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 & 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 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 of the driving forces behind this momentum and an overview of statewide reform efforts 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
  • Denise Robinson, President & CEO - Alvis
  • Zach Klein, Attorney, Columbus City
  • Annette Chambers Smith, Director, ODRC
  • Ron O’Brien, County Prosecutor

The Workforce Tsunami in Health and Human Services

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, Interim CEO, The Ohio Council of Behavioral Health and Family Services Providers

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
  • Brian Fowler, Chief Data Officer,Ohio Department of Health
  • Derek Bridges, Innovate Ohio

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, the panel discussion will provide key insight into implications for hiring, liability and, insurance issues. 

  • Chad Blackham, Associate, Mac Murray & Shuster LLP
  • Dr. Joel Simmons, Columbus Marijuana Doctor, Ohio Herbal Clinic
  • Michel Jendreyzky, Attorney- Newhouse, Prophater, Kolman & Hogan, LLC
  • Juanita Brent, House Representative Ohio 12th District
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.
12:15 – 1:30 p.m.

Luncheon Session

Keynote: Dr. Amy Acton, Director, the 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.

1:35 – 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
  • Bryttani Debro, Anti-Human Trafficking Program Coordinator, Salvation Army
  • Senator Teresa Fedor

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
  • Dr. Howard Fleeter, Howard Fleeter & Associates
  • Thomas Perkins, Superintendent, Northern Local Schools


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
  • Olivia Adkins, Digital Content Specialist, Ohio Women’s Alliance
  • Kristen Treadway, Director, Employment Services, Columbus State Community College
  • Sandra Kellam, Director, Human Resources, Ohio Department of Commerce
  • Danny O’Connor, County Recorder

Teaching and Training Public Sector Professionals: Does It Deliver Better Government?

There are close to 300 U.S. universities accredited to teach and train public sector professionals, and the number of programs is increasing around the globe. Thousands of students graduate each year with new skills in leadership, public management, policy analysis, research methods, and public budgeting to tackle the challenges of designing impactful public policies and running effective public sector programs. Is this a worthy investment? Does teaching and training public sector professionals delivery better government? Join a panel of current and former deans and directors of schools of public affairs and administration, all with Ohio State ties, to learn of the impact of educating public sector professionals on the quality of government programs and services.

Moderator: Trevor Brown
3:15– 4:15 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


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