Rising Star Leadership Program

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2019 Rising Star Leadership Program Class                           Photo by Mary Strubbe

2019 RSLP

The YWCA Rising Star Leadership Program empowers and equips high-performing women to become equity leaders.  This unique development experience strengthens leadership skills and prepares participants for non-profit board service while connecting them to a powerful network of accomplished female leaders.

Sessions are facilitated by local and national experts and cover a wide variety of topics from building executive skills to balancing career, board, and home life. In the spirit of the YWCA’s pioneering history of leading racial justice initiatives, the program presents very direct and specific training on eliminating discrimination and promoting racial and gender equity. Graduates join a diverse network of recipients with access to exclusive networking and educational opportunities.


2018 RSLP 2

Participation Requirements:

  • Nomination by a member of the YWCA board, Academy of Career Women of Achievement, or a Rising Star Leadership Program graduate
  • Between the ages of 25 and 40
  • Exhibit the qualities of an outstanding performer
  • Demonstrate the potential to attain marked achievement in chosen career

Nominations for the 2020 Rising Star Leadership Program are being accepted through September 16th, 2019. The program takes place in 5 ½ full day sessions taking place between January and May (see the application for 2020 program dates).


Questions? Contact Kristi Rohrkasse at krohrkasse@ywcacin.org or 513-361-2168.


2019 RSLP 2YWCA Board Registry

Graduates of the YWCA Leadership Program are certified by the YWCA as ready-to-serve on local boards and are added to the YWCA’s Board Registry. Area organizations are able to share their board openings with candidates in our registry by contacting Kristi Rohrkasse at 513-361-2168 or krohrkasse@ywcacin.org.


Since 2002, the YWCA has been recognizing outstanding young professional female leaders as Rising Stars in our community.  The YWCA Rising Star Leadership Program was started in 2007 to further empower our future and present female leaders with generous support from Greater Cincinnati Foundation and the Barbara Lindsey Memorial Fund.

We are grateful to the Charlotte R. Schmidlapp Fund, Fifth Third Bank, Trustee; and Katy Hollister & Deloitte for funding support of the YWCA Rising Star Leadership Program. We are also indebted to Kathy Beechem for her inspirational and dedicated leadership.