Professional and Executive Leadership Series offers Innovative Strategies to Lead in Today’s Complex Environment

The George V. Voinovich Academy for Excellence in Public Service, in partnership with the College of Health Sciences and Professions, are offering an upcoming installment of their Professional and Executive Leadership Series, Innovative Strategies to Lead in Today’s Complex Environment. Presented on May 15, 2019 from 9 – 4 p.m. at Ohio University’s Dublin Center, the conference features interactive sessions focused on the skills needed to successfully lead in today’s complex environment.

Breakout sessions include talent management and succession planning, organizational leadership and team building, professional presences in communication and peer coaching. Dr. Adam Rapp, Professor of Sales at Ohio University will offer a new perspective on managing and interacting with the Millennial generation in his keynote session. Additionally, Eileen M. Sheil, MPA, Executive Director of Corporate Communications for the Cleveland Clinic will talk about organizational media relations and crisis management.

Continuing education contact hours will be offered. Cost of registration is $195 for the day, including lunch, with the registration deadline of May 6, 2019. To register, visit For more information, see the attached flyer or email

Voinovich Alumni Society offers Saturday Symposium to prepare students for workforce

The Voinovich School Alumni Society will host its annual Saturday Symposium on March 30, featuring panels and a resume workshop to help students gain the knowledge and skills to enter the workforce.

The event, which will be held in collaboration with the African Studies Alumni Network and Global Leadership Center, will feature a keynote presentation from Dr. Winsome Chunnu-Brayda, the director of the Ohio University Multicultural Center.

The Saturday Symposium will take place on March 30 in Baker Center, from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Sessions include the following:

  • Making an Impression: Interviewing and Networking
  • Working in the U.S.
  • Resume Workshop

RSVP to the event here, or visit the event’s Facebook page here for more information.

Ohio’s solar energy supporters meet for Solar Congress

The Third Annual Ohio Solar Congress took place at Ohio University on Saturday, March 10, and over 150 attendees gathered to meet and discuss the future of solar energy. Held in partnership with the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs, the program included speakers, panel discussions, technology showcases, tours, and information sessions.

The free event, sponsored by Third Sun Solar and YellowLite Solar, kicked off with opening remarks from Luke Sulfridge, Program Director for Solar United Neighbors of Ohio. Sulfridge discussed the progress Ohio has made in adapting to solar energy and what lies ahead for the industry. Geoff Dabelko, Voinovich School Associate Dean, welcomed attendees to campus and discussed opportunities for solar energy in the southeast Ohio region.

To read the full article, visit Solar United Neighbors.

OHIO earns 2018 Climate Innovation Award

Ohio University has earned an “Honorable Mention” for Climate Innovation in the 2018 Climate Leadership Awards’ four-year institution category by Second Nature.

Ohio University is just one of eight institutions to be honored by Second Nature, an organization committed to accelerating climate action in, and through, higher education. The University’s award will be presented later this month during Second Nature’s 2019 Higher Education Climate Leadership Summit in Tempe, Ariz.

OHIO’s recognition was based on a combination of University initiatives, innovation efforts and support and collaboration with other organizations.

“Ohio University remains focused on serving as a national leader in sustainability, both through our internal efforts and through our partnerships with others,” Ohio University President M. Duane Nellis said. “I look forward to working collectively with OHIO’s Office of Sustainability and the rest of the campus community as we continue down our path to becoming a zero carbon footprint campus.”

Ohio University, in alignment with President Nellis’ strategic pathways, recently launched a new Sustainability Committee as part of a major sustainability restructuring in October 2018.

The new committee will utilize Sustainable Living, Sustainable Administration and Sustainable Infrastructure Hubs to better integrate OHIO’s operational and academic sustainability efforts. Each Hub will include student, faculty, staff and community participants in engagement ecosystems that advance initiatives related to the University’s sustainability and climate action goals.

OHIO has already decreased its own scope 1 and 2 carbon emissions by 49 percent since enacting its Climate Action Plan in 2012; it has also partnered with start-up companies in clean energy technologies that decrease carbon emissions. The University decreased its own emissions via a combination of fuel-switching, renewable energy certificate purchases and energy-efficiency initiatives.

Additionally, OHIO has completed a major infrastructure maintenance project that resulted in energy and water savings, created a Utility Master Plan, signed a contract to provide 50 percent of campus-purchased electricity from Green-e certified REC’s and met its commitment to stop burning coal by the end of 2015.

The University has also spearheaded numerous energy-efficiency projects within the campus community and beyond, including the construction and renovation of numerous campus buildings to meet LEED building requirements.

