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Leadership Defiance County


Recognizing high quality leadership is a most precious community resource, and as a tribute to 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 community and an opportunity to enhance their leadership skills.


Application Deadline for 2023-2024 Program

June 1, 2023

*Contact the Chamber office for an application after June 1st, 2023.


Application Deadline was June 1, 2023.  

 If you are interested in this program, contact the Chamber office for information on this session. 

2023 - 2024 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. The focus is on specific aspects of 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 18th - Program Orientation & History Day 
  • September 8th - Education Day
  • October 13th - Government Day
  • November 17th Real Estate & Agriculture Day
  • December 8th - Media & the Arts Day


  • January 12th - Criminal Justice & Civil Service Day
  • February 9th - Healthcare Day
  • March 8th - Service Industries & Non-Profits Day
  • April 12th - Manufacturing Day
  • May 10th - Financial Services & Graduation Banquet 

The 2023-2024 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 2023 - 2024 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 4, 2023.

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.