Day Two - The Power of Collaboration Panel

G.T. Bynum was sworn in as the 40th mayor of Tulsa on December 5, 2016. Prior to his election as Mayor, Bynum served for eight years on the Tulsa City Council. During that time, he was elected as the youngest City Council Chairman in Tulsa history. Throughout his time in Tulsa city government, Mayor Bynum has focused on fiscal restraint, public safety, and infrastructure. 

Andrew J. Ginther was elected the 53rd mayor of the City of Columbus on Nov. 3, 2015. Mayor Ginther previously served on the Columbus City Council from 2007 to 2015, and served as president of the Council from 2011 until assuming the Office of Mayor on January 1, 2016. Under his leadership, the City of Columbus was named America’s Opportunity City, and as mayor, Mayor Ginther continues to work with community, business, faith and labor leaders to promote opportunities for every person in every neighborhood. 

Michael Coleman served as the 52nd mayor of Columbus for four terms, making him the longest-serving mayor in the city’s history. He was also the first African-American to serve as mayor of Ohio’s capital city. He now serves as director of business and government strategies for the law firm Ice Miller LLP. 

Alex Fischer is the president and CEO of the Columbus Partnership, a civic organization of top business leaders formed in 2002 to improve the economic and cultural base of central Ohio. The partnership leads the Columbus 2020 economic development effort, which is a collaboration of regional economic development organizations, and is involved with education reform efforts with Columbus City Schools.

Dr. David Harrison has served as the fifth president of Columbus State Community College since July 2010. With more than 25,000 students, Columbus State is one of the largest and most comprehensive colleges in Ohio. Dr. Harrison took a lead role in establishing both the Preferred Pathway program, which guarantees admission to Ohio State for Columbus State graduates, and the Central Ohio Compact, a regional strategy among K-12 and higher education leaders to help more students succeed in college and the workplace.


Day Two - Collaboration in Action: Education & Workforce Panel

Dr. Leigh Goodson has served as the fourth president and chief executive officer of Tulsa Community College since May 2014. A Tulsa native, she has worked in higher education most of her professional career, previously serving in numerous roles at Oklahoma State University.

 Dr. David Harrison has served as the fifth president of Columbus State Community College since July 2010. With more than 25,000 students, Columbus State is one of the largest and most comprehensive colleges in Ohio. Dr. Harrison took a lead role in establishing both the Preferred Pathway program, which guarantees admission to Ohio State for Columbus State graduates, and the Central Ohio Compact, a regional strategy among K-12 and higher education leaders to help more students succeed in college and the workplace.

Todd Warner is the executive in residence for workforce innovation at Columbus State Community College. He is responsible for building relationships with employers that support matching a qualified workforce to their needs while developing educational opportunities for their incumbent workforce.

Sherry Minton is the director of career articulation at Columbus State Community College.

Scot McLemore is the technical workforce development manager for Honda North America, Inc. He is responsible for strategy development of Honda’s future technical workforce. His career at Honda spans nearly three decades.


Day Two - The Power of Big Ideas

Alex Bandar is the founder and chief mischief-maker of the Columbus Idea Foundry. While his daily responsibilities are to guide the mission and direction of the Idea Foundry, his true calling is uniting people with a shared passion for making. From human bowling to the creation of a multifaceted collaborative environment for exploring, learning and making, Alex Bandar is the big idea man.


Day Two - Big Ideas in Action: Education, Economic Development and Branding Panel

Eddie Pauline is the director of business development for the corporate engagement office at The Ohio State University. He is responsible for creating mutually beneficial relationships between the university and corporate partners that lead to increased revenue and opportunities for both parties. He works to generate, implement, and manage economic development and corporate partnership plans to deliver planned outcomes and results with the goal of making a positive impact to the university and the greater community.

Wayne Embree is the executive vice president, investments and venture acceleration, of Rev1 Ventures. He ensures that Rev1’s venture development and investment teams have everything they need to help entrepreneurs build great companies. Wayne draws upon three decades of experience as an entrepreneur, investor, board member, and mentor. He has a BS in Natural Sciences from Western Oregon and an MS in Urban Planning from the University of Oregon. 

Brian Ross is the president and CEO of Experience Columbus, the Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau. He has more than 20 years of experience in the hospitality business, working for Hyatt Hotels and Resorts before joining Experience Columbus in 2007.


Day Three - The Power of Diversity Panel

Julie Davis is the CEO of the YWCA of Tulsa. She assumed this role in September 2017, having previously served as associate director of Up With Trees and a community development manager for the American Cancer Society. YWCA Tulsa is dedicated to empowering women and eliminating racism while standing up for social justice, helping families and strengthening communities. Each year the agency has an impact on more than 25,000 individuals through direct service programs.

Shelly Beiting is the executive director of the Columbus Women’s Commission. She has more than 15 years of experience in public health and non-profit leadership. She has a passion for advocacy and for removing barriers in the community through working collaboratively to strengthen the community and City of Columbus. She has a strong skill set in convening and facilitating conversations that help the City explore and identify where the administration can place its efforts to promote equity in the community.

Shannon Ginther is the chair of the Columbus Women’s Commission. She knew she had an opportunity to help improve the city when her husband, Andrew J. Ginther, was elected the 53rd Mayor of the City of Columbus. But instead of choosing multiple projects on which to focus, she chose one: advancing the economic well being of Columbus’ women. The Commission is working to create positive change in four areas: health and nutrition, housing, workforce and education, and pay equity.

Holly Gross is the vice president of government relations for the Columbus Chamber. As an attorney, she finds creative ways to help member businesses better understand critical policy issues, foster relationships with elected officials, and provide resources to ensure business success. She works to unify the voices of the greater Columbus business community.

Christie Angel is the president and CEO of YWCA Columbus. She has nearly 30 years of expertise in the areas of economic development, public infrastructure, housing and grants management, philanthropy, health and human services, and government procurement.


Day Three - The Power of Mobility Panel

Kian Kamas is the chief of economic development for the City of Tulsa. She is responsible for leading the city’s comprehensive economic development strategies aimed at adding jobs and growing the workforce. She holds a Master of Science in Comparative Public Policy from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Oklahoma and is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma’s Economic Development Institute.

Brandi Braun is the deputy innovation officer for the City of Columbus, where she leads external affairs, government relations, communications and strategic planning efforts for Smart Columbus. Brandi also helps lead enterprise-wide innovation strategies aimed at improving efficiency and effectiveness throughout the city.

Mark Patton is the vice president of Smart Cities for the Columbus Partnership. Prior to joining the Partnership, Mark was the president of FactGem, a data analytics platform for customer intelligence. Mark is a native of the West Coast and moved to Ohio five years ago to help establish JobsOhio, where he was the Senior Managing Director, focused on several key industries including information technology, consumer products, headquarters and logistics.

Michael Carroll is the chief information officer for the Central Ohio Transit Authority. He has more than 30 years of technology, strategic planning, change management and organizational improvement experience in companies ranging from Fortune 100 to small, startup ventures and across a multitude of industries.

William Murdock is the executive director of the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC), a voluntary association of more than 60 Central Ohio local governments and regional organizations serving the fastest-growing region in Ohio. As executive director, Murdock oversees innovative planning, services, and policies in transportation, energy, housing, land use, environment, and data.