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Leadership Forum: The Podcast

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Tune in to Leadership Forum: The Podcast, a new podcast series offering guidance and inspiration for public and nonprofit professionals. Listen as experts who have walked in your shoes share leadership tips, advice for achieving your career goals and stories about leading positive change in the world.  

The podcast advances the mission of the Glenn College and its Leadership Forum conference by supporting public service professionals who want to grow in their careers and by nurturing passion for public service throughout the year.  

POWERcast Episodes feature women leading in public and nonprofit organizations and their stories of overcoming challenges unique to women in politics and public service. 

Produced by the John Glenn College of Public Affairs at The Ohio State University.

E13: Leadership and Crisis Management

As the past city manager of Sanibel Island, Florida, Judie Zimomra has great insight into a local government’s response to and recovery from crisis. On the heels of Hurricane Ian, Zimomra shares with us ways analyses of past crises and efficient use of modern technology enable stronger preparation and response. Other considerations toward a faster recovery, she says: competent local government, solid and talented employees, and proper disaster education and information dissemination for the public.  

Related Opportunity: Battling Emotional Exhaustion: Choosing to Thrive Instead of Simply Surviving will help you address burnout, its consequences and tangible strategies you can use to mitigate emotional exhaustion to promote vitality and professional fulfillment. This Jan. 24 course through the Glenn College Management Advancement for the Public Service (MAPS) program is offered via Zoom. 

E12: Building a Culture of Professional Development

Ray Justice, administrator for learning and talent development in the Ohio’s Department of Administrative Services, knows how continuous learning — connected to employees’ passion for their particular area of public service — supports recruitment and retention. He shares tips for leaders to show their own commitment to professional development, provide their team with relevant practical applications and demonstrate the positive results to foster employee engagement and fulfillment. 

Related Opportunity: Take time to continue your own professional development at the John Glenn College of Public Affairs Leadership Forum, Oct. 27-28. Now in its 10th year, the Leadership Forum draws public and nonprofit professionals from all over the state of Ohio and beyond with the purpose of learning from local, state and national thought leaders about trends in public policy, management and leadership. 

E11: Investing in Diversity and Public Purpose

In our latest Leadership Forum: The POWERcast, Elizabeth Edwards, founder and managing partner of H Venture Partners, shares how policymakers and investors can demand that companies factor into their operations good environmental and social standards as well as diversity and transparency in governance. Brands with a strong sense of purpose tend to attract quality employees, more consumers and better supplier partnerships — and outperform other companies in investment returns. 

Related Opportunities: 

The John Glenn College of Public Affairs Leadership Forum, now in its 10th year, is the state’s premier conference for public sector professionals to join engaging conversation about current and emerging trends in leadership, public administration and public policy. 

Glenn College POWER programs provide leadership training for professionals and students who are ready to run for office, work on political campaigns and serve as leaders and advocates in their communities. 

Browse the Glenn College Management Advancement for the Public Service program course schedule and join the Nov. 30 course to study the Social Action Leadership Transformation (SALT) Model and learn how to shape organizations and communities to lead with a focus on social justice and collective action. 

E10: The Science of Leadership

As a scientist, educator and president and CEO of Columbus’ Center of Science and Industry (COSI), Frederic Bertley applies the organization’s motto — “Science is Everywhere and for Everyone” — to leadership. He meets the audience where they are to form effective connections and creates synergistic partnerships for indelible results. By following the scientific practices of achieving clarity through data, analysis and objectivity, he says, you can get to “next” in a very powerful way. 

Related Opportunity: The Glenn College Certificate in Public and Nonprofit Leadership can help you gain practical skills to lead others, build lasting relationships and demonstrate the value of your skills to employers. 

E9: Fostering Reform through Leadership

Reginald Wilkinson, former director of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, now advocates for higher education, including as an Ohio State University trustee. He discusses the parallels in any leadership position — higher education, prisons, hospitals, the military — and the responsibility to make sure anyone who enters your organization leaves better off. Tune in as he explains how leaders can influence change toward social justice.

Related Opportunity: Graduate Certificate in Criminal Justice Administration, a program offered by the John Glenn College of Public Affairs and Ohio State’s Department of Sociology for working professionals who are looking to advance their careers by attaining the necessary skills and training for administrative roles in criminal justice organizations.

E8: Anticipating and Leading Through Social Change

Transformative change in our communities requires innovative, committed leaders. In this Leadership Forum: The POWERcast, Erica Crawley, president of the Franklin County Board of Commissioners, and Elizabeth Martinez, president and CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio, share how leading with authenticity, bringing community voices to the table, finding collaborative partnerships and taking risks all result in sustainable success.

