Leadership in the City

Leadership in the City
Professional Development Program

Leadership in the City is a professional development program for Extension professionals working in urban areas who aim to be locally relevant, responsive statewide, and recognized nationally. The online curriculum builds upon existing leadership experiences, management training, and Extension professional development. Leadership in the City topics include 1) entrepreneurial leadership; 2) personal, city, and university contexts; 3) innovation and marketing; 4) networking and inclusive engagement; and 5) entrepreneurial management. The blended learning format combines asynchronous (from your location, on your schedule) and synchronous (scheduled video conferences) and occurs over five months so you can balance your day-to-day schedule with professional development.

Throughout the course, you will engage in projects/assignments, collaborative online learning, and application. Additional individual learner support can be scheduled as needed.

  • Pre-Recorded Videos (10-20 minutes) for independent learning.
  • Coffee Shop via Zoom video conferencing typically the second Friday of the month 12-1 p.m. (ET).
  • Assignments are typically due the third Friday of the month.
  • Leadership in Action sessions via Zoom video conferencing are typically the last Friday from 12-2 p.m. (ET).
2021 registration is closed.

          Registration deadline was November 20, 2020  
          Cancellations can be refunded through the registration deadline less a $50 processing fee
          Class limit: 25

Areas of Focus

Leadership in the City Schedule
    Course introduction and entrepreneurial learning December 2020
I. Entrepreneurial Leadership January 2021
    Your Personal Context as a Leader in the City  
II. Entrepreneurial Environments    February 2021
    Contextual Leadership in Urban Communities & Urban Extension Organizations             
III. Entrepreneurial Innovation & Marketing March 2021
    Program, Project & Product Development
    Communications with Internal & External Stakeholders
IV. Entrepreneurial Networking & Inclusive Engagement April 2021
    Partner Collaboration plus Diversity, Equity & Inclusion  
V. Entrepreneurial Management plus Recap & Reflection May 2021
    Management of Projects, People & Self
    Recap & Reflection

Methods: Learn from content experts, apply what you learn in your city, participate in the online interactive learning. Each competency-based module incorporates interactive digital delivery and the flipped classroom model for active learning and engagement through:

Video icon 6 Pre-Recorded Videos and supplemental multimedia resources
Flat.png 10 Assignments (for you and for your organization)
Shutter icon 5 Leadership in Action sessions via Zoom video conferencing + one in-person opportunity
Chat icon 5 Months of collaborative online learning
Coffee cup icon 5 Coffee Shops via Zoom video conferencing
Checkmark icon Application through continual learning, reflection, coaching, mentoring, self-paced modules, and more


Digital Badge: By completing requirements noted on the Participant Checklist, participants can earn a digitial badge. Digital badges assess and validate learning, and hold the potential to help transform where and how learning is valued (MacArthur Foundation). Digital badges can recognize essential competencies for university Extension professionals working in urban communities.

FAQ: Link to Leadership in the City FAQ

2021 Monthly Schedule: Link to the Monthly Schedule

Complete Details: Link to a Printable flier

Investment: $500 plus a commitment to work hard and have fun investing approximately 6 hours per month during the 5-month course.

2021 registration is closed.

          Registration deadline was November 20, 2020  
          Cancellations can be refunded through the registration deadline less a $50 processing fee
          Class limit: 25

Approval Letter: Letter for Supervisor

Testimony: In the first four offerings of the program, 103 Extension professionals from 31 states participated in Leadership in the City, including diverse perspectives from 1862, 1890, and 1994 land-grant institutions. Here is what your peers had to say.

This course is offered through Ohio State University Extension. CFAES provides research and related educational programs to clientele on a nondiscriminatory basis. For more information, visit cfaesdiversity.osu.edu. For an accessible format of this publication, visit cfaes.osu.edu/accessibility.