Hope Taft, First Lady of Ohio, 1999-2007
I was a member of an early Leadership Ohio class and then served on the board for a few years. I found it a rewarding experience because not only did I meet people from all over the state, I learned about statewide issues and how to look at them in broader terms than from a local perspective. I had taken Leadership courses in Cincinnati and Columbus before Leadership Ohio was organized and it was a great way to tie all those experiences together, but it was not necessary to have the local background in the topics the courses covered to gain new insights from the Leadership Ohio course.Anyone interested in understanding ramifications of legislative action should be encouraged to become a member of a Leadership Ohio class. Anyone interested in a legislative career should take this class. Anyone interested in being a leader in their field or community should become a Leadership Ohio alum.
Randy Cole, EVP and Chief Solutions Officer, Ownum; Class of 2000
As a graduate of Leadership Akron and Leadership Ohio, I can share that both programs gave me great insight into industries and institutions and provided fantastic networking opportunities. However, the Leadership Ohio experience was an immersion into the culture and history of regions and communities across Ohio alongside the examination of critical statewide issues. I don’t know any other way to pick up that much perspective and knowledge over the course of a year. What a great year it was!
Tony Staubach, 4-H Editor, Ohio State University Extension, Class of 2017
The value of Leadership Ohio is found in the relationships and the networks fostered. While traveling throughout the Great State of Ohio I found myself immersed in a world of influential and inspirational leaders. Leadership Ohio galvanized my desire to work collaboratively with groups of individuals to seek a common goal. The tours, the lessons, the relationships will stay with me as I continue working toward my own goals and dreams.
Sherry Hubbard, R & D Coordinator, Energy Efficiency, AEP; Class of 2014
My experience with Leadership Ohio went above and beyond leadership training. Through the travels to cities across the state from Athens to Toledo, I learned volumes about the economic, historical and cultural assets that make up this great State. The program helped me understand not only the many ways Ohioans innovate and lead but also the challenges faced by families with few resources and gave me opportunities to contribute something in each community visited. Leadership Ohio was well worth the time invested.
Kamal Atwat, Director of IT Technical and Biomedical Engineering Services, Memorial Health System; Class of 2014
The Leadership Ohio program has been an unique leadership experience that went above and beyond a classroom, an organization or a limited geography. We discovered and examined in the field and in action the State of Ohio: Cities, leaders, organizations, economies and all the differentiated aspects that make Ohio a great state to live in, lead and serve… I recommend it to every leader who likes to build a diverse leadership network, share knowledge and make a difference.
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