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The state’s premier conference for public sector professionals is now virtual – and free of charge!

2020 has been a year of unprecedented challenges. Refuel from home and recharge for the year ahead with engaging programming that offers solutions to issues impacting communities large and small. Keynote and breakout speakers will expand upon the public policy landscape through inspiring stories of service and case studies backed by data and resources.

Join us for a day of energizing professional development, refreshing conversation and a celebration of service. Click below to register, and your confirmation email will have a link to join the conference.

Friday, October 30

2020 Virtual Event: Free of charge

($160 value)

Who Attends?

  • Government: Local, state and federal government staff

  • Nonprofits: Associates who partner with public groups

  • Higher Education: Professors, researchers and students

Additional Program Benefits

  • Sessions will be recorded and available to attendees after the conference.

  • Registration will include a discount on upcoming MAPS courses.

  • Virtual networking rooms allow participants to connect on shared experiences.

  • Alumni Awards will be presented at keynote sessions.


2020 Leadership Forum Agenda

9 – 10 a.m. Conference Welcome and Keynote Speaker
Leadership in Times of Crisis

Presented by the State of Ohio Leadership Institute

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Nan Whaley, Mayor, City of Dayton

Moderated by Dean Trevor Brown

Leadership of our elected officials is vital during a crisis. Citizens look to government leaders to guide communities through times of uncertainty. In just a one-year period, the city of Dayton, Ohio, faced tornadoes, a mass shooting and mass pandemic. These events have put Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley at the forefront of the region’s efforts to respond and recover. Dean Trevor Brown will talk with Mayor Whaley about leadership lessons learned and the importance of trust, resiliency and empathy in times of crisis.

10 – 10:15 a.m. Networking Break

Networking will take place in open Zoom rooms.

10:15 – 11:15 a.m. Breakout Sessions

Data tells the story. People and communities live it. From poverty and justice system involvement to educational attainment and chronic disease, people and communities of color are disproportionately affected by systemic challenges that limit individual and community potential. When those challenges become global, such as with the COVID-19 emergency, these disparities are worsened and magnified.

This panel will educate attendees on the historic roots of racial inequities, and outline how these inequities persist in present-day policies and institutions. The session serves to highlight county approaches to a gradual untangling of this history, and ways of dismantling the harmful systems and policies that stand in the way of individual opportunity. Panelists will specifically share what it means to "operationalize" equity in policy, how to measure progress in doing so and how public sector leaders can apply these practices within their own organizations.


Darrick Hamilton - Executive Director, Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity

Joy Bivens - Deputy County Administrator for Health and Human Services

How do data modelers and public health decision makers connect to inform policy and practice, and to better prepare for health emergencies?

Panelists will address using data to build more accurate predictive models to better forecast epidemics, and discuss the ways experts monitor the epidemiological landscape as diseases emerge and conditions shift. Learn how data is mined to build these models and how findings are shared and translated to policy makers. In addition, hear from panelists about innovations in the field of health policy that are a result of the pandemic and have improved our ability to share data, inform model development, and inform practitioners and policy makers.


Sam Malloy, Research Scientist, Battelle Center for Science, Engineering, and Public Policy


Ayaz Hyder, Assistant Professor, The Ohio State University College of Public Health

Greg Rempala, Professor, The Ohio State University College of Public Health

11:15 – 11:30 a.m. Networking Break

Networking will take place in open Zoom rooms.

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Keynote Speaker
Election Security - Is Ohio Ready?

Frank LaRose, Ohio Secretary of State

Moderated by Dean Trevor Brown

Voting this fall will look like no election before due to COVID-19. The general election is anticipated to be the biggest in Ohio’s history, and virus concerns will prompt many Ohioans to vote by mail. Is Ohio ready? Dean Trevor Brown will talk with Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose about steps the state is taking to ensure absentee ballots are submitted securely and on time.

12:30 – 1 p.m. Networking Break

Networking will take place in open Zoom rooms.

