In October, the 2018 class explored leadership through the eyes of Commander, LT Colonel Travis Adkins and Hank Kennedy, Director-Plant Operations at the Joint Systems Manufacturing Center. They explored manufacturing process innovations that are being developed for the U.S. military, and deployed around the globe.
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.
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