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2018 Agenda
 
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 Tuesday, April 10, 2018

 
10:30 AM
Registration
Regency Foyer
12:00 - 12:40 PM
Welcome: Jack Marchbanks, Ohio Department of Transportation
National Anthem, Fort Hayes High School Band
Invocation: Rabbi Berman
Regency Ballroom
12:40 PM    Special Guest Keynote Speaker: Dr. Julian Earls
(click name link for bio)
1:00 PM    OCA/ACEC Awards Luncheon
Beth Easterday and Chris Runyan
1:30 - 1:45 PM
Break
1:45 - 2:45 PM
Panel Discussion
“Inclusion, Commitment, and Results”
How to Create Successful Partnerships
Moderator: Larry James
Panelists: Wm. Brian Burgett and Andrew Jackson
(click name links for bios)
Regency Ballroom
2:45 - 3:00 PM
Break
3:00 - 5:00 PM
Workshops (see below for specifics)
Franklin Room A-D
5:00 - 6:30 PM
Civil Rights Transportation Symposium Networking Event
Live Music, LeftField Convo

​Fairfield 

 

 Wednesday, April 11, 2018

 
7:00 AM – 8:00 AM
Open Registration / Continental Breakfast
Regency Foyer-Ballroom
8:00 AM
Welcome Video - "ODOT's Committment to Diversity"
Lauren Purdy, Ohio Department of Transportation
Laurie Leffler, Federal Highway Administration
Richard Crockett, COMTO
Regency Ballroom
8:25 AM
Special Guest: Victor Mendez (click name link for bio)
8:50 - 9:40 AM
Panel Discussion
Recruitment, Coaching and Team Building
"Success in sports and business"
Moderator: G. Michael Payton
Panelist: Stephanie Hightower, James Tressel, and
 John Wooldridge
 (click name links for bios)
Regency Ballroom
9:40 - 10:00 AM    Break
10:00 - 11:50 AM
Morning Workshops (see below for specifics)
​Franklin Room A-D
12:00- 1:30 PM
Luncheon
ODOT Civil Rights College Scholarship Presentation
City of Columbus Councilman, Shannon Harding
Keynote Speaker: Gene Smith (click name link for bio)
Tribute to Civil Rights
Central State University Choir Tribute to Civil Rights
MLK Oratorical Contest Winner Speech, Addison Captain
Regency Ballroom
 

 2018 Civil Rights Transportation Workshops

 

Track 1: Construction    FRANKLIN A

Time

Session

Session Themes

Presenter/Panelists

Moderator

April 10th

3pm – 4pm

 

Access to Capital

On construction projects

This session will explore:

·         How to access Bonding for construction projects

·         What are the pitfalls in Construction Financing for small businesses

·         Kevin KellerFedeli Group Bonding

·         Allen McConnell – Ohio Development Services Agency DSA

·         Jesse Mark - ECDI

 

Terry Bolden

April 10th

4pm – 5pm

ADA Compliance

This session will explore:

·         Title VI requires ADA compliance on DOT projects

·         What are the qualifications

·         How to meet requirements for ADA projects

 

·         Sarah Wade - ODOT

Kimberly Watson

April 11th

10am – 11am

Fostering partnerships

This session will explore:

·         How to build strategic business relationships

·         Leveraging DBE Certification for growth

·         Creating and effective Mentor protégé program

 

·         Jack Ford- Beaver Excavating

·         Jennifer Ponchak - Follow the River

·         Mike Bridges- Bridges Trucking

·         Chase Wells - ODOT

 

Tom Pannett

April 11th

11am – 12pm

What’s New in the DOT/ DBE program

This session will explore:

·         What changes are on the horizon for the DBE program

·         What is Commercial Useful Function (CUF)?

