Winter 2019 Newsletter

Tuesday 12th February 2019

Leadership Columbus Winter Update
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Announcing the Class of 2019!

Wednesday 6th June 2018

We are proud to announce the Class of 2019!
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OnBoarding April 2017

Wednesday 12th April 2017

April 12-13 is the next session of OnBoarding Columbus. the 'cliff notes' version of our Signature Program. Be sure to share with your coworkers and friends this fantastic opportunity!
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Announcing the Class of 2017!

Friday 26th August 2016

Leadership Columbus is proud to announce the following members of the Class of 2017
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Apply for the 2016 Leadership Columbus Signature Program

Monday 12th January 2015

Leadership Columbus Signature Program Applications Now Available!
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Introducing: InSight!

Monday 13th October 2014

We are so excited to announce the creation of our new blog: InSight!
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Deadline Extended: Requesting Non-Profit Project Proposals

Friday 29th August 2014

Leadership Columbus has extended the deadline to submit Request for Proposals (RFPs) from local non-profits.
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Requesting Non-Profit Project Proposals

Friday 25th July 2014

We are now accepting proposals for organizational needs and/or community issues, as a potential focus of a group project to be conducted by the Class of 2015.
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Leadership Columbus honored as a Diverse Business Organization for the Columbus Business First Diversity in Business Awards (August 9, 2018)

Outstanding Diverse Organizations actively seek to create a diverse workforce and champion the business case for diversity within the community and their industries. Nonprofit or for-profit, they believe that a diverse workforce makes for better business.

These eight honoree organizations shined in the third year of Columbus Business First’s annual Diversity in Business awards program, which recognizes excellence in encouraging diversity in age, disability, gender, sexual orientation, race and religion at local workplaces across a wide range of industries.

Those below were selected by a group of outside judges recruited by Business First, from a pool of applications submitted by nominated people and companies. The awards program was held Wednesday.

They answered three questions about their diversity efforts.

Leadership Columbus

Top officer:
Laurie Stein Marsh, executive director

The mission of Leadership Columbus is to develop, inspire and connect diverse leaders to serve as catalysts in building a strong and vibrant community for all.




“True to the spirit of its mission, Leadership Columbus recognizes that in an increasingly diverse community, we are stronger when our leadership reflects this diversity and includes varied perspectives and approaches. Ranked 5th in the country among leadership programs, the mission of Leadership Columbus is to develop, connect and inspire diverse leaders who serve as catalysts in building a strong and vibrant community. The program is a unique combination of relationship building, learning, problem solving, civic engagement and personal growth.” – Nominator comment

What are some steps you have taken to increase diversity in your organization? 1. Priority to select a class of participants for the Signature Program each year that reflects the diversity of our entire community, thereby encouraging and empowering participants to learn from each other’s experiences in conjunction with a professionally facilitated and expertly crafted curriculum. 2. Commitment to a curriculum that never shies away from critical and sensitive conversations that lead to “teachable moments” about differences and commonalities among our participants. 3. Emphasis on the “Community Impact Project” that teaches critical team building skills while addressing and enhancing the work of local nonprofits that seek leaders to assist them in their efforts. 4. Determination and vigilance in recruitment of diverse leadership for the Leadership Columbus Board of Trustees that helps inform policy and strategic direction of the organization – thereby assuring we are “walking the talk” of inclusion of all in our work with the community. 5. Hiring and nurturing an internal staff that reflects diversity in all its forms (covert and overt), and recruiting volunteers from our vast alumni pool, which also represents the diversity of our graduates. 6. Establishing a Hall of Fame that honors stellar graduates and demonstrates successful and inspiring leadership by alumni from all walks of life.

How have younger workers’ attitudes and expectations about diversity changed your organization? Our younger generation of workers (both on staff and interns) have much to teach us about changing cultural norms and attitudes. Until recently, our three-person staff had a representative from three different generations. It was extraordinary to witness and learn from the experiences of each staff member and recognize that while differences existed that formed our individual perspectives, we could find common ground. Sometimes we would “agree to disagree” but most of the time, our conversations led to a compromise wherein the result was far more successful because of our expansive conversation and contributions of disparate mindsets. We have all learned to listen and share our experiences so we can succeed together. The older among us can say, “I’ve been there before, and this is what I learned,” while our younger employees offer ideas that lead to more innovative approaches and faster growth opportunities. We have learned as a board and staff that working together is essential to individual and organizational success.

How would you grade diversity efforts in Central Ohio? I would grade diversity efforts in Columbus as B-. I believe there is progress in many areas but an impediment to progress is a lack of urgency and total understanding of how our differences affect people who are not in our immediate surroundings every day. Many leaders and employers honestly believe they are incorporating diversity into their workplace and community decisions, but it has to be a conscious and ever-present priority – not just a box to check off – completed!

One of the reasons that Leadership Columbus is so successful is because we base our curriculum on experiential learning using many simulations and role playing scenarios to help our participants really feel the issues in their gut. Simply put, the foundation of our educational philosophy is directly related to the famous Confucius quote: “I hear and I forget, I see and I remember, I do and I understand.” The magic of Leadership Columbus is that it provides an environment for leaders to evolve from “cognitive purpose,” which motivates them to do the right thing, and transforms them to the “passionate purpose.” We encourage the heart. It is this passion that defines our most determined and dedicated community trustees.