Friday, Jan. 18:
'Creating Your Success Story in 2019'
Ohio Union | 9 a.m. to noon

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The start of a new year is the time many of us choose to drive change: instill good habits, stop bad ones, or take the first steps toward goals big and small. Whether these goals are in our personal lives or our work lives, it’s often difficult to separate one from the other or, more importantly, to “deselect” and prioritize.

This new year-inspired event, presented by COE’s women’s leadership committee and open to women and men, focuses on creating your “success story” for 2019 with a little help from the same problem-solving frameworks that drive and sustain change in the world of operational excellence. If you are your project in the coming year, what’s the problem you’re trying to solve? What’s standing in the way? And what countermeasures will help sustain gains?

Anchoring this session is a panel discussion with leaders from four COE member companies whose professional expertise and personal passions intersect with four key areas seen as contributing to work-life success: energy/stress management and wellness, work-life integration, community engagement, and professional development. Panelists are:

  • Megan Amaya, Director, Health Promotion & Wellness, OSU College of Nursing
  • Lynn Anderson, VP Communications, DHL Supply Chain
  • Linda Roubinek, EVP Chief Customer Interactions Office, Grange Insurance
  • Kathy Smith, VP Talent Management and Development, Nationwide

After the panel discussion and Q&A, attendee groups will debrief and collectively discuss their own strategies and goals for success in the coming year, ultimately applying an A3 problem-solving framework to a challenge that will serve as the starting point for a personal action plan. By attending this event, participants will emerge with new clarity on strategies to create good habits and sustain personal and professional progress with a little help from the world of operational excellence.

  • Agenda
    • 8 - 9 a.m. | Check-in/breakfast/networking
    • 9 - 10:10 a.m. | Panel discussion
    • 10:10 - 10:30 a.m. | Break
    • 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. | Table discussions, report-outs
    • 11:30 a.m. - noon | Q&A, wrap-up
  • Location / Parking

    Location: Ohio Union (Cartoon Room, 3rd floor), 1739 N. Nigh Street, Columbus, OH 43210

    Directions to the Ohio Union can be found here.

    We recommend parking in the South Union Garage.

Event full - join waitlist here

Friday, Feb. 8:
'Built to Last: Driving Engagement, Retention, and Growth'
The Blackwell | 10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

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  • 10:30 a.m. to noon: Engaging and Retaining Your Top Talent
    Larry Inks, Clinical Associate Professor, Fisher College of Business


Dr Larry InksWith average pay increases barely keeping ahead of inflation, companies can no longer rely on the annual salary bump as the secret weapon for retention. What truly keeps people around is a mix of intangible factors that manifest in the culture of the organization. How, then, can we as front-line contributors and managers play a role in harnessing these intangible benefits, creating a place where our people want to come and work every day?

In this keynote, award-winning Fisher College of Business Prof. Larry Inks (pictured, right) draws on his decades of leadership in corporate organizational development to offer insights on how companies can reposition culture and other "intangibles" not only as an outcome but also as a strategic lever to success in attracting, developing, and retaining top talent. This extends to:

  • Assessing and enhancing the “total reward” to employees that extends beyond the paycheck;
  • Improving hiring decisions for an optimal cultural fit; and
  • Making the most of routine performance management processes on both sides of the table.  

Attendees will emerge with new insights and strategies for driving cultural change regardless of their role in the organization. 

1 p.m.: Hiring and Retaining for Tomorrow
Teresa Smith, VP of Human Resources; Eva Birt, Manager of Talent Acquisition

nisource birt smithIn this session, two top human resources leaders at Columbia Gas parent NiSource Inc. will offer an inside look at how the organization is innovating in its efforts to hire, retain, and develop talent amid a transformative time for the energy industry. In their presentation, NiSource VP of Human Resources Teresa Smith and Manager of Talent Acquisition Eva Birt will share how the company’s hiring and retention practices are reacting to large-scale economic forces and rapid technological shifts while maintaining a culture that has been honored as one of America’s best large employers.



Save the Date ...

  • March 20, 2019: Supply Chain Symposium: The Supply Chain Impact of Tariffs
  • April 9-11: COE Summit 2019