GCP Lead

The Greater Cleveland Partnership recognizes the importance of engaging our region’s future business and community leaders in work that impacts the region through the efforts of the GCP. This group will be an exclusive cohort of emerging leaders from member companies who have an interest in GCP’s strategic priority areas.

Members of the cohort will dive into a “GCP immersion experience” by participating in and learning more about our current work and partnerships. Upon successful completion of the program, members are encouraged to stay engaged in the organization. GCP will work to engage them in the areas that best suit their interests and strengths.

>> Click here for additional information that includes requirements, program fee (based on company size), and the program schedule.

Due to the pandemic, we are delaying the nomination period and start of the GCP LEAD Cohort 6 until Q2 2021. We will accept nominations through April 7, 2021. GCP LEAD Cohort 6 will officially kick off in April. Our goal is to have in-person, or at minimum, hybrid programming. This determination will be finalized based on current public health information conveyed through Ohio Public Health Advisory System closer to our kickoff date.

Nomination Process & Requirements


  • At least five years of professional work experience
  • Employed by a GCP member company
  • Have an interest in the work of the GCP

Nomination Process

  • All candidates must be nominated by their organization’s CEO/president via an email to Angela Finding at afinding@gcpartnership.com stating their intent to nominate, the nominee’s name, title and contact information. Based on nominations of your emerging leaders, GCP strives to build a cohort that reflects the diversity of our region.

Acceptance Process

  • All nominations must be sent in by the deadline.
  • The maximum number of nominations that will be accepted is 40. Once we have reached 40, the nomination process will be closed.
  • The maximum number of nominations an organization may submit is two. 

Member Requirements

All cohort members will be required to participate in activities that are aligned with the work of the GCP.  These will be a mix of pre-planned experiences and elective opportunities. All GCP LEAD activities will be connected to one or more of our strategic priority areas of: Advocacy, Business Growth & Development, Equity & Inclusion, Talent, Real Estate, and COSE Small Business. The full menu of events and activities will be provided upon acceptance and updated on an ongoing basis. The program requirements include a mix of mandatory and elective activities.

  • Mandatory activities are spread out throughout the program year.  
  • The elective requirements include attending one event/meeting for each of the following three strategic priority areas: Advocacy, Talent, and Middle Market.   

Time Commitment

One year of activities will provide enough exposure to get a solid understanding of the Greater Cleveland Partnership. The purpose of developing this program is to introduce and keep future leaders engaged in work that impacts the region, as well as provide a professional development opportunity.