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Program Details: 

Participating in the Ohio Tourism Leadership Academy is more than just learning about the Ohio travel economy and the role you play. It's also about strengthening your network with peers and existing leadership. During each session, we discuss critical regional and statewide issues with leaders from statewide public, private and nonprofit organizations.


If you are new to your job or the industry, or if you've been in your job awhile but want to have a deeper understanding of the opportunities and challenges within Ohio travel and hospitality, this program is for you. 


The program consists of virtual classes in 2020, beginning Jan. 13 from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Classes are held monthly from January through June. A full schedule with the curriculum will be sent upon registration. 
Class members have included those from attractions, museums, theme parks, DMOs, local government, state agencies, federal legislators, community development offices, restaurants, hotels and more. 

Registration for the Class of 2022 will be coming soon. Please check back soon. If you have any questions about the program, please contact Melinda Huntley at mhuntley@ohiotravel.org.

Ohio Tourism Leadership Academy Classes of 2020 & 2021!

OTLA Classes of 2020 and 2021

2020/2021 Graduates

Jill Jentes Banicki, OSU - Sea Grant

Rachel Bechtol, Coshocton County Convention and Visitors Bureau

Kim Conrad, City of Grove City

Laura Felberg, Visit Canton

Emily Lloyd, Butler County Visitors Bureau

Jeremy Naylor, COSI

Margaret Price, Great Lakes Publishing (now with Ashtabula County Convention & Visitors Bureau)

C. Dava Range, Destination Cleveland

Brooke Robinson, Belmont County Tourism Council

Neil Stein, Lake County Visitors Bureau

Alexander Trujillo, Explore Licking County

2021 Graduates

Ryan Berry, Darke County Visitors Bureau

Dayna Brownfield, TourismOhio

Shannon Carter, Holmes County Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau

Jesse Dotson, TourismOhio

Mercedes Graham, Travelhost

Sarah Herrick, The Orchard Bar & Table

Marty Conley, Lawrence County Convention and Visitors Bureau

Katelyn Gainer, Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad

Meredith Gilbert, Ohio Department of Natural Resources

Bryce Riggs, Tiffin Area Chamber of Commerce

Emily Schofield, Ohio History Connection

Kevin Seymour, COSI

Mallory Skrobot, Ohio History Connection

Amy Spoutz, Athens County Convention and Visitors Bureau

Kitty Stevens, Ohio Magazine

Olivia Toth, Knox County Convention and Visitors Bureau

Zach Warmouth, Experience Columbus

Mackenzie Wittmer, National Aviation Heritage Area

Questions about OTLA? Contact Melinda Huntley at mhuntley@ohiotravel.org

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