Leadership Dayton is a program of the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce dedicated to the development of a network of life-long community servant leaders for the benefit of the greater Dayton area and the chamber’s member organizations.
Leadership Dayton is a ten-month long educational program for business leaders already acting as servant leaders in our community. The program begins with a two-day retreat to turn a group of individuals into a cohesive network of empowered leaders. Each month one day is dedicated to a specific issue or challenge the greater Dayton area faces. The program ends with a one-day retreat and Commencement Ceremony.
Each program day is a unique experience that cannot be recreated. Because of this, Leadership Dayton has strict attendance requirements. The participant is required to attend, in their entirety, the opening and closing retreats and program days. In addition the program participant will be required to participate in their class’ project, which may necessitate additional hours outside of the Leadership Dayton Program time. If the program participant fails to meet these obligations, he or she will be asked to withdraw from the program and the tuition is non-refundable.
Both the Leadership Dayton applicant and their sponsoring organization must commit to ensuring the applicant can fulfill the requirements of the program.
Attendance at both retreats is mandatory to participate in the program. Program Day attendance is required. In case of a work or family emergency or personal illness, a class member may miss up to 2 (two) Program Days. Leadership Dayton program manager Lisa Sample must be notified in advance of any absence. Promptness is important for the Program Days to start and end on time and to be respectful of others’ time. If you are 1 (one) hour late to a Program Day session it will count as a ½-day absence. Leaving a Program Day early will also count as a ½-day absence. During the retreats and Program Days the participant’s cell phones or other electronic communication devices will be turned off or set to a silent mode. Phone calls and other forms of communication will be limited to break times only.
Each class is specifically created to be a balance of all types of leaders, professionals, and occupations to reflect our community. Leadership Dayton is not ‘Leadership 101’. Each program participant will have significant leadership experience as community servant leaders. Respecting one another regardless of our differences is a core value of the Leadership Dayton Program. All program participants are expected to respect each other’s ideas and opinions, and are encouraged to hold each other accountable. Each participant will respect the facilitator, Day Chairs, speakers, and everyone at the hosting organization. Sponsors generously spend money and grant time away from the office so program participants can have a ‘once in a lifetime’ experience. Every participant is expected to show their appreciation to their sponsor. Violators of the class norms or other Leadership Dayton rules will be asked to leave the program without refund.
If an interested potential candidate doesn’t currently meet these requirements, the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce and Leadership Dayton encourage the candidate to gain the necessary experience and apply again. There are many opportunities readily available for those interested in becoming community servant leaders, including Generation Dayton, a not-for-profit Board of Governors/Trustees/Directors position and volunteer openings on not-for-profit committees to support a one-time event or on-going involvement.
In addition, engaging informal mentors who have either been through the Leadership Dayton program or have other leadership experience is a good way to learn more about becoming involved in improving the greater Dayton area.
Tuition assistance for Leadership Dayton candidates may only be requested by applicants meeting the following criteria:
NOTE: Tuition assistance is based on the availability of scholarship funds. The average assistance is approximately $500.
The application period for the 2019 Leadership Dayton class ended April 6. The 2019 class will be announced in August. We will begin accepting applications for the 2020 class in mid-December. If you need information prior to the 2020 application period please contact Lisa Sample at 937-226-8256.
Leadership Dayton 2019 Program Dates (.pdf)
Leadership Dayton 2019 Letter of Commitment (.pdf)
Class of 2019:
Your tuition payment must be paid by August 1, 2018. Please pay online by credit card at our secure site.
If you are unable to pay online and need to pay via mail, print the payment form and mail it with your check or credit card information.