The “Leader to Leader” program is rooted in the Cincinnatus Association’s effort to help Rosa Blackwell, then the superintendent of Cincinnati Public Schools (CPS), achieve a major goal of her strategic plan: improve the leadership and management capabilities of the CPS school principals.

The program, now starting its 7th year, fosters leader relationships between business leaders and principals for enhanced leadership knowledge and experience. These leader relationships are based on mutual respect for each other’s knowledge and experience and a trust that shared information will be confidential. There are 12 business to business relationships currently, with the likelihood more will be added this year.

The value of the program can be best illustrated by a comment from the longest term principal in the program: “My mentor is a coach, friend and a trusted confident. The experience has been invaluable both professionally and personally.”