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Featuring Yvette McGee Brown, Former Justice of the Supreme Court of Ohio and Partner, Jones Day; Herbert R. Brown, Former Justice of the Supreme Court of Ohio; Mary DeGenaro, Former Justice of the Supreme Court of Ohio, and host Patrick F. Fischer, Justice of the Supreme Court of Ohio.

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Featuring Angela K. Plummer, Esq., Executive Director, Community Refugee & Immigration Services (CRIS); Noorgul Dada, Founder, Hidayah Institute and Senior Engineer, PJM Interconnection; Nadia Kasvin, Co-Founder and Director, US Together, Inc.; and Nicol Ghazi, Executive Director, Muslim Family Services of Ohio, with host, Yilun Cheng, Immigration Reporter, The Columbus Dispatch.

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Featuring Bill LaFayette, Ph.D., Founder & Owner, Regionomics, LLC; Steve Fireman, President & General Counsel, Economic and Community Development Institute (ECDI); Cheryl Turnbull, Senior Director, Keenan Center for Entrepreneurship at The Ohio State University; and host, Susan Post, Editor of The Metropreneur.com and Associate Editor of ColumbusUnderground.com.

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Featuring  Kyle Kondik, political analyst and author of ”The Long Red Thread: How Democratic Dominance Gave Way to Republican Advantage in US House Elections,” Jen Miller, Executive Director, League of Women Voters of Ohio, Sam Gresham, Chariman, Common Cause Ohio and Principal, Sam Gresham International (SGI), and Terry Casey, Republican Strategist and Former Ohio Election Official, with host Jessie Balmert, Reporter, USA Today Network Ohio Bureau.

Join CMC for an in-depth conversation with Wil Haygood, author of Colorization: One Hundred Years of Black Films in a White World. Colorization is an unprecedented history of Black cinema examining 100 years of Black movies—from Gone with the Wind to Blaxploitation films to Black Panther—using the struggles and triumphs of the artists, and the films themselves, as a prism to explore Black culture, civil rights, and racism in America.

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Join CMC as we explore what has changed in the last forty years, the challenges that have been overcome and those that remain, and what the future holds for Central Ohio’s LGBTQ+ community. Featuring Densil Porteous, Executive Director, Stonewall Columbus; Jose Rodriguez, Director of Community Relations, Equitas Health, LeeAnn Massucci, Owner and Principal, Massucci Law Group LLC; with host, Megan Kilgore, City Auditor, City of Columbus.

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Columbus Police Chief Elaine Bryant made history as CPD’s first chief from outside the division, and its first African American female Chief. Mayor Andrew J. Ginther announced Chief Bryant’s selection on June 2nd, 2021, after a nationwide search. Join us to meet Columbus’ new Chief of Police at this week’s forum.

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Join CMC in partnership with the Building Inclusive Communities for a critical and timely conversation about inclusive communities and new ideas on how to achieve them.

Columbus Downtown Development Corporation

We have all witnessed the cranes that continue to dominate the skyline downtown. Join us to hear what the Columbus Downtown Development Corporation (CDDC) has to report about downtown Columbus’ current and future projects and what might be ahead in the near term as the city navigates beyond COVID.

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Join us to learn about Columbus’ innovative LinkUS mobility initiative and find out how it will impact our neighbors, our community’s transportation challenges, and build on our existing strengths.

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We all remember where we were 9/11/01, and probably find it difficult to believe it was 20 years ago. Our panelists and host were in places we heard about on the news: New York, the Pentagon, and stranded on a plane outside the country. Hear them share their compelling personal accounts of the day we will never forget. Featuring Scott Light, Journalist and Owner, Scott Light Consulting; Shirley Brooks-Jones, Delta Flight 15 Passenger; and host, Jerry Revish, Retired Television News Anchor, WBNS- 10TV.

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While the uncertainty of the past 18 months has challenged us, some things remained constant. One of those, thankfully, has been the Columbus Metropolitan Club Wednesday forums. Throughout the time of COVID restrictions, CMC presented newsworthy, relevant, and current programs every week via livestreaming to thousands of viewers and in house whenever possible. We’re grateful for the hundreds of people who willingly came to the CMC stage at the Boat House to share their stories, their insights, their expertise, and their unique and varied perspectives.

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In June 2014, the Greater Columbus Infant Mortality Task Force ended its 6-month process with the release of its final report to the residents of Franklin County. In it were eight recommendations to reduce the community’s alarming infant mortality rate by 40 percent and cut the racial health disparity gap in half by 2020.What type of progress has been made on this ambitious goal and how did CelebrateOne carry out its mission during the challenges of COVID? Join us to hear from Mayor Andrew Ginther and a panel of experts as they discuss how they are addressing the critical issue of insuring Central Ohio’s babies, more importantly, at risk Black babies, survive and thrive in our community.

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What began as an interpretive framework for historians has exploded on the national education scene as the newest front in America’s ongoing culture war. Critical Race Theory, which sought to better understand the role of race in the creation of legal, economic, and social systems, is to some a way to spotlight the inequities in our society, while to others, its application threatens to further divide Americans from each another. What is critical race theory? Who is using it, how, and to what end?

