Explore our programming, resources, and membership options that drive growth.
See how we celebrate, enliven, stimulate, and cultivate community in the region.
See how we meaningfully connect leaders and celebrate our business community
Explore the work we’re driving to move the region forward
Explore our talent solutions, including leadership programs and HR consulting
See the stories and legacies that lift our communities and inspire action
Feature your business with a Member Spotlight in our Weekly Connection Newsletter
Explore our full suite of best-in-class leadership development programs
Explore our initiatives focused attracting, retaining, and developing talent
Explore the Workforce Innovation Center’s HR consulting services and resources
Learn more about our mission, vision, and values
Meet the diverse group of leaders passionately supporting our mission
Meet the people serving our region inclusively with passion, Integrity, and fun
Interested in joining our team? Check out our current openings
Questions? Here’s a list of things we think you may want to know
Read articles and learn more about the Cincinnati Chamber through our related news articles
Celebrating the leadership, vision, tenacity, and love of community shared by the recipients of the Great Living Cincinnatian Award, presented annually by the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber since 1967.
Patricia Corbett was a Renaissance woman. Her life-long interest in the performing arts, education, medicine and architecture, combined with her philanthropy, have touched countless lives in immeasurable ways.
Mrs. Corbett grew up in Long Island, N.Y., where she developed a love for music, dance and theater at an early age. She graduated from Columbia University with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in science.
In 1934, Mrs. Corbett and her husband, J. Ralph, moved from New York to Cincinnati, where he founded NuTone Inc., maker of the world’s first low-cost door chimes and other home items.
When the Corbetts sold NuTone in 1967 for $30 million, they put half of the proceeds into the Corbett Foundation, which they established to grant funding to organizations involved in the arts, education, medicine and community activities. The foundation has given away more than $30 million since 1955, mostly to Cincinnati endeavors.
Mrs. Corbett, chairwoman of the foundation, was known as a person of great vision, yet detail-oriented and with a hands-on involvement in the particulars and practicalities of projects.
“Giving away money wisely is very hard work,” she said. “You have to study up and figure out what will do the most good for the most people.” From the beginning, the Corbetts believed that more is accomplished when money is given in massive, concentrated doses than in “dribs and drabs.”
Cincinnati’s Music Hall, the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) and Riverbend Music Center have been major beneficiaries of Mrs. Corbett’s giving.
Mrs. Corbett served on many boards, including the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Opera and the Wellness Community.
The late J. Ralph Corbett was honored as a Great Living Cincinnatian in 1970.
Patricia Corbett died on January 28, 2008 at 99.
Recipients are selected from candidates by the Cincinnati Chamber’s senior council based on the following criteria: – Community service – Business and civic attainment on a local, state and national or international level – Leadership – Awareness of the needs of others – Distinctive accomplishments that have brought favorable attention to their community, institution or organization