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 the Dayton business community. This unique partnership will provide Empower participants with in-depth leadership workshops combined with engaging day-sessions, business coaching, and an extensive network of training support.

Empower aims to:

  • Identify individual leadership strengths, values and goals
  • Eliminate barriers to advancement
  • Encourage authentic self-reflection
  • Develop a personal brand
  • Build a support system through peer-cohort and hands-on business coaching through a partnership with Aileron
  • Change the culture within organizations
  • Connect dynamic peer leaders

The ideal candidate

The ideal Empower candidate is an accomplished leader within her organization or community. 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 is focused on both professional and personal development. This program combines these critical components into a ‘next level’ leadership experience.

Apply Here

The application window for Empower’s Cohort 6 is now open and the application can be found here. Applications will be accepted through 5:00pm Friday, June 2nd.

Chamber members who would like to receive updates are welcome to opt in to a reminder email list in the Subscriptions section of their Member Hub.

Powered by Fifth Third Bank

Fifth Third Bank is the exclusive corporate supporter of Empower, and has been since the program’s inception. Growing female leaders, especially minority women, into executive roles in the business community is a priority for the financial institution. Hear how Empower’s programming 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.



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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.



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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