The Signature Leadership Program is an annual ten month leadership class that explores segments of Lorain County (Economic & Business Development, Social Justice, Healthcare, Law/Government/Politics, Education, Recreation/Entertainment, Board Training), while focusing on developing personal and leadership skills, promoting teamwork and networking. As part of the class experience, service projects are undertaken that focus the energy of the class members on solving a community problem or contributing to the community infrastructure. Our program is an action-packed class featuring panel and round robin discussions, site visits, simulations, guest speakers, and hands on learning through immersion into Lorain County!


We welcome people from all across the professional community to apply for our Signature Class. We are proud to include among our Alumni members from the corporate world, small business owners, health care, education, non-profit, banking, civic, self-employed and many other sectors of the community.

To qualify for application you should have a strong connection to Lorain County, for example, living or working within the county. Submit a completed application, current resume, headshot, and application fee to LLC, and complete the interview portion of the process. Interviews are scheduled with Signature Class Alumni  and offer a chance for prospective class members to ask questions from someone with experience in the program, as well as answer questions about their reasons for interest in participation.

We encourage interested class members to seek out others from their place of employment that have completed the class and ask questions about their experience. Our LLC staff are all alumni themselves, and are happy to meet with any interested party to address any questions or concerns you may have at any time during the application process.

LLC is always accepting applications to become part of the next "Best Class". You can download the application to join the 2019 Class HERE.

The "Best Class of 2019" will kick off on August 8th, 2018, with its Orientation and Road Rally. To view the full schedule for the Class of 2019 click HERE.

There are many ways that you can sponsor our Signature Class Program, including full Session Day sponsors, breakfast or lunch sponsors, tuition sponsor, and more. Each sponsor recieves recognition here on our website, across our social media, during the Class Induction Ceremony and on printed materials for the day of sponsorship.

You can download a copy of our Sponsorship form HERE or contact Chris Kish, Director of Community Outreach & Alumni Relations, for more information.

Don't see a sponsorship option that is right for you? Contact us and we'll work to find the right fit for your company or organization.

Thank you to our 2018 Signature Class Sponsors:

October Session Day:

The Class of 2018 will be the 33rd class to graduate from Leadership’s Signature Program.  Like their predecessors, they wish to make a difference and leave their handprint on Lorain County.  We seek your input for projects worthy of pursuit based on the following criteria:

  • The period of time to complete the project is from January to Graduation in May, just five months.
  • Type of projects- In Leadership Lorain County each class strives to be the best class. This should be reflective in the project or projects that are agreed upon to complete. Non-profit organizations in Lorain County may share a need or want where the class may assist. Collaboration and Innovation within the county is always encouraged.
  • Economics- There is to be no project that is exclusively fundraising, and the proposing agency will bear the ultimate responsibility of any project costs. However, the Class of 2016 is welcome to collaborate with other groups who have the ability to seek funds.
  • In order for an idea to be considered, a representative of the agency must commit to be on-site and available while any project work is completed.
Using these criteria, please complete the Class of 2017 Project Proposal HERE.

All proposals will be vetted by Leadership staff.  Proposals will be submitted to the Class of 2018 for their selection on January 10.  All agencies submitting proposals will be notified of the outcome.

Deadline for proposals is Wednesday, December 20. Forward your completed project form to Jennifer Gercak at

Please call 440-281-8556 with any questions or concerns.

Downloadable list of past class projects