TechGROWTH Ohio, a public-private partnership of OHIO’s Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs, Ohio Third Frontier and the private investment community, has generated more than $450 million in economic activity while supporting growth of several successful businesses whose products lead to carbon emissions reductions.

The Appalachia Ohio Zero Waste Initiative (AOZWI) and the AMD Paint Pigment project, both funded by the local Sugar Bush Foundation, are two additional examples of OHIO’s commitment to furthering sustainability efforts across the Appalachian region.

AOZWI is a “comprehensive collaboration within Southeast Ohio that is turning waste into resources and changing the way the region thinks about waste,” and includes a popular Zero Waste Pledge for local businesses. The AMD Paint Pigment project turns an environmental liability, acid mine drainage from a local abandoned coal mine, into a saleable commodity, artists’ paint. Both are examples of locally based, intentionally circular approaches to combat carbon emissions from excess waste and transportation.

OHIO also remains committed to preparing its students for a sustainable future through various undergraduate and graduate degree programs, a wide variety of courses that include sustainability and a Sustainability Studies theme. Student sustainability and climate action research is encouraged in many ways, including cash prizes for sustainability research at the annual Student Research and Creative Activity Expo, the alumni-created EcoChallenge sustainability competition and the local Sugar Bush Foundation, who provides grant support to sustainability- and community-focused projects.

In 2018, the Ohio EPA recognized Ohio University with its top environmental stewardship award, the E3 Platinum award. Ohio University was the first university in Ohio to achieve this recognition.

Reposted from OHIO: Compass.

Join the Voinovich School for the Ohio Solar Congress

Join solar energy enthusiasts from across Ohio for the 3rd annual Ohio Solar Congress, a free public conference on all things solar, hosted by our partner organization, Solar United Neighbors of Ohio and co-sponsored by Ohio University’s Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs! Whether you are a long-time supporter of solar energy, completely new to solar, or somewhere in between – this event is for you!

2019 Ohio Solar Congress

Saturday March 9, 2019

9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Ohio University, Baker Center

1 Park Place

Athens, OH 45701

RSVP here to attend

The Ohio Solar Congress is a free public conference that brings together solar supporters from across the state to learn and discuss the current solar landscape and future for solar energy in Ohio. The day will include a series of presentations about solar technology and policy topics as well as ways to get involved with helping to grow solar in Ohio. Presentation topics will include: solar 101 and the process of going solar, electric vehicles, grassroots solar advocacy training, and much more! The event will conclude with a participatory open forum discussion for all attendees to discuss priorities and opportunities that solar supporters in Ohio should focus on in the coming year.

This event is FREE and open to the public – everyone is welcome to attend. This event is free and open to the public – everyone is welcome to attend! Breakfast and lunch will be provided for all attendees.

Learn more and RSVP for the Ohio Solar Congress at

We hope you will consider attending this exciting event!

OH Solar Congress Flyer

Nominations for GVS Alumni Society board now open

The Voinovich School is pleased to announce the nominations for the GVS Alumni Society board members is now open.

Nominations will be accepted until Monday, January 21st at 11:59PM EST. To nominate someone or yourself for a board position, please do so here.

If there are any issues, please email Andrea Harless, Board Vice President, at

We would like to invite you to participate in our winter board meeting, taking place at Ohio University’s Dublin Campus on Saturday, February 9th 1-3pm. The meeting will take place in Room 252.

We look forward to receiving your nominations and seeing you in February!

Third Annual Women in Graduate School Day Conference to be held Feb. 9

Please consider joining us for the third annual Women in Graduate School Day Conference on Saturday, Feb. 9, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Baker University Center at Ohio University. A detailed schedule of events is available on the Women’s Center’s website. Registration is required and includes a free boxed lunch for those affiliated with Ohio University if registered before 5 p.m. on Jan. 31. Registration is open now!

This conference is ideal for those currently enrolled in graduate school, who have an interest in attending graduate school, or who are looking for professional development opportunities.

Throughout the day, concurrent presentations and workshops will cover topics as far-ranging as cultivating a good letter of recommendation, feminist pedagogy, choosing an academic career, an American Association of University Women Start Smart Salary Negotiation workshop, a panel on entrepreneurship, and more!

The Women in Graduate School Day Conference is sponsored by the Women’s Center, the Graduate College, the OHIO Alumni Association, Graduate Student Senate, the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs, the AAUW-student affiliate, the Office of Instructional Innovation, and the LGBT Center.

