In this program – modeled after the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber’s “Leadership Cincinnati” – Alpaugh Scholars will interact with local business leaders in seminars and on-site experiences to better understand issues facing the schools and communities.
Over 500 local education leaders have completed this program!
What’s in it for you and your school and district?
  • Engage in creative dialogue with community leaders and fellow educators.
  • Develop a better focus on how community issues impact schools and communities.
  • Identify ways you can take what you have learned back to your students and colleagues.
  • Discover new community resources.
Selected participants will attend (4) monthly sessions from October through January.
The Alpaugh Leadership Program is made possible through the generous support of the Alpaugh Family Foundation. 


Session One

A City’s History and Economy -Virtual Tour

Monday, October 25, 2021

3:30 – 5:00 PM

A city’s history and its economy are intertwined to a great degree. On this virtual tour of Cincinnati, historian Dan Hurley will explain how the city’s political and business communities have evolved, along with the region’s economy. Hurley was a highly respected journalist and host on WKRC-TV and WVXU-FM. He also served as the Cincinnati Museum Center’s Assistant Vice President for History and Research, Interim President of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, Director of the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber’s Leadership Cincinnati program, and as the founder of Applied History Associates. Hurley is also the author of Cincinnati: The Queen City.


Session Two

Social Justice

Thursday, November 18, 2021

3:30 p.m.  - 5:00 p.m.

Zoom Meeting. Meeting link will be emailed.
Ayo Magwood, of Uprooting Inequity, will keep the discussion very practical, discussing on-the-ground issues, and how they relate to what you do in your professional lives. Magwood’s passion for anti-racist education, civics, and social justice and her lifelong quest to help people understand the perspectives of others are informed by her personal identity and experiences as a cultural “border crosser.” She has a B.A. in International Relations from Brown University and a M.Sc. in Applied Economics from Cornell University.


Session Three

Community Issues: Social Services in our Schools

Thursday, December 16, 2021

3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Zoom Meeting. Meeting link will be emailed.
This session focuses on the intersection of the work you do in schools and districts and the work of local social service agencies. Sarah Buffie is the Founding Director of Soulbird Consulting and a Trauma Responsive Care Trainer. Specializing in trauma responsive care, she helps organizations and individuals disrupt current models of thinking by building empathy and understanding around the effects of trauma. Sarah has worked in community organizing for over a decade. Her focus is to spread awareness about how trauma affects the brain and body, and teach effective approaches for developing resilience within the people organizations strive to serve, and the people closest to the work: caregivers and direct providers.  She has an MSW from Northern Kentucky University with a focus in trauma, positive psychology, and mindfulness.


Session Four

United Way – Poverty in our Communities

Thursday, January 20, 2022

3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Zoom Meeting. Meeting link will be emailed.
The United Way fights for the health, education and financial stability of every person in our community. This session will focus on poverty and the effects on our community. Moira Weir is the President and CEO of the United Way of Greater Cincinnati. Weir, who started as a frontline Children’s Services worker at Job and Family Services 28 years ago, rose through the ranks to ultimately lead the organization for the past 13 years.  As director of the agency, she is responsible for a multitude of programs, including food, cash and medical assistance, publicly funded childcare, child and adult protection, child support and employment assistance.  Job and Family Services has more than 900 employees and a $2.1 billion-dollar annual budget.
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