Who attends?


Local, state and federal government staff


Associates who partner with public groups

Higher Education

Professors, researchers and students

Take a look at last year's agenda

8 - 9 a.m. Performance Hall

Registration and Continental Breakfast

9 – 9:15 a.m. Performance Hall

Conference Welcome

Trevor Brown, Dean, John Glenn College of Public Affairs
Kelly Des Roches, President, Glenn College Alumni Society
9:15 – 10 a.m. Performance Hall

Morning Keynote Session

Entrepreneurial Leadership—Building Communities through Economic Inclusion

Christopher Gergen, CEO/President, Forward Cities
10 – 10:45 a.m.

Break and Fuel Up Stations

We’ve 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 two Fuel Up stations.

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

Portrait Studio – Update your online photo with a professional portrait. Portraits will be available on the Glenn College Flickr site shortly after the conference.

Professional Development and Advanced Degree – Find out more about training seminars, certificate programs and advanced degree options at the John Glenn College of Public Affairs.
10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.   Morning Breakout Sessions

Session 1: Great Hall Meeting Room 1

Census 2020 and Why it Matters

Ohio needs an accurate, reliable and fair count to ensure Ohio has adequate federal funding for education, health care, housing and food. This session will help community and business leaders learn how to use census data to address emerging social service, business and infrastructure needs.

  • Steve Kelley, Senior Economist, Office of Research, Ohio Development Services Agency
  • Nikol Miller, Community Relations Manager, Greater Dayton RTA
  • Aaron Schill, Director, Regional Data and Mapping, Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission
  • Rose Simmons, Partnership & Data Services Specialist, U.S. Census Bureau
Joshua Hawley Associate Professor, Director, Ohio Education Research Center, The Ohio State University

Session 2: Great Hall Meeting Room 2

Harassment in the Workplace: What Every Manager Needs to Know to Protect

A frank discussion on harassment in the workplace with case studies presented. What are the consequences for managers when they don't handle these situations appropriately? What is the risk?

  • Jennifer Anne Adair, Equal Employment Opportunity Program Manager, Ohio Department of Administrative Services
  • Marilyn McClure-Demers, Vice President and Associate General Counsel, Office of the Chief Legal Officer, Nationwide

Session 3: Great Hall Metting Room 3

The Invisible Victims of the Opioid Epidemic – Children

Children of parents addicted to opiates are flooding into the state’s beleaguered child protection system. These children are the invisible victims of the epidemic--what is the long-term impact for them? What challenges does Ohio’s child protection system, as well as behavioral health system and schools face as a result of this crisis?

  • Sarah LaTourette, Representative, 76th District, Ohio House of Representatives
  • Jim Mermis, Managing Partner, Junto Company, LTD
  • Angela Sausser, Executive Director, Public Children Services Association of Ohio
Susan Lewis Kaylor, President/CEO, St. Vincent Family Center
12:00 – 1:45 p.m. Performance Hall

Glenn College Alumni Awards

We will recognize the 2018 recipients of the Glenn College Alumni Awards.

  • The Distinguished Alumni Award for Career Achievement honors alumni whose work and contributions have been recognized as outstanding in their fields.
  • The Young Alumni Achievement Award recognizes alumni, 35 years old and younger, who have demonstrated distinctive achievement in a career or civic involvement or both.
  • The Outstanding Alumni Service Award recognizes exemplary leadership and service to the John Glenn College of Public Affairs, its faculty, students, staff and alumni or programs.

Luncheon Session

Justice Evelyn Lundberg Stratton, Retired, Supreme Court of Ohio

1:45 – 2 p.m. Break
2 – 3:15 p.m. Afternoon Breakout Sessions

Session 4: Great Hall Meeting Room 1

Crisis Communications 101 for Managers

Crisis communication plans are critical in executing appropriate responses and preparing organizations to manage a crisis. Communication is key with internal and external stakeholders and possibly engaging multiple organizations from many jurisdictions and levels of government. How will you and your organization respond to a crisis? What does it take to build a solid crisis communications plan? What creative approaches are leaders using to enhance communication plans to manage their organization’s reputational risk?

  • Bob Armstrong, Director of Emergency Management, The Ohio State University
  • Katie Halberg, Director of Social Media, Wright State University
  • Alicia Shoults, Marketing and Public Relations Director, Ohio Expo Center & State Fair
  • Megan Shroy, President, Approach Marketing
Kimber Perfect, Deputy Chief of Staff for Communications, Office of Mayor Andrew J. Ginther

Session 5: Great Hall Meeting Room 3

Rebuilding the American Dream: Middle Class Jobs, Incomes and Stability

This session will shed light on the state of the American middle class and highlight the factors that have led to the erosion of the American dream of middle class stability and the opportunity for upward mobility. What strategies and policies can be pursued to stabilize and grow the American middle class for future generations?

  • Salman Ahmed, Senior Fellow, Carnegie Endowment for Peace
  • Bill Shkurti, Distinguished Adjunct Professor, John Glenn College of Public Affairs
Fran Stewart, Senior Research Fellow, Ohio Manufacturing Institute at The Ohio State University

Session 6: Great Hall Meeting Room 2

Hyperloop – High Speed or High Hope?

High-speed, cost-effective intercity freight and passenger service would be a great asset for Ohio. Hyperloop touts faster, more frequent freight shipments and easier, more efficient consumer travel at greater speeds than air travel between four Midwest states, with Chicago, Pittsburgh, and Columbus hubs. Critics, though, feel it circumvents key funding to other public wants such as healthcare or entertainment. Is it worth it?

Brandi Braun, Deputy Innovation Officer, City of Columbus

3:15 – 3:30 p.m. Break
3:30 – 4:30 p.m. U.S. Bank Conference Theater

Closing Session

Snollygoster Live

A WOSU Public Media podcast, Snollygoster takes an in-depth look at politics in Ohio. Each week the hosts dig into the top political stories in Columbus and across Ohio and also explore national stories that impact the state by talking with politicians, reporters and other news-makers. (In case you're wondering, a "snollygoster" is a shrewd and unprincipled politician.) Listen to Snollygoster on the WOSU Public Media mobile app, in iTunes, or wherever you get your podcasts.

  • Mike Thompson, Chief Content Director, News and Public Affairs, WOSU Public Media
  • Steve Brown, News Morning Anchor and Managing Editor, WOSU Public Media

Thank you to all of the 2018 sponsors

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Crowe LLP logo
OCCH logo
workforce logo
DCF logo
CCAO logo
Columbus 2020 logo
Gongwer logo
Impact Ohio logo
Metcalf & Associates logo
OPRA logo
The Cohen Group logo


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Phone: 614-688-4636
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Disability Access Map


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