Who attends?


Local, state and federal government staff


Associates who partner with public groups

Higher Education

Professors, researchers and students


8 - 9 a.m.

Registration and Breakfast

9 – 10:15 a.m.

Conference Welcome

Trevor Brown, Dean, John Glenn College of Public Affairs

Discussion: The Future of Public Service and Leadership

Tom Ross, President, Volcker Alliance
Moderated by Dean Trevor Brown
10:30 – 11:45 a.m.

Breakout Sessions

Striking Balance: Criminal Justice Reform in Ohio

Efforts to reform the criminal justice system are gaining new momentum across the country, including right here in Ohio. This panel will feature a discussion on the driving forces behind this momentum, and an overview of statewide reform efforts that are underway. Expert panelists will provide attendees with each of their unique perspectives on the challenges and opportunities in striking the right balance among public safety, fiscal prudence, recompense and social justice.

Moderator: Fritz Rauschenberg

Missing! Health and Human Services Workforce

As older adults retire from service-oriented jobs, the health and human service sector is losing workforce capacity at alarming rates. In addition to the workforce shortages, a good overall economy, low wages in these fields, and less attractive benefits are contributing to the crisis of capacity in these critically needed fields. What can be done to reverse the trend and recruit this vital workforce? What is the role of technology in helping to fill some of this need? What does this mean for public managers and governance? What does it mean for the people who are being served? Our panelists will share their expertise to help us answer some of these important questions.

Moderator: Amy Rohling McGee, President, Health Policy Institute of Ohio
  • Jeff Davis, Director, Department of Developmental Disabilities
  • Teresa Lampl, CEO, The Ohio Council of Behavioral Health and Family Services Providers
  • Department of Higher Education representative, Health Care Workforce Taskforce

Big Data: Big Difference

Come and learn about how the state of Ohio is using data to make a difference in the lives of Ohioans. The recently launched InnovateOhio platform will allow the state to take advantage of advancements in technology to harness the power of data to improve programs and services and change lives. Learn about a big data project that is helping to inform the complex problem of infant mortality, as well as other promising projects and initiatives that this technology can enable.

Moderator: Eric Russell, Senior Manager, Crowe LLP
  • Derek Bridges, Chief Data Analytics Officer, State of Ohio
  • Brian Fowler, Chief Data Officer and Chief of the Bureau of Informatics and Data Management, Ohio Department of Health

Medical Cannabis: Employer anxiety or no legal buzz necessary?

The panel will discuss the industry’s current employment and management challenges in Ohio workplaces as the usage of medical cannabis increases. As drug-free workplace policies are challenged, employers may need to re-examine their policies for modifications under Ohio law. Whether you are an employer or an employee approved for medical cannabis use, this session will provide key insight into implications for hiring, liability and, insurance

Moderator: Jennifer Robinson, Director of Human Resources and Customer Service, Franklin County Public Health
11:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Fuel Up Stations & Networking

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 Opportunities – Learn about degrees, certificates, trainings, and other professional development opportunities offered by the John Glenn College of Public Affairs.
12:15 – 1:30 p.m.

Luncheon Session

Keynote: Dr. Amy Acton, Director, Ohio Department of Health

Glenn College Alumni Awards

We will recognize the 2019 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.
1:45 – 3 p.m.

Breakout Sessions

Human Trafficking: It Happens Here

Human trafficking is a tragic crime, defined by the nonprofit Polaris Project, as “the business of stealing freedom for profit.” Traffickers prey upon vulnerable populations through sex and/or labor trafficking. A recent study conducted by the University of Cincinnati, on the prevalence of human trafficking in Ohio, identified 1,032 juvenile human trafficking victims and 4,209 youth who were at-risk for trafficking victimization between 2014 and 2016. Panelists in this session will explain what human trafficking is, how it happens, and who is at risk of victimization through trafficking. They will also provide an overview of how traffickers lure victims and describe recovery programs and support services for rescued victims. Finally, a policymaker will discuss Ohio efforts to shape policy to address this issue - both what has happened historically and what still needs to happen going forward.

Moderator: Dr. Jacquelyn C.A. Meshelemiah

Investing in our children: the future of school funding in Ohio

School funding has long been at the center of budget and policy debate in Ohio, and 2019 has proved to be no different. As families and communities seek equity, access and quality in our children's education, policymakers weigh the best funding and governance models to achieve these goals. This panel will feature experts in education policy and their reflections on our state's quest to adequately fund our schools and ensure a bright future for all of Ohio’s children.

Moderator: Barb Shaner, advocacy specialist, Ohio Association of School Business Officers


Public sector organizations must reimagine and recreate cultures that attract the next generation of leaders. In this session, we will debunk some myths surround millennials and generation Z workers by providing research that shows what they truly want in an employer. This session will also address ways to think differently about recruiting, retention and workplace culture in the public sector.

Moderator: Brandi Braun, Manager, Deloitte

3:15 – 4:15 p.m.

Closing Session

Disinformation in the Digital Age: Is Fake News Winning?

Disinformation – the purposeful spread of false or misleading information — is an ancient phenomenon but has exploded in recent years thanks to modern technologies and social media. Reality increasingly is being distorted by fake videos, fake people and cries of “fake news.” What are the consequences for our society of the rising tide of disinformation? What particular challenges do disinformation and “fake news” present to leaders of organizations devoted to public policy? What practical steps can public practitioners take against disinformation about their organizations and operations? Can anything be done to fight fakes without endangering our fundamental values including freedom of speech? What will happen if we fail to rein in disinformation?

Moderator: Nicole Kraft, Associate Professor of Clinical Communication, School of Communication, director of Ohio State’s Sports and Society Initiative
Panelist: Jeffrey Trimble, Lecturer, School of Communication and Department of Political Science, The Ohio State University


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