Leadership Ohio Announces New Executive Director

For Immediate Release

Columbus, January 15, 2019 – Leadership Ohio today announced Dr. Lisa Duty as its new executive director.

“We are really excited to have Lisa in this role for Leadership Ohio,” said Board President Todd Kleismit. “Lisa is an innovative, creative talent that will help Leadership Ohio build the strongest experiential leadership program possible.” 

The program cultivates transformative statewide leadership development experiences that elevate leaders’ knowledge, perspective, and connections from a community to a statewide level. Leadership Ohio is currently accepting nominations for its 2019 class, which begins in April.

As Executive Director of Leadership Ohio, Duty is focused on inspiring action and innovation in service to the state. A lifelong advocate of learning and inspired citizenship, Duty received her Ph.D. in Global Education from The Ohio State University with cognates in Democratization and Education Transformation. 

In addition to her leading role with Leadership Ohio, she is the Founder of Innovation Partners America, a national education and nonprofit consultancy that has helped launch game changing nonprofits like Imagine Worldwide and counseled global start-ups like Teach the World Foundation. Prior to Innovation Partners, Duty was a Founding Partner at The Learning Accelerator, Senior Director of Innovation at KnowledgeWorks and an adjunct faculty member at The Ohio State University’s (OSU) College of Education and Human Ecology. 

Leadership Ohio’s Board of Trustees, many of whom are graduates of Leadership Ohio, have leadership knowledge, skills, and experiences ranging from federal and state governments to the Pentagon, and publicly traded companies on the NYSE -- and across sectors such as genetics, history, aviation, energy, law and aerospace engineering. 

Nominations for Leadership Ohio Class of 2019 are currently open. Kleismit notes interested individuals can seek nomination from a Trustee, alumni, or directly from the Executive Director by contacting leadershipOH@gmail.com

Leadership Ohio Class of 2018

The Leadership Ohio Class of 2018 wrapped up a powerful year in Cleveland in November. Congratulations to this year's class! Special congrats to Wright Patterson AFB Col. Thomas Sherman whom the class selected as "Most Inspirational,” and to Andrew Mangels on being selected as this year's "Leader Among Leaders.”

Nominations for the Class of 2019 are currently open.

Col. Thomas Sherman 2018 “Most Inspirational”

Col. Thomas Sherman 2018 “Most Inspirational”

Andrew Mangels 2018 "Leader Among Leaders”

Andrew Mangels 2018 "Leader Among Leaders”

Leadership Ohio Class of 2018

Leadership Ohio Class of 2018

Kleismit is passionate advocate for Leadership Ohio

Todd Kleismit is a 2013 graduate of Leadership Ohio and has been a passionate advocate for it ever since. He now serves as the board president and loves it because the mission of Leadership Ohio matches up so well with his job as director of community and government relations for the Ohio History Connection. Todd is an Army veteran of Operation Desert Storm who returned back to Ohio to pursue college and a career that has included jobs in the private sector, the Ohio Senate, U.S. House of Representatives and the nonprofit world. Todd loves both Ohio and its history. He enjoys traveling the state, making connections through Leadership Ohio – always adopting the leadership mindset of the student, asking meaningful questions.

2018 Class has early introduction to 2018 MOV Entrepreneur of the Year

Leadership Ohio Class 2018 already was aware of the great leadership story of Linday Biehl, President/Owner of Wildroot Flower Farm when she was recently announced as the 2018 Mid-Ohio Valley Entrepreneur of the Year. The class joined her at the farm in June where she broadened their perspective and context about leadership and the defining questions that she navigates daily and which shape her business operations. Wildroot is located on 27 acres in the rolling hills of southeast Ohio. They grow specialty cut flowers, using sustainable growing techniques. The farm offers it flowers though seasonal CSAs,  local farmer’s markets, or custom design services. In addition, it offers workshops and holiday design services. Wildroot is a working farm. #wildrootflowers