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Leadership Defiance County


Recognizing high-quality leadership is a precious community resource. As a tribute to the great community leadership of the past, Leadership Defiance County has been established as a program to provide a continual source of skilled, motivated leaders for the ​Defiance Area.

Intent and Purpose

Leadership Defiance County, presented by the Defiance Area Chamber of Commerce, is a ten-month program geared to providing current and future leaders an increased awareness of the community and an opportunity to enhance their leadership skills.


2024 - 2025 Leadership Defiance County Application


Application Deadline is
July 1, 2024


Application Deadline is July 1, 2024.  

2024 - 2025 Leadership Defiance County Application

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2024 - 2025 Program Details

The Leadership Defiance County Program is a ten-month program, beginning in August with ten full-day, once-a-month sessions. Classes will be from 8:30am to 4pm. Through a combination of speakers and on-site tours, the program focuses on regional civic issues, economic sectors, and leadership development. Please see the schedule below for anticipated program dates (schedule is tentative and subject to change).


  • August 23rd - Orientation & Team Building Day 
  • September 27th - Education Day
  • October 25th - Government Day
  • November 22nd - Media & the Arts Day
  • December 20th - Real Estate & Agriculture Day


  • January 24th - Criminal Justice & Civil Service Day
  • February 28th - Healthcare Day
  • March 21st - Service Industries & Non-Profits Day
  • April 25th - Manufacturing Day
  • May 16th - Financial Services & Graduation Banquet 

The 2024 - 2025 class will be selected from the pool of qualified applicants. Applicants must have the approval of their employers and will be selected based on community involvement and leadership potential. Preference will be given to Chamber members and their employees.

Approximately 15-20 people per year, representing a cross-section of the various business sectors of the community, participate in the program. Both individuals and their organizations benefit from the contacts in the community, increased knowledge of the Northwest Ohio area, and enhanced professional skills.

Tuition for 2024 - 2025 class is $995 for current Chamber members and $1,195 for non-members. This is payable by the candidate, employer, or sponsoring organization. Payment is due by August 1, 2024.

Participants must have the full support of their employers or sponsoring organizations, as there is an attendance requirement. The August orientation is mandatory and attendance at eight of the nine remaining sessions is required in order to complete the program. There may be selected reading assignments and additional meetings/events outside of the monthly sessions.