1:00 – 2 p.m. Breakout Sessions

The global pandemic and ensuing economic crisis give rise to fundamental questions regarding budgeting as a process for allocating public money. Controlling costs and reducing spending are the easiest ways for public entities to quickly adjust to an unplanned economic downturn. This session will explore the impact of a crisis on budgeting. How does budgeting shape, or fail to shape, emergency revenue and spending actions? Are organization’s budgets engineered to respond to shifts in economic conditions and how are they affected by major changes in the economic environment? Panelists will discuss various creative strategies that generate additional resources through expense reduction, re-financing and other methods.


Bill Shkurti, former Vice President for Business and Finance, The Ohio State University


Kim Murnieks, Director, State of Ohio Office of Budget and Management

Kenneth Wilson, County Administrator, Franklin County

As artificial intelligence (AI) and big data become universally integrated into our public and private lives, leaders in government and nonprofits alike must understand how these tools can drive change. Whether it's through machine learning, artificial neural networks, or natural language processing, AI is leveraging data to tackle a myriad of issues. However, leaders must equally weigh transparency and access to ensure proper implementation. This session will explore the evolving role of AI, big data and advanced analytics in the public and nonprofit sectors, along with the considerations leaders must make in cooperatively harnessing this technology to advance the public good. Panelists will highlight real-world administrative and executive actions derived from utilizing AI and offer guidance on how to leverage AI and big data in the public and nonprofit sectors.


Erin Joyce, Associate Director, Ohio Education Research Center


Julia Lane, Professor, NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service

Alex Kotran, Co-Founder and President, The American AI Forum

2 - 2:15 p.m. Networking Break

Networking will take place in open Zoom rooms.

2:15 – 3:15 p.m. Breakout Sessions

The Federal Government provides billions of dollars in grants every year to states, local governments, nonprofit organizations and commercial entities. In addition to federal funding, states also provide grants across a myriad of sectors and services. These dollars contribute to everything from drug development and education to advanced robotics research and environmental studies. While the private sector relies on the market to drive R&D spending, governments have the responsibility and privilege to facilitate research in pursuit of furthering knowledge and human flourishing. In this session, you will hear from experts in government, nonprofits and industry about how each fits into the broader process as it relates to government grants. In addition, panelists will provide information regarding grant application strategies, how to incorporate quality control and compliance into grant applications, and steps taken to avoid having to repay funds.


Stacie Massey, Senior Financial Manager, Ohio Office of Budget and Management

Aaron Rausch, Director, Budget and School Funding, Ohio Department of Education

Brian Jones, Director, Federal and State Grants Management, Ohio Department of Education

Reliable internet has become a necessary tool of life, giving residents a wide range of options from paying bills to working and learning from home. The pandemic highlighted the importance of reliable internet access as a necessity for children to continue school and some adults to maintain employment. This panel will discuss whether the internet should be treated the same way as the telephone system in the early 20th century, guaranteeing access to all.


Dana McDaniel, City Manager, City of Dublin


Misty Crosby, Executive Director, Buckeye Hills Regional Council

Gregory Dunn, Partner, Telecommunications and Public Utility Law, Ice Miller LLP

Rick Carfagna, State Representative, Ohio House of Representatives

3:15 – 3:30 p.m. Networking Break

Networking will take place in open Zoom rooms.

3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Closing Session

In this era of super Political Action Committees (PACs) and dark money groups, illuminating the role of money in politics has never been more vital to ensuring accountability in governance and the integrity of democracy. With the criminal indictment of its former Speaker of the House, Ohio has been thrust into the national spotlight and is presented with the unique opportunity to address the growing influence of dark money in its politics, and set precedent for other states to follow. However, leaders must first understand the current role money plays in the modern political system. Specifically, who gets it, why and the nature of its influence. Furthermore, as money continues flooding politics, how can the public best act as a backstop against the potential for political graft and corruption in our evolving world?


Catherine Turcer, Executive Director, Common Cause Ohio

Jen Miller, Executive Director, League of Women Voters


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