Area Progress Council - Leadership Warren County is approaching!

January 5, 2022




2022 CLASS 

Start March 4, 2022 concludes November 22, 2022


  • Identify and select individuals with sincere interest in the community and the potential of leadership.
  • Systematically educate and challenge the participants as to the needs of the community as well as the dynamics of social and economic change.
  • Develop an esprit de corps among the participants, which will provide a common ground for working together on present or future community projects.
  • Create a dialogue and rapport between the participants and existing community leadership.
  • Identify organizational and individual opportunities for community involvement and assist participants in placement into these positions upon completion of the program.


·        To the Individual

Personal development - Personal assessment - Network expansion - Identify talents

Personality profiling - Acquire in-depth knowledge of Warren County and local leaders.

Gain awareness of county resources - Exposure to opportunities

·        To your Business or Organization

Meet outstanding community leaders - Understand group dynamics

Working with diverse groups - Conflict resolution - Build trust

Encourage and motivate others - Make key decisions

·        To the Community

      Encourages and empowers individuals to assume leadership roles for:                               

Cities – Township - Service organizations - Businesses

Strengthens the county - Strengthens individuals - Strengthens organizations


Individuals who are stakeholders in Warren County, either by residency or association with a Warren County business or organization, are encouraged to apply to LWC for class enrollment.


Participants will be selected to ensure a representative cross section of individuals for all areas of the county.

Attendance Commitment

The program has a strict attendance policy that requires class members to attend twelve sessions from

March through November (retreats are two days), attend a city council meeting, county commissioners meeting, township trustees meeting, school board meeting, ride with a police officer, job shadow a school principal, host a school principal at your work place, and various other meetings including class projects.  Attendance at both retreats is mandatory and anyone missing more than two sessions may be dropped from the program.  Applicants must have the full support of the organization or company they represent.


For applications received by January 14, 2022 the tuition is $2,200 for members of Area Progress Council or any chamber in Warren County and includes all fees, materials, and meals on class days; $2,500 for non-members.  A limited number of partial scholarships may be available to applicants who require financial assistance. Tuition 5% additional after 1-14-2022.


Program Sponsor

LWC is a program of Area Progress Council of Warren County, Inc., a 501(c)(3) corporation. Tuition fees are deductible as a business expense.

Program Content

The course content for LWC follows two tracks - personal development and county culture.

Participants will begin with a two-day retreat to acquaint them with the program by focusing on networking, team building and learning their individual leadership and personality styles. Later sessions will cover working with groups, diversity, motivating others, effective listening, communication, building trust, effective negotiating, group dynamics, consensus-building and personal mission statement.  Class members will practice these skills as they work together to plan and implement class days, class projects, graduation, and alumni activities.

The story of Warren County, encompassing the heritage, the people, the policies and the issues will be explored. Participants will encounter various Warren County leaders and hear about their leadership successes.

“…and it is evident that LWC was well researched prior to inception. It utilizes the finest attributes of effective leadership programs to develop informed individuals that can fill leadership roles for our business and for the betterment of volunteer organizations.” –Stephen P. Wilson, State Senator, Retired, LCNB National Bank.



Schedule for the Class of 2022 – Application due January 14, 2022


LWC begins with a mandatory two-day retreat from 8:00 a.m. March 4th to 5:00 p.m. March 5th, 2022.

March through November daily sessions will be from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  

Participants will again enjoy a two-day retreat on November 8th & 9th, 2022.

Friday-Saturday, Mar 4-5, 2022 Retreat               Thursday, March 17, 2022             Tuesday, April 5, 2022

Tuesday, April 26, 2022                                      Thursday, May 26, 2022                  Thursday, June 23, 2022    

Friday, July 22, 2022                                           Thursday, August 18, 2022            Wednesday, September 14, 2022 Tuesday, October 11, 2022         

Some class days Mar 17 to Oct 11 may vary.                        

Wednesday-Thursday, Nov 9-10, 2022 Retreat      Tuesday, November 22, 2022 – Cap Stone and Commencement                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

For more information or to request an application, contact:

Bill Thornton, (513) 265-0450   or   Arla R. Tannehill, (513) 932-8228 –

                          Application available at


Look What Former Class Members Are Saying

LWC is an unbelievable program that not only makes you take ownership of the county but provides the knowledge and network to become involved.” – Gary Heitkamp, Kleingers and Associates, - Class of ‘04


“The late Ohio Representative, Corwin Nixon once told me, “No one is successful unless a whole lot of other people allow you to be successful.” Through the experience in LWC you meet a whole lot of people.  The rest is up to you.” – Richard Jones, National Bank & Trust, – Class of ‘03


“What a great opportunity to learn about every aspect of our community and how we can work together, to capitalize on our strengths and resources in Warren County.” –Amy Kleinfelder-Brown, Warren County Board of Developmental Disabilities, - Class of ‘10


“Leadership Warren County was a wonderful experience. I learned a lot about community leadership and established relationships with excellent community leaders. I truly learned a lot about my own strengths and weaknesses and this class will assist me in my own professional development! -

 Brian Tinch, Warren County Sheriff’s Office, - Class of ‘11


“If you think you know Warren County, just wait until you go through the Leadership program. You’ll meet people, see locations and learn things about the county that you never knew. You’ll also make personal connections that could last a lifetime.”-Wendy Parks, Atrium Medical Center -Class of ’11


Mission:To create a dynamic network of leaders whose increased awareness and commitment to serve will energize its citizens to shape Warren County’s future.”


Select a member of your team to apply. Or, participate yourself!