The Public Leadership Academy provides state and local elected and appointed officials the opportunity to advance and grow as public leaders. The one-week residential program invites a cohort of rising Ohio elected officials to develop their core leadership skills of communication, collaboration, analysis, problem-solving and decision-making in an elected legislative setting.

Participants exchange ideas and work with leading practitioners and scholars in the field of elected governance, as well as fellow emerging leaders from across the state participating in the Academy. The focus is on developing leadership skills for service in the State legislature, but the training has application for other elected settings as well.

The benefits of participation include:

  • Learning from leading scholars and practitioners in elected governance;
  • Developing and practicing core leadership skills (e.g. crisis communication; decision-making with limited information); and
  • Building a professional network of other elected officials, experts, and mentors.

Public Leadership Academy will take place from July 14-19, 2019 at the Columbus campus of The Ohio State University. Participants will arrive midday on Sunday, July 14th and stay on campus until midday on Friday, July 19th.

Graduates of the Public Leadership Academy will receive a certificate signifying successful completion of study and become alumni members of the Academy.

Application deadline is May 3, 2019.

Who Should Apply:

The Public Leadership Academy’s training is designed to assist state and local elected and appointed officials who are currently serving or aspire to serve in the State of Ohio legislature. Priority will be given to recently elected state and local officials or appointed city managers with aspirations for higher office. Staff members of current elected officials who intend to run for the state legislature will also be considered.

Cost of Attendance:

Admitted participants are required to pay $250 to attend the Academy. Through state funding, training materials, lodging, and most meals will be provided by the Public Leadership Academy.

For more information contact Gina Gest at or 614-688-1719.

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