The Jo Ann Davidson Ohio Leadership Institute is an eight-month program designed to encourage and train women business and civic leaders to assume more prominent roles, elected or appointed, in government and in the Republican Party. It is also a network of Republican women who are a resource for each other and mentors for our next generation of Republican women. 

The Institute's curriculum is seven day-long seminars, one day each month, from September through April (excluding December), and a three-day networking/training session in May in Washington, D.C. 









The "CEO" Kickoff - Meeting our State's Leading Officials

Leadership Skills - Team Building, Communication, Prioritizing, Marketing and Mentoring

Public Speaking - Developing Effective Skills at the Podium

Politics - Organization, Fundraising, Media Relations

Demographics - Ohio’s Political Statistics

Separation of Powers - Branches of Government, Ethics Training

Where do I go from here? - Sitting at the Table, Goals, Governmental Appointments

The Hill - Meetings with Elected and Appointed Leaders in Public and Private Sectors
In the decades following the "women's movement," we witnessed the successful impact of women in business, government and politics. As a result, the number of women business and political leaders increased significantly.  Today, women continue to achieve success in the business community, but the number of women now aspiring to be political leaders has declined.

Several factors combined to create this decrease.  Ohio's adoption of term limits forced the retirement of many long-standing women leaders.  Additionally, the complexity and expense of electoral politics cause too many women to feel unprepared for the political arena.  The most common reasons women give for their lack of involvement are, "I am not qualified." or "It is not a good time for me to serve."

Now more than ever we need qualified women leaders.  While we cannot overcome the timing problems articulated by these women, we can dispel the myth that women are not qualified. We can also provide access to the resources women need to become leaders in politics and government.
Our mission is to encourage, inspire and prepare you to attain a new level of leadership in your community, government and politics.  To that end, the Board and faculty of the Institute will:

• Provide you with introductions and access to political and governmental leaders responsible for candidate recruitment and Board and Commission appointments;

• Prepare you for key roles in politics and public service, and make your name available to key leaders; 

• Connect you to an effective statewide Republican network of women, including those leaders who have paved the way for your success;

• Teach you the "rules" and jargon of professional politics and the governing process.