Adult Program


Leadership Geauga’s Signature Adult Program provides participants with access to community leaders, hot-topic discussions, behind-the-scenes site tours, and interactive panel interviews across all community sectors. This annual 10-month signature adult program emphasizes leadership development, and learning through experience and provides in-depth knowledge, tools, and the network to lead stronger organizations and better serve the community.

The application deadline for the Class of 2024-25 is May 31, 2024.

Email Meredith Ashkettle for more information.

Participants enjoy

  • 13 interactive sessions, spread over 10 months (including an overnight retreat and full-day graduation ceremony)
  • Cultivating relationships with leaders across a wide range of sectors, industries, and backgrounds
  • Unparalleled networking
  • Gaining unique and diverse perspectives on critical community and business issues
  • Behind the scenes tours of some of the County‚Äôs most unique and cutting-edge organizations
  • Thought-provoking discussions and interactive activities
  • Access to a network of over 950 alumni
  • A prestigious graduation certificate awarded by Leadership Geauga County


Class members in the Signature Adult Program will attend orientation, opening overnight retreat, mid-year retreat and closing graduation, where leadership training and discussions take place.

Additionally, the program includes eight days traveling throughout the county, experiencing Geauga’s major community economic influencers.

Participants examine the history of Geauga County, educational systems, human service offerings, health and safety systems, government interactions, business models, agriculture diversities and arts and leisure activities.

To support the leadership development of our participants, small groups plan each issue day which allows for newly-formed collaborations and expanded learning beyond the sector of personal study.



2024-25 Program Calendar

Each class day runs from approximately 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. and includes breakfast, lunch, and a closing reception.

Orientation Friday, September 6, 2024
Retreat Thurs., Sept. 26 and Fri., Sept 27, 2024
History Day Friday, October 18, 2024
Education Friday, November 15, 2024
Human Services Friday, December 6, 2024
Health and Safety Friday, January 10, 2025
Government Friday, January 31, 2025
Mid-year Retreat Friday, February 14, 2025
Emerald Ball* Saturday, March 1, 2025
Business Friday, March 21, 2025
Agriculture Friday, April 18, 2025
Arts and Leisure Friday, May 16, 2025
Graduation** Friday, June 6, 2025

Also, there are six planning meetings in addition to the program days. These meetings are scheduled at a mutually agreeable time to plan your program day.
*The Emerald Ball is Leadership Geauga’s annual fundraising event. Class members are required to attend the evening event.
**Graduation consists of a daytime meeting, with a couple-hour break, then the class reconvenes for an evening dinner and ceremony.


    Class participants come from every sector and neighborhood our community and must either live or work in Geauga County. The Leadership Geauga Board of Trustees looks for the following criteria and then approves the slate of candidates:

    • Quality and completeness of application
    • Leadership quality and potential
    • Community involvement
    • Diversity in industry, race, and experiences

    This process results in a membership class that is representative of a cross-section of the population.

    Tuition & Application Process

    • Applications are due by May 31.
    • A committee reviews all applications and selects the candidates for the class.
    • All applicants will be notified of their status by mid-August.
    • Tuition is $2,500 per class member.
    • Payments can be made in full, or a payment plan can be set.
    • LG has a limited number of partial scholarships to award to those candidates who have a demonstrated need.

    A note on scholarships:
    We encourage all applicants to seek tuition payment/reimbursement from their employers. In cases where the full cost of tuition is a burden for either the organization or the individual, a limited number of scholarships are available. To be considered for a scholarship, complete the scholarship request in as much detail as possible in the application.

    Email Meredith Ashkettle for more information.