Empower, a 10-month cohort, blends professional business coaching with innovative curriculum and problem solving, designed exclusively for mid- to upper-level management women business leaders. It guides participants as they identify their own leadership strengths, values and goals, while empowering them to eliminate barriers to advancement.

The Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce is proud to partner with the world class leadership & training development center, Aileron, to offer the Empower program to women in the Dayton business community. This unique partnership provides Empower participants with in-depth leadership workshops offering business coaching and valuable management tools to be applied in the workplace and beyond. Through Aileron’s Conscious Leadership approach, participants will learn self-awareness and energetic responsibility as leaders in their field. Empower cohort members will also connect with other top leaders from across the Dayton region, learning through interactive training, issue panels, and guided conversations on the topics that matter most to each cohort.

Empower aims to:

  • Identify individual leadership strengths, values and goals.
  • Build a trusted support system through a peer-cohort, hands-on business coaching, and the Empower alumnae network.
  • Create space for authentic and vulnerable self-reflection.
  • Support ongoing peer-to-peer learning & future planning.
  • Cultivate executive presence and meaningful personal & professional branding.
  • Change the culture within organizations so more women may identify pathways to leadership.

The ideal candidate

The ideal Empower candidate is an accomplished leader within her organization or community. This applicant has experience managing teams or delegating responsibilities to others within their organization. This applicant is someone who has been identified as a candidate for future growth opportunities or has the personal desire to take their leadership to the next level. Empower is the perfect program for someone who finds many parts of the leadership journey lonely, and is looking to build a strong supportive peer network with the goal of changing the culture within their spheres of influence. Empower is focused on both professional and personal development.


The online application for the 2024-2025 program is closed.

Applications are now closed for Empower 2024-2025. Please check back in early 2025.

Sponsored by Universal 1

Universal 1 Credit Union is the exclusive corporate supporter of Empower. Dedicated to advancing female leaders, Universal 1 shares in the program mission to invest in talent in the Dayton region. Hear how Empower aligns with Universal 1 Credit Union’s values and is hitting all the right marks to change the demographics of c-suite business leaders in the Dayton region.

Executive Women's Council

Empower works closely with the chamber’s Executive Women’s Council, which provides event programming and networking for female executives.


Meet the Current Cohort

This diverse group of women business leaders are engaged in the day-sessions, business coaching and extensive network of training support.


Empower Alumnae Series

Programs and opportunities for graduates of the Empower program.




Would you like more information about Empower?  We’d love to speak with you. Contact Amanda Bergmann at 937-226-8227 or simply fill out the form here and we’ll return your correspondence quickly.

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