·         Danette Shuler –ODOT

·         Rachyl Smith – FHWA

·         Jermaine Thomas -ODOT

Deborah Green


 

Track 2: Consulting     FRANKLIN B

Time

Session

Session Themes

Presenter/Panelists

Moderator

April 10th

3pm – 4 pm

How to Create an effective business development plan for DBEs

This session will explore:

·         From project Start to Finish how to create an effective mentoring program for Consultants

*Case Study MDOTI-94

·         Dr. Audrey Andrews- HNTB

·         Terry Stepanski – MDOT

·         Nicholas Sundberg-

MDOT

·         Sharmyn ElliotSomat

·         Tarolyn Buckles – Onyx Enterprise

 

Andrew Williams

April 10th

4pm – 5 pm

Learning how to do Business with ODOT

This session will explore:

·         Successful Strategies in marketing your company

·         Working with ODOT Districts

·         Myron Pakush - ODOT

·         Dr. Sonja Simpson-

ODOT

·         Tammy Campbell-

ODOT

Drew Gilmore

 

April 11th

10am – 11am

Designing for Environmental Justice

This session will explore:

·         How to prepare to meet the needs of underserved communities faced with access to transportation needs

* Case Study Cincinnati
MLK Project

·         Erica Schnider - ODOT

·         Tommy Arnold - ODOT

·         Keith Moore- FHWA

Veronica Trecazzi

 

April 11th

11am – 12pm

What are the best way to market and foster new relationships with consulting firms

This session will explore:

·         Development Goals and Mentor protégé. Do they really work for small consulting businesses?

·         Ed Kagel –EMH&T

·         Mary Sharrett – Stone

·         Barry Couts- True Inspections

Mat Mauger


 

Track 3: Building a Diverse Workforce    FRANKLIN C

Time

Session

Session Themes

Presenter/Panelists

Moderator

April 10th

3pm – 4pm

On the job training

This session will explore:

·         Pre Apprenticeship programs are they effective and are they needed?

·         Patrick Reardon- Ohio Jobs and family Service Construction Trades

·         Stephen Lipster
Electrical Trades Center

Mica Wulfhorst

April 10th

4pm – 5 pm

How to Increase Diversity without Quotas

This session will explore:

·         Attracting Diverse applicants The ODOT Way

·         Removing our blinders when hiring diverse candidates

 

·         Robin Fogt - ODOT

·         Traci Luers - ODOT

Brian Brown

April 11th

10am – 11am

Training Diversity and Inclusion for Leaders

This session will explore:

·         How to incorporate D & I practices and training for leaders in the organization

 

·         Dr. Tameka Taylor - Compass Consulting

Darrell Davis

April 11th

11am – 12 pm

How Inclusive is your Organization

This session will explore:

·         Will be interactive session on biases

·         Dr. Shanda Gore – VP University of Toledo

Lauren Purdy


 

Track 4: Business Development, Diversity and Inclusion     FRANKLIN D

Time

Session

Session Themes

Presenter/Panelists

Moderator

April 10th

3pm – 4pm

Why get certified?

This session will explore:

·         If I am not winning contracts, what are the benefits of certification

 

 

·         Jackie Neal - OMSDC

·        RoShawn Winburn- City of Dayton

·        Bobbi Bell-Bartholomew – Department of Administrative Services DAS

Lisa Washington

April 11th

10-11am

Best Practices – Obtaining Tracking and Reporting SBE DBE MBE Goals

This session will explore:

·         How do you Track DBE MBE spend

 

·         Diana Anthony – Ohio Turnpike

·         Demarcus Peters – Cincinnati

Metro/SORTA

·        Karmin Bailey – Columbus Airport

 

 

David Walker

April 10th

4pm – 5pm

How do you find Diverse Suppliers

This session will explore:

·         Discussing Outreach Plan The difference between marketing public and private sector marketing strategies

 

·         Sharlene Chesnes -

Interchez Logistics

·         Michael Bracey– Honda

·         Stephen Francis - City of Columbus

 

Maria Davila

April 11th

11-12pm

The importance of a Safety Program

This session will explore:

·         Job Safety Analysis

1 Safety Council Training Credit

 

·         Gary Armstrong Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation (BWC)

 

Jeffrey Houssami

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 Special Guest Speaker

 

Victor MendezVictor Mendez
Bio

 Victor Mendez is the Principal at VMM Consulting, providing consulting and advisory services to clients in the transportation industry.

Victor Mendez was appointed by President Obama in 2014 to serve as the 20thUnited States Deputy Secretary of Transportation.  He served in that role from July, 2014 through January, 2017.

As Deputy Secretary, Mendez was the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) chief operating officer, responsible for the day-to-day operations of the 10 modal administrations and the work of more than 55,000 employees.  Mendez was focused on ensuring the safety and efficiency of America’s transportation system, which plays a key role in improving quality of life and the economy.

