Leadership Ohio names new class, full of southwestern Ohio leaders

Leadership Ohio has selected a new class — with nine of its 43 participants residing or working in southwestern Ohio, the largest local cohort organizers can ever recall.

“This is an outstanding cadre of highly talented and accomplished fellows,” said Nan Baker, Leadership Ohio’s board president. “We are thrilled to welcome this diverse group during our 30th anniversary year, which will be intentionally focused on collaboration and impact.”

Each participant was nominated and completed a competitive application process to be considered for the class. The fellows come from various backgrounds and communities, with leaders working in innovation and business, state reform, education and more. They will engage in programming across the state from April through November, and the curriculum and experience will provide a thoughtful opportunity for different perspectives and backgrounds to come together to learn and grow.

“I’m honored to welcome these remarkably visionary and inspiring individuals,” said Dr. Lisa Duty, executive director, Leadership Ohio. “They are now part of a growing network of changemakers and catalysts who are building stronger communities and a stronger Ohio.”

The local participants are:

  • Clare Zlatic Blankemeyer, executive director, GreenLight Fund Cincinnati
  • Melissa Currence, ommunications manager, Procter & Gamble, North America, P&G Professional
  • Cathy Bailey, executive director, Greater Cincinnati Water Works
  • Dr. Angela Rivers-Harper, programs director, Dress for Success
  • Rayshun Holt, Beacon of Hope program director, Cincinnati Works
  • Dr. Whitney Gaskins, founder, The Gaskins Foundation, and assistant dean, University of Cincinnati
  • Michele Young, partner, Michele L. Young Co., and of counsel, Gregory S. Young Co., LPA
  • Meredith Whitehead, program manager-strategic initiatives, Federal Reserve Bank
  • Meghan Cummings, VP civic advancement, Greater Cincinnati Foundation

Leadership Ohio’s Alumni go on to occupy positions of influence in leading companies, key government agencies, elected offices, commissions and Ohio’s boardrooms. For more information about the whole class, go to https://www.leadershipohio.org/news/2022/3/12/leadership-ohio-announces-30th-anniversary-class-of-fellows-for-2022.


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