Leadership Program

Leadership Shelby County was created to increase the quality and quantity of men and women capable of accepting leadership roles in varied community organizations. Participants are exposed to a variety of social and economic issues facing our area. This awareness helps develop informed, civic-oriented leaders who are interested in helping direct the future of Shelby County.

Leadership Shelby County consists of nine full-day classes held one day a month from September through May. The classes are held at locations in Shelby County that best relate to the topic area. During each session, participants are introduced to issues by means of panels, lectures, tours, group discussions and simulations. In each case, the program is designed to address specific areas rather than vague concepts.

Participants are selected using an objective process with information presented on a completed program application.

Selection criteria are:

  • Motivation and commitment to serve the community
  • Demonstrated Leadership Qualities
  • An interest in participating in community projects upon completion of the series

To graduate, participants are required to attend the entire day of all sessions. Missed sessions must be made up within two years. As part of the program, participants serve an internship with a local non-profit or governmental group. Placement is made when the Leadership program year begins in September. Those currently serving on an active board may submit a written request to be excused from the internship requirement.

Leadership Skill Development
Local History and Geography
Economic Development
Law Enforcement, Fire & Rescue
Human Services
Health Services
Local Government

If accepted in the Leadership Shelby County program, each participant (or participant's sponsor or company) will be billed for the tuition fee of $300.00 for program costs.


Contact the Chamber of Commerce for an application.

Sidney - Shelby County Chamber of Commerce - 101 South Ohio Avenue - Floor 2, Sidney, Ohio 45365
Phone: 937-492-9122 - E-mail: info3@SidneyShelbyChamber.com