Mendez, along with former Secretary Foxx, led the USDOT in an unprecedented pivot towards innovation to solve safety challenges in American transportation.  For his accomplishments, in March of 2016, Mendezwas recognized as the Legacy Award recipient by the Arizona Chapter of the American Council of Engineering Companies.

Before becoming Deputy Secretary, Mendez was appointed by President Obama in 2009 to serve as the 18th Administrator of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).  As FHWA Administrator he oversaw the agency’s 2,900 employees in Washington, DC and field offices across the country.

During his time at FHWA, he turned his lifelong interest in innovation and technology into launching the Every Day Counts initiative, which gives states a range of tools and technologies to streamline construction projects and make them more cost effective.

Before joining USDOT, Mendez served as the Director of the Arizona Department of Transportation under former Governor Janet Napolitano.  He has more than 20 years of State DOT experience.

Mendez earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Texas at El Paso and later earned an MBA from Arizona State University.  He is a registered professional engineer in the State of Arizona.

Victor has also been actively engaged in international transportation issues throughout his career. During his tenure in federal government, he traveled to South Korea, China, Cuba and Russia to meet with his federal-level counterparts to address transportation issues.  In 2007, he participated and presented at the World Road Congress in Paris, France as a member of a United States transportationdelegation.  He is fluent in conversational Spanish.

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 Tue., April 10 Luncheon Keynote Speaker: Dr. Julian M. Earls

 

Dr. Julian M. Earls Bio

Dr. Julian M. Earls is Executive in Residence at the Monte Ahuja College of Business at Cleveland State University in Ohio . He retired from the position of Director of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland (GRC). As Director of GRC he managed a budget of $740 million and a workforce of over 3000 personnel. In one year as Director of GRC, he awarded over $180 million in contracts to socioeconomic businesses and grants to Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU’s), Tribal Colleges, and Hispanic Serving Institutions. He co-chaired the Science and Mathematics Education Policy Advisory Council (SAMEPAC) for the State of Ohio. SAMEPAC, upon appointment by the Governor of the State Of Ohio, produced a report defining initiatives to improve science and mathematics education in Ohio, grades P-K through 16. Also Dr. Earls is President of Entrepreneurial Engagement Ohio (EEO). EEO, in collaboration with the Ohio Academy of Science, was granted $5million for scholarships to Ohio High School Students who create projects in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) and Entrepreneurialism.

At Cleveland State University, he co-chaired the Task Force that created the Campus International School on the CSU campus. The CIS is a K-12 Cleveland Public School and adopted the International Baccalaureate Program curriculum. Students  at CIS begin the study of Mandarin Chinese in kindergarten.  In addition, he led the CSU Team that established 11th and 12th grades of the Cleveland School District’s STEM High School on the CSU Campus.

 

 

 

 Inclusion, Commitment, and Results Panel Moderator: Larry James

 

LarryJamesBio

Larry James has been at the heart of the Columbus business, legal, civic, and political scene for the last thirty years. He is a respected litigator, as well as an advisor to local and national leaders. In recognition of his many achievements, the law firm changed its name from Crabbe, Brown, Jones, Potts & Schmidt to Crabbe, Brown & James in January 2001.

In 2011, The Ohio State University selected Mr. James as lead counsel to represent its student athletes in NCAA investigations. In 2013, Armen Keteyian published his book The System: The Glory and Scandal of Big-Time College Football, a chapter of which is dedicated to Larry’s work in representing the OSU football players.

CLICK HERE TO READ HIS FULL BIO

 

 Inclusion, Commitment, and Results Panel Special Guests

 

