2021 Summit Information

The 2021 Think Regional Summit will be a VIRTUAL event on April 23, 2021, due to concerns with the COVID-19 pandemic in Ohio.  At our event, we expect that Leaders and citizens from 15 Counties in Southwest Ohio will join us on line to discuss existing programs in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and their value to multiple areas of our community.

The Event Agenda is provided below.  The Event Fee is $20.  Registration and Fee payment can be made at

Please Register TODAY and join us on line on April 23, 2021, from 8:30am to 12:30pm.  We look forward to seeing you!



2015 Annual Conference Agenda

7:45am   Doors Open; Registration Commences; Coffee, Juices and Light Snacks Available


8:15am   Welcome – Joe Hinson, CEO West Chester/Liberty Chamber Alliance – Thank attendees

                                   and Sponsors from smallest to largest

8:20am Introduce AT&T Spokesperson

8:30am   Acknowledge Morning and Afternoon Keynote Speakers

8:35am   Welcome Michele Abrams, Think Regional Chairman, to Provide Overview of TR Conference    

               Purpose and Overview of Agenda – Highlight First and Second Panels, Issue Action Groups --

               Key Issues, Desired End States, Initial Action Steps, Initial Progress


8:50am Morning Keynote Address – Nan Whaley, Mayor of Dayton

                                                                 - David Mann, Vice-Mayor of Cincinnati

9:30am Question & Answer Session


9:45am Break

10:00am First Panel – Examples of Successful Collaborations – Economic Development

               Focus: Examples of Greater Results Achieved through Successful Collaborations

                           in Infrastructure Improvements and Developing Skilled & Educated Workforce

               Moderator: Shasank Saxena, Director of Digital Software Solutions, Kroger

               Panelists: Amy Murray, Cincinnati City Council

                               Johnna Reeder, Director, REDI

                               Martin Russell, Executive Director, Warren County Port Authority

                               Dr. Kevin Boys, President, Southern State Community College

                               Tanya Brownrigg, Senior VP, DTZ Commercial Development                                             


10:45am Question and Answer Session

11:00am Break

11:15am Second Panel – Examples of Successful Collaborations – Quality of Life

               Focus:   Examples of Greater Results Achieved Through Successful Collaborations

                             in Enhancing Quality of Life Issues, Entrepreneurial Support, Inclusion of

                             Racial/Ethnic Minorities, and Cross-Government Collaborations and Reforms

                             to Support Development

               Moderator: Barney Wright, Jr., Chairman, Board of Trustees, Sinclair Community College

               Panelists: Gene Krebs – Local Government Innovation Fund, State of Ohio

                               TJ White – Center 4 Local Government

                               Joni Fedders, President, Aileron

                               Chris McWhinney, CEO, Millennium Reign Energy, LLC

                               Laureece Johnson, J3 Business Consulting, LLC

12:00pm Question and Answer Session

12:15pm Buffet Luncheon


12:45pm   Afternoon Keynote Address -- Dave Yost, Ohio State Auditor

1:15pm   Question & Answer Session


1:30pm   Issue Action Group Breakouts & Working Sessions

Participants select the issue where they have greatest interest or can make greatest contribution

to identify key action steps to continue progress in that area in the coming months. 

  • Infrastructure (Transportation, Energy, Utilities)
  • Skilled and Educated Workforce
  • Entrepreneurial Support
  • Quality of Life
  • Inclusion of Racial/Ethnic Minorities (Community and Business Ownership)
  • Cross-Government Collaboration and Reforms to Support Development


2:45pm   General Session: Presentation by each Issue Action Group

Each Issue Action Group Facilitator will deliver a summary of key action steps identified so that

each participant leaves the conference with an overall understanding of the key issues and what

is planned moving forward.


3:50pm Closing Comments -- Audience & Think Regional! Leadership Team

4:15pm Adjourn

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