Are you looking to become more involved in your community but not sure where to start? The Leadership UA program provides a unique means to enhance your leadership skills and gain a greater understanding of the inner workings of your hometown, while networking with like-minded, soon-to-be friends.
For more than three decades, Leadership UA has been successfully guiding its adult students through the ins and outs of Upper Arlington’s history, government, education and community services. Throughout the course—which runs from October through late April—participants are afforded networking opportunities while engaging in hands-on leadership development exercises and practices that prove invaluable both professionally and personally once they emerge as Leadership UA graduates.
During the program, participants attend a professional leadership retreat, learn from City officials and staff on how the City of Upper Arlington operates and collaborate on a class project with fellow peers that will provide a lasting benefit to the community.
Leadership UA also focuses heavily on keeping program graduates networking with each other and in the loop on community issues. Graduates have opportunities to serve on the Leadership UA Board to help plan and enhance the programming for future students, alumni are invited to a reception each holiday season, and a graduation ceremony and celebration is open to all each spring. And come election season, the group hosts a Candidates and Issues event for residents who are interested in learning more about the candidates running for local positions and any issues that have been placed on the ballot.
Leadership UA is currently accepting applications for its 2020-2021 program through October 9, with the program beginning the evening of Thursday, October 22. The cost of $875 covers program expenses including meals before each meeting, and oftentimes employers will partially or fully cover the costs for your involvement. In response to COVID-19, this year’s program will follow guidelines set by Franklin County Public Health and the Ohio Department of Health to ensure the health and safety of all participants. This may require a combination of in-person and virtual engagement.