William Brian BurgettWilliam Brian Burgett
Bio

Mr. Burgett started working summers for the family construction company as a laborer on underground utility work while in high school.  Upon entering The Ohio State University in 1969, he and his father, started Scioto Steel Erectors to due structural steel erection and reinforcing steel installation.  Brian worked summers as an ironworker and during the school year as an estimator.  Upon earning his civil engineering degree in 1973 he moved back to Fredericktown and joined Kokosing Construction full time.   In 1973 Kokosing had been in business for 22 years and was a $7 million dollar per year building and underground contractor. Brian soon took over all field operations and in 1977 took the company into bridge and treatment plant construction with the acquisition of the Columbus based Wander Construction. In 1978 scraper dirt capabilities were added.  In 1981 Brian took over as President when his father Bill decided to retire and pursue other interest. Over the next several years Kokosing continued to grow adding asphalt paving and plants, concrete paving and plants, sand and gravel plants, limestone quarries, heavy industrial maintenance and marine construction. Simultaneously geographic expansion was leading the companies into West Virginia, Kentucky, Indiana, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, Washington D.C., and occasionally other states.  Today Kokosing Inc. is the largest heavy civil contractor in Ohio and surrounding states with an annual volume exceeding $1.3 billion and has 3500 employees.

In addition to his leadership of Kokosing, Mr. Burgett is a strong advocate for the Construction Industries interest on a State and National political level as well. He has also been instrumental in the introduction of the "Project Partnering" concept to ODOT, many municipalities, and private owners. 

CLICK HERE TO READ HIS FULL BIO

 


 

 

Andrew JacksonAndrew Jackson
Bio

Andrew Jackson has over 25 years of high-value business consulting experience in corporate America as a Partner with the global consulting firm of Accenture.  At Accenture, he was responsible for delivering business and technology solutions for Global Fortune 500 companies. This was coupled with managing the Accenture corporate diversity program.  At the same time, he is the owner and operator of several small businesses in Cleveland.  He grew up in Cleveland, and graduated from John Adams High School; he is a product of the Cleveland Public Schools System.  He earned a degree in accounting from Cleveland State University.  He is a Certified Public Accountant, having passed the CPA exam in 1983.  He joined Accenture following graduation in 1982, and made Partner in 1995.  He retired from Accenture in 2007. 

In 2007, he joined the Greater Cleveland Partnership (The Chamber of Commerce for Northeast Ohio) as a Senior Vice President, to lead the Commission on Economic.  His objectives at the Commission were to grow minorities businesses and to increase the number of minorities in the board rooms, in senior management positions, and in the workforce for major companies in Northeast Ohio.

CLICK HERE TO READ HIS FULL BIO

 


 
 

 

 

 Wed., April 11 Luncheon Keynote Speaker: Gene Smith

 

Gene SmithGene Smith
Bio

Gene Smith is in his 13th year as director of athletics at The Ohio State University.  Hired in 2005, he was promoted to Senior Vice President and Wolfe Foundation Endowed Athletics Director in May of 2016.  He is widely recognized among the leaders of his profession and has been named “one of the most powerful people in collegiate sport.” 

Smith is the eighth person to hold the athletics director position at Ohio State.  He previously served as director of athletics at Arizona State, Iowa State and Eastern Michigan universities and is entering his 32nd year in the role.

At Ohio State, the 61-year old Smith oversees the nation’s most comprehensive and one of its most successful collegiate athletic programs.  The department sponsors 36 fully-funded varsity sports with more than 1000 student-athletes competing for Big Ten Conference and NCAA championships.

Smith has additional oversight responsibility for the Business Advancement division of Ohio State which includes:  Schottenstein Center, Nationwide Arena, Blackwell Hotel, Drake Union, Fawcett Center, and Trademark & Licensing.

Smith is known for outstanding fiscal controls.  The athletics department is completely self-supporting; it receives no university funds, tax dollars or student fees.  In fiscal year 2015-16, the department transferred nearly $39 million in assessments to the university, including more than $19 million in grant-in-aid reimbursement.  Both athletics and the university will derive benefit from the unprecedented $252 million partnership agreement signed with NIKE in 2016.

As a highly-recruited student-athlete and member of national championship teams as a college athlete, coach, and administrator, Smith is passionate about the well-being of student-athletes and the championship experience. 

CLICK HERE TO READ HIS FULL BIO

 

 Success in Sports and Business Panel Moderator: G. Michael Payton

 

G. Michael PaytonG. Michael Payton 
Bio

Michael is the Executive Director for the Ohio Civil Rights Commission, the state law enforcement agency that administers the Ohio Civil Rights Act in the areas of employment, public accommodations, housing, credit and disabilities in higher education while conducting education and outreach.  Michael oversees a statewide staff of 80 employees who investigate over 4,000 charges of discrimination annually.

