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Columbus Metropolitan Club
Saturday mornings at 10, Podcast

With a mission to connect people and ideas through community conversation, the Columbus Metropolitan Club presents weekly town hall-style forums where engaged citizens hear from speakers and panelists on a variety of newsworthy, current, and relevant topics of community interest. CMC has almost 1,400 members of various ages, professions, races, and beliefs. WCBE is proud to partner with CMC to deliver audio of the forums on-air and through this podcast. 

Latest Episodes
  • This CMC forum features Andriel Ugbomeh, CEO, Healing Without Limits Counseling & Consulting; Erika Clark Jones, CEO, Alcohol, Drug and Mental Health Board of Franklin County (ADAMH); LeeAnne Cornyn, Director, Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services; and Charleta B. Tavares, Chief Executive Officer, PrimaryOne Health.
  • In this CMC forum with veteran Statehouse News Bureau journalist Jo Ingles, we sit down with Ohio’s 70th governor, Mike DeWine, for a wide-ranging conversation unpacking his 2024 “State of the State” address and a look at what Ohio’s future may hold.
  • With a panel of regional leaders, this CMC forum explores the advantages of thinking about economic growth in an entirely new way and how key players in Central Ohio are working together to bring sustainable circular growth to the region.
  • This CMC forum features Ukeme Awakessien Jeter, City of Upper Arlington, Council President & Mayor, and Partner, Taft Law; Kim Emch, Founder and Executive Director, Festa; Guadalupe Velasquez, Managing Director, Welcoming City; Sudarshan Pyakurel, Executive Director, Bhutanese Community of Central Ohio; and hosted by Peter Gill, Immigration Reporter / Report for America, The Columbus Dispatch.
  • This CMC forum features Stephanie Hightower, President and CEO, The Columbus Urban League; Karen Mozenter, CEO, Jewish Family Services; Tony Collins, CEO & President, YMCA of Central Ohio; Lawrence Funderburke, Founder, President, and Certified Financial Planner, Funderburke Institute of Financial Empowerment and hosted by Tonisha Johnson, Emmy Award-Winning Multimedia Journalist and Anchor, Spectrum News 1.
  • This CMC forum features Dr. Amy Acton, Licensed Physician, Preventive Medicine and Public Health, and Former Director, Ohio Department of Health; Susan DiMickele, CEO, National Church Residences; Dr. Whitney Raglin Bignall, On Our Sleeves Associate Clinical Director, Nationwide Children’s Hospital; Dr. Megan Schabbing, Medical Director of Psychiatric Emergency Services, OhioHealth and with host, Tracie McCambridge, Director of Art & Resilience, The Wexner Center for the Arts.
  • This CMC forum features Barb Smoot, President & CEO, Women for Economic and Leadership Development, and First Lady Shannon Ginther, Chair, Columbus Women’s Commission, Dr. Joyce Chen, Professor of Economics, Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies, The Ohio State University with host Tanya Salyers, Director of Advocacy, YWCA Columbus.
  • With the new heads of The Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center and Cardinal Health, this CMC forum dives into a conversation on what the future holds for advanced healthcare in Central Ohio and around the world.
  • This CMC forum welcomes education visionary Ron Clark plus a panel of passionate leaders for a high-energy look at American education reinvented for the 21st century.
  • This CMC forum features Stevie Pasamonte, Chair, Transit Columbus, William Murdock, Executive Director, MORPC, Shannon Hardin, President, Columbus City Council, Monica Tellez-Fowler, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, COTA and introductory remarks by Andrew J. Ginther, Mayor, City of Columbus, with host, Curtis Jackson, Evening Anchor, Spectrum News 1.