The strength and sustainability of leadership is critical to continuing the momentum of the Columbus Region. The cultivation of the next generation of leadership within respective companies, across the region, and in civic organizations is a priority. Each year, Partnership members convene around different topics of leadership at an annual two-day retreat. Additionally, the organization makes concerted efforts to support the advancement of women and minorities in leadership roles.


The Partnership actively engages with other leadership organizations and initiatives in Central Ohio to continue to cultivate the pipeline of next-generation leaders, build relationships, and to advance the inclusivity and diversity of our community’s leadership and workforce.


YPO (formerly Young Presidents’ Organization) is a premiere peer-to-peer member organization chief executives ages 45 and younger.  The Columbus Partnership and the Columbus Chapter of YPO engage in shared leadership programming to continue building and reinforcing cross-generational leadership relationships.

In 2018, the Partnership and the YPO came together to host former President Barack Obama and Dr. Sanjay Gupta, multiple Emmy® award winning chief medical correspondent for CNN, for a two-day Leadership Summit.

In early 2019, the two organizations, in partnership with The Columbus Foundation, hosted George Kaiser, founder of the George Kaiser Family Foundation, a supporting organization of the Tulsa Community Foundation, which is the second largest community foundation in the country.

The Columbus Partnership and YPO continue to plan strategic and impactful leadership programming for its members.

–Columbus Women’s Commission

The Columbus Women’s Commission works to advance the economic well-being of women in our community, is focused on key issues and directly influences policies and procedure to make big change happen in Columbus.  Led by First Lady Shannon Ginther, the Columbus Women’s Commission is tasked with bringing awareness to the unique needs and challenges facing women in Columbus, and to convene, impart knowledge, catalyze, build partnerships, recommend solutions, and advocate to create change in this community, with the belief that all women have the opportunity to succeed.  The charge of the Commission is focused around four key areas that are facing women in our community:  pay equity, housing and safety, health and nutrition, and workforce development and education.

In an effort to move the needle on pay equity, the Commission launched the “Columbus Commitment: Achieving Pay Equity,” a voluntary, employer-led pledge to close the gender wage gap.  This includes promoting innovation to address gender- and race-based pay inequalities.  The Columbus Partnership was one of the first organizations to sign the pledge, and since then, more than 30 member companies have also committed.

–Entrepreneurs’ Organization

The Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) is a global, peer-to-peer network of more than 12,000+ influential business owners with 170 chapters in 53 countries. Founded in 1987, EO is the catalyst that enables leading entrepreneurs to learn and grow, leading to greater success in business and beyond.  EO’s Columbus Chapter includes nearly 100 members.

–Young American Leaders Program

For the fifth consecutive year, young leaders from Columbus will participate in Harvard Business School’s prestigious program, the Young American Leaders Program (YALP).  Over the span of a couple days, participants learn about cross-sector collaborations around the globe.  Led by partners at the Harvard Business School, Jan Rivkin and Mitch Weiss, this program offers an incredible opportunity to have Columbus leaders engage with eight other cities from across the country and continue to tell our story.  Through our relationship with the Harvard Business School, the Columbus Partnership helps select the leaders each year who will best represent our community in this program.

In 2018, we were excited to welcome Southwest Airlines as the official airline of the Young American Leaders Program, exclusively providing air transportation to all participants.