Related Opportunity: Glenn College POWER programs provide leadership training for professionals and students who are ready to run for office, work on political campaigns and serve as leaders and advocates in their communities.

E7: Four Core Keys to Navigating Bureaucracy

Irv Dennis, former CFO of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, discusses how leaders can navigate the most difficult bureaucracies to get things done. He shares the core areas — governance, people, process and technology — that leaders should evaluate to understand an organization’s strengths and weaknesses. Leveraging those findings, you can plan structural change, motivate your team, improve policies and procedures and build resources toward success.

Related Opportunity - The Certificate for Public and Nonprofit Leadership can help you gain practical skills to lead others, build lasting relationships and demonstrate the value of your skills to employers.

Apply by July 8.

New book by Irv Dennis - Transforming a Federal Agency: Management Lessons from HUD's Financial Reconstruction

E6: Advocate for Yourself, Your Team and Your Community

Experts on the gender pay gap and its impact on our communities, Barbara Smoot of Women for Economic and Leadership Development (WELD) and Ohio Rep. Monique Smith (D-Fairview Park) know the barriers in standing up for change. In this Leadership Forum: The POWERcast, these women share tips and tools to help you gain confidence — whether you’re battling daily challenges such as public speaking or leading organizational transformations, including fair pay practices. 

Related Opportunity - The Women of POWER Network Reception introduces current leaders to the next generation of women who are ready to run for public office or advocate for important causes within their communities.

Join us on May 26, 2022 for the Women of POWER Network Reception

E5: Finding Your Leadership Confidence

Kathy Sullivan learned early in her career at NASA that it was much too risky to be a “yes person” just to appease someone’s ego — passivity could lead to dangerous consequences. Her varied experiences and leadership roles have taught her that courage and confidence in our authority as leaders can change the way we communicate and, therefore, the way our team responds to us. Tune in as Sullivan discusses actions that define leadership and ways to develop an environment where everyone can blossom and work collectively toward mission success.

Related Opportunity - Leadership Certificate for Public and Nonprofit Professionals 

Deepen your self-awareness about leadership and how to lead others

E4: Strategies for Diverse, Inclusive Excellence

Tracie Ransom advocates for diversity, equity, inclusion and allyship that moves beyond performative proclamations to authentic actions. In this conversation, she divulges her expertise for leaders to strategically direct organizations to diverse, inclusive excellence. Learn about the business case for diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI); steps for strategic implementation of DEI goals; how to measure success; and how to bring your team along with you — especially in the face of opposition.

Sign up for Tracie's next course offered by the Glenn College: 
Strategic Inclusive Leadership, April 13, Virtual on Zoom

In this course, explore how diversity, when viewed and treated as a strategic business imperative rather than a nice-to-have, leads to more inclusive workplaces, stronger performing teams and a competitive advantage. 

E3: An Equation for Successful Leadership

At the Volcker Alliance, Tom Ross works to support current and aspiring public servants. Throughout his career, he has led with empathy, understanding that each of his decisions impact people and their lives. In this episode, he shares his equation for successful leadership: Be honest, gather feedback, know yourself, embrace diversity and empower the talent around you. 

Related Opportunity - Certificate in Public and Nonprofit Leadership: 

Enhance your leadership skills. The Glenn College Certificate in Public and Nonprofit Leadership can help you gain practical skills to lead others, build lasting relationships and demonstrate the value of your skills to employers. Applications are due March 25.

E2: Diverse experiences create effective women leaders

Women are impacted by the world differently. These diverse experiences help women form unique leadership styles, which are becoming more essential in public service workplaces and beyond. The inspirational Wendy Smooth and Stacy Rastauskas join Tina Pierce for our first Leadership Forum: The POWERcast, which focuses on challenges specific to women leaders. This powerful panel shares ways to find your passion and get started in public service and how they have channeled their unique experiences into leadership growth.

Related Opportunity - POWER Programs for Ohio Women Empowered to Represent: 

Leadership training for women who are ready to run for office, work on political campaigns, and serve as leaders and advocates in their communities. 

E1: Steve Stivers on Lifelong Leadership

Steve Stivers Headshot

Steve Stivers’ leadership style has evolved throughout his years as an Ohio Army National Guard soldier and major general, a congressman and now a CEO. In this conversation with Dean Brown, he shares the important leadership lessons he has learned in his career, how he guides diverse teams to win-win solutions, and critical lessons in communication from the military that help him gain and maintain trust as a leader today. 

Related Opportunity - Leadership Certificate for Veterans: 

Veterans transitioning to civilian life often need guidance in translating their military training to workplace leadership skills. Turn your military experience into civilian success.

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