Who attends?


Local, state and federal government staff


Associates who partner with public groups

Higher Education

Professors, researchers and students

2017 Leadership Forum Program

8 - 8:30 a.m.

Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30 – 9:30 a.m.

Conference Welcome and Morning Address

Opening Keynote Address: Amy Liu, Vice President at the Brookings Institute and Director of the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program

Inclusive economies in a disruptive age

Amy Liu has worked closely with federal, regional, and local leaders across the United States to design and implement economic strategies that expand economic growth and opportunity. In her presentation, Liu will describe the challenges facing American cities and metros and the macro-level forces – including technological change, globalization, urbanization, and demographic change – that are reshaping them. She’ll then outline a vision for inclusive growth that responds to the demands of the changing economy and reflects emerging innovations by local leaders across the country.

Click here to download Amy Liu's presentation.
9:30 – 10:15 a.m.

Fake News, Free Speech and Public Policy

During the 2016 Presidential election, the expression “fake news” was introduced to the public — creating a lasting political idiom. How does using this term affect free speech and journalism? Has its use changed public opinion of the mainstream media? Has public policy been affected? Journalists will address these and other pressing questions during a panel discussion.

Jessie Balmert, State Government Reporter, Cincinnati Enquirer
Mike Curtin, former Editor and Associate Publisher, The Columbus Dispatch, former Representative, Ohio House District 17
Alan Miller, Editor, The Columbus Dispatch
Mike Thompson, Chief Content Director – News and Public Affairs, Host of Columbus on the Record, WOSU Public Media
10:15 – 10:45 a.m.

Break and Fuel Up Stations

We have added extra time into the morning break for lengthy networking and professional development. Grab a beverage and connect with a colleague or visit one of three Fuel Up stations.

Resume Review – Meet with an OSU career advisor or HR professional for a brief consultation of your LinkedIn profile or your resume.

Social Branding – Meet with an OSU HR professional or career advisor on the various social media platforms and best practices for positioning yourself on them.

Portrait Studio – Update your online photo with a professional portrait. Portraits will be available on the Glenn College Flickr site shortly after the conference.
10:45 – Noon, AM Breakout Sessions

Session 1:

Governance in the Fast Lane: Policy Implications of Smart Mobility

Self-driving cars, ride-sharing apps, technology driven car sharing and on-demand ride services — all have the potential to benefit society in measurable ways. These modern innovations provide mechanisms to reduce air pollution, decrease traffic congestion, improve safety, create jobs and connect communities. Policymakers can make these types of technologies available to their communities by supporting their adoption and establish governance structures that allow them to flourish. Join us for a discussion about the opportunities and challenges smart mobility presents for public administrators and their constituencies.

Randy Cole, Executive Director, Ohio Turnpike Commission
William Murdock, Executive Director, Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission
Brandi Braun, Deputy Innovation Officer, City of Columbus

Session 2:

The Art of Working with and Serving on Boards

Organizations achieve operational success with well-trained and effective board members. During this session, seasoned professionals will speak about how to be an effective board member and the role the board plays in shaping strategic plans. A member of this discussion panel has been an Executive Director of many high-profile boards and will discuss his strategy of leveraging boards to drive the success of organizations.

Patricia Hicks, President, Outcomes Management Group
Ty Marsh, Executive Director, Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio
Lisa Patt-McDaniel, Chief Executive Officer, Workforce Development Board of Central Ohio
Mary Tschirhart, Professor, John Glenn College of Public Affairs

Session 3:

How to Approach a Lawmaker as a Policymaker

This session will provide tips for engaging with legislators about policy needs. Our panelists will share best practices for presenting your position, common pitfalls to avoid, ways to build and maintain collaborative relationships and what to expect when working with legislators.

Kristin Boggs, Representative, Ohio House District 18
Bill Faith, Executive Director, Coalition on Homelessness and Housing in Ohio
Stephanie Kunze, Senator, Ohio Senate District 16
Brian Perera, Assistant Vice President for State Relations, The Ohio State University, Government Relations
Noon – 1:30 p.m.

Conference Luncheon and Address

State of Ohio Leadership Institute

Elected Officials will soon have the opportunity to better prepare for their jobs with the help of Ohio State University's new State of Ohio Leadership Institute (SOLI). The brainchild of Ohio House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger, SOLI will provide leadership and government training for current and future elected officials.

Trevor Brown, Dean, John Glenn College of Public Affairs
Cliff Rosenberger, Speaker, Ohio House of Representatives

Glenn College Alumni Awards

We will recognize the 2017 recipients of the Glenn College Alumni Awards

1:45 – 3 p.m., PM Breakout Sessions

Session 4:

Big City Problems in Ohio’s Small Towns & How Are Ohio’s Small and Mid-Sized Legacy Cities Faring

In 2016, The Center for Community Solutions and Greater Ohio Policy Center released reports finding hope and hopelessness in Ohio’s small towns. The contrast of Ohio’s big cities versus its small towns is striking in both the similarities of the challenges and the inequity of the resources. We will hear from the organizations on their findings.

John Begala, Former Executive Director, Center for Community Solutions
Alison Goebel, Executive Director, Greater Ohio Policy Center
Ned Hill, Professor, John Glenn College of Public Affairs

Session 5:

Design Thinking

Design thinking has the potential to help us define policy problems and develop solutions that are creative and innovative, putting the community’s needs at the center of design solutions. The design thinking approach has been used across the country to tackle tough and complex social issues and challenges. These collaborative design strategies are increasingly recognized as a powerful approach to crafting more effective public policies. Join Design Impact, a non-profit social innovation firm based in Cincinnati, for a hands on workshop on design thinking and application to social impact work. This session will introduce design thinking mindsets tools that attendees can begin to use in their own work.

Sarah Corlett, Director, Community Development and Strategy
Dawna Leggett, Senior Social Researcher

Session 6:

Investments in Education: Relevant Research, Thoughtful Public Policy and Support for On-the-Ground Implementation

We are all interested in making sure all children have access to a quality education. However, how do we know what the right practices are? How do we know whether education improvement policies have a strong research base? Even the best and most adequately funded policy will fall flat if there’s no support or follow-through in implementation. This session will focus on how education improvement depends on the careful balance between investments and collaborations within research, policy and practice.

Paolo DeMaria, Superintendent of Public Instruction, Ohio Department of Education
Tasha Werry, Grant Coordinator, Marietta City Schools
Josh Hawley, Director and Associate Professor, Ohio Education Research Center, The Ohio State University
3 – 3:15 p.m.


3:15 – 4:15 p.m.

Where Is the Next Generation of Women Leaders?

Our closing session features a diverse panel of women holding public office who will lead an engaging discussion on the benefits of a more representative government. Their conversation will emphasize the importance of and efforts to recruit and support more women to take on leadership roles at all levels of government.

Christina Hagan, Representative, Ohio House District 50
Paula Hicks-Hudson, Mayor, City of Toledo
Ramona Reyes, Member, Columbus City Schools Board of Education
Jo Ann Davidson, Former Speaker, Ohio House of Representatives

2017 Leadership Forum Sponsors

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The Cohen Group


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Address: 1739 N High St, Columbus, OH 43210
Phone: 614-688-4636
Website: ohiounion.osu.edu
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Guests with questions about access and accessible parking when visiting the Ohio Union should contact Adrienne Gladish at 614-247-7467 or gladish.2@osu.edu.

Disability Access Map


Ohio Union South Garage
The Ohio Union South Garage is located immediately adjacent to the north side of the building with access from High Street and College Road. This garage offers 800 visitor-only spaces, including accessible parking and main campus disability permit access.

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