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Because we have Leadership Columbus, Columbus will always have leaders.

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

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  • Andy Wasserstrom

    The Nonprofit Board Governance Training is a valuable course that gives you the confidence and clarity to better serve your board and fellow board members. Although I’ve served on boards before, this information isn’t something that comes naturally or is always taught when joining most boards. This should be a requirement for anyone joining a board or thinking about joining one.

    Andy Wasserstrom, Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Advance Sign Group; Signature Program Class of 2020
  • Cathy Lyttle

    Worthington Industries has benefited greatly from sending our colleagues through the Signature Program. It expands their thoughts about the community and their network. They get outside our walls and the community becomes their learning lab. I have seen Leadership Columbus inspire our employees to find their passion and strive to make a difference in our community.

    Cathy Lyttle, Senior Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer, Worthington Industries; Leadership Columbus Hall of Fame Award Recipient and Class of 1993
  • Chris Rutter

    Today was life changing for me. I have more in my life than I ever thought. I have friends and family who love me, I have a place to call home, I have money in my pocket and food on the table. I take all of this for granted every single day without even knowing it. I knew Leadership Columbus would change me, but I had no idea the impact of that change. I can do better, and I can do more. These organizations need help and we must step up and step in to help end poverty in our own backyards.

    Chris Rutter, Signature Program Class of 2017
  • Emily Sandman

    I highly recommend Leadership Columbus’s Nonprofit Board Governance Training for anyone who is new to board service or is looking to refresh their understanding. The training provides a foundational understanding of pertinent topics like board member roles and responsibilities, governance structures and a refresher on Robert’s Rules of Order. You’ll walk away with new knowledge and tangible skills to bring to your nonprofit board experience. The panel discussion between board chairs and nonprofit CEOs was fascinating and provides attendees insights into some common challenges between board members and nonprofit staff. Completing the training will position you well for your next nonprofit board role!

    Emily Sandman, Manager, Community Relations, Cardinal Health; Signature Program Class of 2020
  • Jeff Carpenter

    The Opening Retreat, facilitated by the renowned Center for Creative Leadership,  included three different leadership and personality evaluations that have been invaluable as I work on my own leadership skills.  Equally important is that the program, including the exposure to amazing individuals in my class, has provided incredible insights and perspectives that will not only help me, but my organization succeed into the future.

    Jeff Carpenter, Signature Program Class of 2019
  • Jim Flynn

    LC has meant lifelong friendships, humility and lessons in servant leadership.

    Jim Flynn, Signature Program Class of 2007
  • Karen Heiser

    LC created the burning platform and gave me the the tools, confidence and motivation for sustained involvement in our wonderful community.

    Karen Heiser, Class of 1994
  • Katie Suty

    This experience has been transformative both personally and professionally. More than gaining knowledge of Columbus, the Leadership Columbus Signature Program will grow your heart for Columbus as a community.

    Katie Suty, Signature Program Class of 2019
  • Tom Walsh

    Leadership Columbus has really helped me grow both personally and professionally more than I ever could have imagined. I learned an incredible amount about the city and the different roles so many people play in the mosaic of our society. I leave this program having learned an incredible amount and having made such wonderful friends and memories for what will be years to come.

    Tom Walsh, Signature Program Class of 2014
  • William A. Chinn

    To people who wonder if its time or if the Leadership Columbus Signature Program is worth the commitment – I would only say one thing, have a bias towards action, always attempt to improve, always spend your time to do something better. You will not be disappointed. The program provides a wealth of high value resources that are timely, relevant and will help you and our community in all future endeavors.

    William A. Chinn, Signature Program Class of 2019

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Now Hiring: Summer Intern
Leadership Columbus is now hiring a Summer Intern!
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Leadership Columbus Announces Newest Board Members
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