Speaker Date Topic
Michael Wilkos, SVP Community Impact Apr 27, 2021
Why the Place You Live Determines How you Live and How Structural Racism Plays A Part

Columbus is often a shorts lists of cities that are “up and coming.”  We are a standout in the Midwest with regards to population growth, job expansion and educational attainment. Many midwestern metropolises seek to be more like Columbus. However we have one of the lowest rates of income mobility and highest rates of economic segregation the country coupled with a rapid increase in housing costs, Columbus is facing serious issues around equity and justice. This presentation will cover the history of redlining in Columbus and how our neighborhoods in the city (and the suburbs) are still be impacted by what happened decades ago. The presentation will also cover gentrification and  displacement—where it is happening and where is it going, what the drivers are for Columbus’ housing affordability and where poverty is spreading and much more.

Alex Shumate May 10, 2021
A Perspective on the Growth and Development of Central Ohio.
A Perspective on the Growth and Development of Central Ohio.
Ted Lape May 17, 2021
Everything about ESOPs
Bill Hall, President & Crystal Craig, Exec Dir May 24, 2021
Melissa's House

Melissa’s House is a non-profit organization fueled by dedicated volunteers who understand that individuals struggling with mental illness are more than a disease.

Many have us have watched our sons, daughters, sisters, brothers, friends and neighbors struggle with a mental illness, ranging from depression to schizophrenia.

We understand that for many, a supportive, comfortable and nurturing environment will be critical to their recovery. Thus, we are focused on updating and renewing existing group residences with aesthetic changes in order to positively impact the well-being of those who live and work there. That is our goal, thereby restoring Hope.


About me:

Bill Hall has been on Melissa’s House board of trustees for four years and is currently President. His involvement in the mental health community stems from having close friends and family who struggle with mental health challenges and from wanting to break down stigmas associated with the disease. Bill is also a member of Tri Village Rotary Club, chairing the Committee Service and Grants committees.


About Jenny:

Jenny Schoning has been involved with Melissa’s House  for nearly 10 years and on the Board for the past four, currently Vice President.  She is a mental health advocate, volunteering with several Columbus mental health organizations to influence policy and support families with loved ones living with mental illness.

Nicholas Ruffner Jun 07, 2021 12:00 PM
Sheetz Convenience Stores
Nicholas Ruffner- Sheetz-Manager of Communications and Public Relations
Brian Dinges- Real Estate Director at Sheetz