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Our panel unpacks Ohio’s new budget and discusses its impact and implications. Featuring Emilia Sykes, Minority Leader, 34th District, Ohio House of Representatives; Hannah Halbert, Executive Director, Policy Matters Ohio; and Kimberly Murnieks, Director of the Office of Budget and Management, State of Ohio and Jay Hottinger, Senate President Pro Tempore, 31st District,  Ohio Senate, with host Karen Kasler, Bureau Chief, Ohio Statehouse News Bureau.

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Farmers have harvested the sun since the beginning of time, but a new crop is taking hold in Ohio: solar energy. Even with the potential of hundreds of new companies coming to Ohio due to available sources of alternative clean energy, bringing thousands of jobs and millions of dollars in commerce, the emerging solar energy surge has raised concerns in the Ohio legislature and spawned legislation to potentially curb its potential development, by allowing local oversight for proposed projects.

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With approval of full stadium capacity for Crew and OSU games and the return of the Columbus Symphony’s annual “Picnic with the Pops” and CAPA’s popular Broadway Series, venues appear eager to see audiences back. Our panelists will discuss their experiences of the past year and what they are seeing on the horizon for events in the weeks and months ahead.

Buckeye Paws Program

Right when they needed it most, we were told to keep “socially distant” from the front-line responders who were facing their most stressful days caring for those with COVID-19. But, at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, a new type of “co-worker” – of a four-legged variety- was stepping in to provide care, comfort, and companionship.

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Our panel will discuss the changes COVID accelerated, which will be sustained into the future, and what news will look like as a result of these changes. Featuring Alan Miller, Executive Editor, The Columbus Dispatch and Gannet Ohio Regional Editor, and Walker Evans, Co-Founder & CEO, Columbus Underground, and Denise Eck, News Director WCMH NBC4, with host, Ann Fisher, host, All Sides With Ann Fisher, WOSU Public Media.

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Hear what Smart Columbus and their partners have accomplished to further transportation services and accessibility amid the callenges of the pandemic. Featuring Mandy Bishop, Deputy Director of Public Service, City of Columbus & Smart Columbus Program Manager; Raja Sundararajan President & COO, AEP Ohio; Sophia Mohr, Chief Innovation Officer, COTA, with host Kerry Charles, co-anchor, WCMH NBC4.

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Featuring introduction by Keith Myers, FALSA, Vice President, Planning, Architecture and Real Estate Office of Administration and Planning, The Ohio State University, Chair RAPID 5 and ULI Columbus, and William Murdock, AICP, Executive Director Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission, RAPID 5 Management Committee with host, Jennifer Bullock, Anchor, NBC4.

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When did the public start questioning the validity of science and why? What can be done to restore trust in science and scientists? Join us as our panelist discuss renewing interest in science literacy in our community. Featuring Dr. Frederic Bertley, President and CEO, COSI and host, QED with Dr. B, WOSU Public Media and Dr. Kathryn Sullivan, former NASA Astronaut, former Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and former Administrator of NOAA, with host, Scott Light, Owner, Scott Light Consulting.

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Our panel discuss emerging ideas about connecting everyone in our community to this vital lifeline. Featuring Greg Jackson, Office of Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost, Lori Kendall, Ph.D., Senior Lecturer, Fisher College of Business, The Ohio State University; Renee Cacchillo, Executive VP, Customer Experience Officer, Safelite Group with host, John Hrusovsky, President JJH Consulting, LLC.

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Our panel will discuss what role a community plays in supporting its youngest neighbors to successfully make their way through education from infancy to adulthood.

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Featuring Thea Walsh Ewing, Director of Transportation and Infrastructure, MORPC and Jeffrey Darbee, author of the forthcoming (October 2021) book, “Amtrak, America’s Railroad: Transportation’s Orphan and Its Struggle for Survival (Railroad Past and Present)” and Owner, Benjamin D Rickey & Co., and Derrick James, Senior Manager, Local and State Legislative Relations, Amtrak with host, Andy Chow, journalist, Ohio Statehouse News Bureau.

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In what ways is the system of refuse collection, recycling, and composting evolving and what are the opportunities that exist for our community to make a positive impact? Our panel will share their insights.

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So many stories in the news recently focus on a never ending litany of reports of violence. Racist violence against our neighbors, the death of Black men and women at the hands of those who we trust to protect us, and regularly occurring gun shots and deaths in the inner city raised to headlines only when they are experienced in suburban malls. Is this another recent consequence of COVID or are there deeper issues to address? Our panelist will discuss what they are doing to address violence in order to make a real change for a safer community for everyone.

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Exploring Neighborhoods: The first in a series of discussions over the next several months spotlighting our Central Ohio neighborhoods. CMC will explore the rapidly changing business and residential development landscape, demographic make up, and unique challenges and opportunities taking place in Central Ohio’s cities.

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CMC’s annual look at our community’s nonprofits focuses on the social service agencies and their challenges and successes navigating the year of COVID. Featuring Denise Robinson, President and CEO, Alvis Inc., Colin Page McGinnis, CEO, South Side Early Learning,  Isi Ikharebha Green, President, Physicians CareConnection, with host, Michael Corey, Executive Director, Human Service Chamber.

 

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Join us to hear David DeVillers share insights on his work with police reform, white supremacy and gangs in a one on one interview with Colleen Marshall.

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