The COLUMBUS IMPACT ACADEMY is a four-month community impact and leadership initiative facilitated by the Columbus Young Professionals Club. The program is designed to provide a comprehensive experience in leadership for emerging leaders and high potential professionals. Participants work together to discover a sense of individual place and purpose, while gaining valuable community perspective on team bonding, access to community leaders, leadership development, board service, and exposure to opportunity.

Seven mandatory virtual workshops (plus three optional enrichment webinars) bring focus to individual, team, and community leadership for participants while breaking down the corporate silos and geographical barriers that often exist in large cities. Hands-on volunteer activities and enrichment outings are also offered, giving participants opportunities to make an impact, while learning more about the Columbus region and what makes it such a special place to live, work, and give. Upon completion of the Academy, graduates and guests are invited to join us virtually at a celebratory commencement ceremony.

Selection Criteria:

• Commitment to a 4-month leadership program with mandatory virtual monthly sessions during the workday
• Commitment to 2 volunteer opportunities (virtual or in-person) in the Columbus community facilitated through the Impact Academy
• Commitment to showing up on time and being present during all sessions
• Commitment to Columbus and the growth of our city and region