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. M. Geneva Murray, Director of the Women’s Center, at

Featured keynote speaker Chitra Panjabi will join us during lunch.

Chitra Panjabi most recently served as president and CEO of the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS), where she advanced SIECUS’ efforts to reshape social, cultural, and political narratives around sex, sexuality, and sexual and reproductive health.

An award-winning feminist activist with a professional background in nonprofit management and fundraising, Chitra has previously served as a national executive officer — vice president for membership — for the National Organization for Women (NOW) where she was responsible for managing operations, communications, fundraising, and membership engagement. Chitra has also held roles at The Women’s Foundation in Hong Kong, South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT), and the National Woman’s Party at Sewall-Belmont House & Museum in Washington, D.C. (now known as the Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National Monument).

Chitra’s volunteer leadership has included service on the Board of Directors for NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia Foundation and on the Executive Committee for the Women’s Information Network (WIN), a Washington, D.C.-based organization dedicated to advancing young women’s personal and professional growth. She was honored to be named a 2018 Fellow in the Rockwood Leadership Institute’s Reproductive Health, Rights, and Justice Fellowship and to receive WIN’s Young Woman of Achievement Award in 2017 for her work in Reproductive Justice and Women’s Rights.

Chitra Panjabi will share her story and experiences growing up in a conservative, immigrant household and her path to feminism, eventually leading to a career as a professional feminist advocating for women’s rights and social justice. She will also share insights into the challenges that women leaders, particularly those of color, face; how to navigate those challenges in difficult environments; and the role we each can play in shaping (and demanding!) our society and culture to be more welcoming to diverse leaders and leadership styles.


Nov. 9 Lunch and Learn features MPA student panel

This week’s Lunch and Learn series on Friday, Nov. 9 will feature a discussion of research from two MPA candidates and a presentation by the Voinovich School’s Graduate Student Senate representatives.

Hunter Legeza will share his experience recruiting hard-to-reach individuals to participate in the 2018 Ohio HIV Needs Assessment. This time-intensive project required recruiters to have a strong commitment and build trust among qualifying individuals.

Zarek Bell will discuss criminal justice advocacy in Appalachia. He will focus on grassroots advocacy efforts, legislative campaigns and bills to reform the criminal justice system, and coalition building around the issue.

In addition, Graduate Student Senate representatives Eleonora Mocanu, Viktoria Marinova and Abby Rodjom will talk about their role and how they can help Voinovich School students.

The Lunch and Learn will be at noon this Friday in Building 21. See the attached flyer for more details.

Lunch and Learn Series will explore international climate change cooperation

A leading expert in environmental and climate change law and policy will discuss the current state of global climate change law as framed by the evolving international law of cooperation for this week’s lunch and learn installment in the Ridges Building 22 room 221

On Friday, Nov. 2 from 12-1 p.m., Professor Cinnamon Piñon Carlarne will discuss the larger context of international climate agreements like the Paris Agreement and the collective efforts of the global human community to combat climate change under increasingly fragile political structures.

Carlarne teaches environmental law and policy at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. She is on the editorial board for the Climate Law journal and the newly established Transnational Environmental Law journal, launched by Cambridge University Press in 2012.

Pizza will be provided, but participants should bring their own water bottles, as this is a zero waste event.

Lunch and Learn programs are held each Friday at noon, rotating between buildings 21 and 22. Upcoming programs will include Master of Public Administration student presentations and Master of Science in Environmental Studies student presentations.

See the attached flyer for more information.


Vote now for TechGROWTH client Global Cooling for best company culture award


Global Cooling, one of the great regional entrepreneurial success stories, needs your help to prove its company culture is best.

A TechGROWTH Ohio portfolio client, Global Cooling, Inc. manufactures and sells the world’s most energy efficient ultra-low temperature freezers. The company grew more than 75 percent in 2017 and now has about 100 employees, 70 of which reside in southeastern Ohio.

They were recently nominated for TechOhio’s inaugural Startup Culture Awards. Company culture is an increasingly crucial component in attracting prospective employees and retaining top talent.

You can vote for Global Cooling for the Best Company Culture award at Vote as many times as you’d like, now through Nov. 16. Winners will be announced on the TechOhio website and social media in December. Competition winners will be featured in a video spotlight and receive a certificate and bragging rights designating it as having the best company culture in the state.

The Ohio Innovation Fund is also supporting Wiretap for the early stage category, so your help with a vote for them is also appreciated.

TechOhio is a network of entrepreneurs dedicated to improving Ohio’s technology economy, according to its website.