Michael previously served as Chief Legal Counsel and Director of Operations for the Commission.  In this capacity, he oversaw and directed civil rights investigations, administrative adjudications, special enforcement initiatives, Alternative Dispute Resolution and community outreach while providing legal advice to the Commission’s staff.

Michael previously served as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Ohio for 11 years.  During this period, he prosecuted cases arising under the Ohio Civil Rights Act while serving as counsel to the Ohio Civil Rights Commission.  He then served as Assistant Chief in the Attorney General’s Transportation Section and oversaw and conducted litigation as defense counsel for the Ohio Department of Transportation (“ODOT”) in disputes involving civil rights, construction, contracts, employment, eminent domain and environmental matters.  Michael also served as ODOT’s Real Estate Administrator and in this capacity directed all statewide highway-related real estate acquisition and activities for ODOT.

CLICK HERE TO READ HIS FULL BIO

 

 Success in Sports and Business Panel Special Guests

 

James P TresselJames P. Tressel
Bio

James P. Tressel became the ninth president of Youngstown State University in July 2014 and has been busy moving the campus forward on many fronts ever since.

Under Tressel’s leadership, enrollment increased for the first time in five years and the university attracted it’s most academically-accomplished freshman class ever. In addition, the university revamped its development operations and hit record fund-raising levels, announced its first Rhodes Scholar recipient, reconfigured its executive leadership organization, froze tuition for two consecutive years and expanded its scholarship offerings. The university is also partnering with two private developers to construct new apartment style student housing on campus and is working with the city to improve major gateways to YSU.

Prior to becoming YSU president, Tressel was executive vice president for Student Success at the University of Akron, where he was charged with restructuring and leading the efforts of a newly created division dedicated to the academic and career success of students.

CLICK HERE TO READ HIS FULL BIO

 


 
 

 

 

Stephanie A.  HightowerStephanie A. Hightower
Bio

Stephanie A. Hightower is the 8th President and CEO (and first female President and CEO) of the Columbus Urban League (CUL), Columbus’ oldest and most successful urban family advocate. Since taking the helm in 2011, Ms. Hightower has transformed the organization into a more relevant and effective force in helping individuals and families overcome poverty and achieve self-sufficiency -- today’s civil rights struggle -- by offering a holistic set of init iatives focused on economic transformation, foundational education and family stabilization to touch and transform the lives of more than 7,000 people a year.

 

CUL stands as Central Ohio’s oldest and most successful family advocate. Fighting for equity and justice for nearly a century, CUL’s wrap-around family strategies and personal mentoring efforts include early learning and after-school education, workforce readiness and career coaching, ex-offender re-entry and fatherhood coaching, financial capabilities, housing advocacy and foreclosure prevention, and family stabilization. Under Ms. Hightower’s leadership, CUL met and exceeded ambitious goals around four critical initiatives centered on foundational education, economic transformation, family stabilization, and organizational sustainability. Within a three year period, CUL achieved unprecedented success by ensuring nine out of ten graduates of its Head Start enter kindergarten reading or reading-ready; assisting more than 500 hard-to-place chronically unemployed individuals in secured full-time jobs; putting 700 young people to work through a summer youth employment program that provided more than $900,000 in income for their families; and securing the philanthropic investments of the city’s major business partners to complete a $3 million community campaign.


CLICK HERE TO READ HER FULL BIO

 


 
 

 

John WooldridgeJohn F. Wooldridge
Bio

As the current President and CEO of Excenture Business Solutions, John F. Wooldridge has employed critical applications of business strategy, structure and implementation to create a company that has experienced tremendous success on a national scale. With his proven background of over 25 years in economic development initiatives, Wooldridge has cultivated Excenture into a highly sought after business development consulting and product procurement services firm. His background of success has been built upon his engagement in high level community development and business consulting initiatives in major business markets across the United States.

Today, Excenture is successfully fortified with a broadened scope of business activity and a strong client/partnership alliance through long term business relations with national corporations and government agencies, including The Ohio Department of Transportation. Excenture’s platform of business activity has been widely recognized by corporate partners, community leaders and government officials, resulting in Excenture receiving numerous honors and awards.

CLICK HERE TO READ HIS FULL BIO