The Institute’s mission is to increase the number of competent, Republican women in public and community service and party leadership by providing extensive training and support for our class members as they pursue their leadership goals. Accomplishing this mission will build an executive-level group of highly qualified, Republican women who are educated and motivated to assume key roles in politics, community and public service.
The Jo Ann Davidson Ohio Leadership Institute is an eight-month program created to encourage and train women in business and civic leadership to assume more prominent roles, either elected or appointed, in government and in the Republican Party. Each year, between 20-25 women leaders from across Ohio, who have an interest in politics and public service and who meet a diverse range of criteria for participation, are selected to join the Institute’s current class. To learn more about applying, click here.

Graduates of the Institute, which was founded in 2000, are part of an extensive network of Republican women, who serve as a resource to each other and as mentors for the next generation of Republican women. To meet our graduates, click here.
The Institute’s curriculum includes seven full-day seminars, held once each month from September through April (excluding December). In May, the class attends a three-day networking and training program held in Washington, DC, where class members have the opportunity to meet with national elected and government leaders, as well as learn from well-regarded women leaders in business and politics.
To encourage, inspire, support and prepare class members to assume leadership positions in Ohio government and politics by providing an intensive eight-month training program.

To provide qualified participants with access to political and state governmental leaders responsible for candidate recruitment and appointments.

To place participants in either elective or appointive positions in politics or public service within five years of their completion of the program.

To establish an effective statewide political network which women can utilize to increase their career opportunities.

To educate women in the “rules” and jargon of professional politics and the governing process.