Ohio Tourism Leadership Academy
Sponsored By: Ohio Sea Grant College Program

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The Ohio Tourism Leadership Academy meets monthly, January through June, to learn about opportunities and challenges of Ohio's travel industry. Class members have included those from attractions, museums, theme parks, convention & visitors bureaus, local government, state agencies, federal legislators, restaurants, hotels and other sectors of the travel industry. 

Application Now Closed

Ohio Tourism Leadership Academy 2017 Application - Now Closed
If you are interested in applying for the 2018 OTLA, please contact Chad Duplain at cduplain@ohiotravel.org

2017 OTLA Class Roster



Denise Krauss Destination Cleveland
Lindsay Friedman Hocking Hills Tourism Association
Elaine Laux TourismOhio
Allen Fraley Noble County Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau
Christina Beargie Ohio History Connection
Amanda Januzzi Columbus Zoo & Aquarium
Sarah Lilly Visit Grove City
Lexi Sweet Experience Columbus
Tracy Daniels Clinton County CVB
Marty Brown Hocking Hills Adventures
Mindy Brems Coshocton Visitors Bureau
Amanda Caig Toledo Zoo
Morgan Wright Greater Cleveland Aquarium
Jessica Greathouse Great Lakes Publishing
Stephanie Leis ODNR
Alissa Preston Hancock Co. CVB
Yancy Deering Cincinnati USA CVB
Brittany Cook Destination Seneca County
Kelly Taylor Marion Area CVB
Codi Mast Homestead Furniture
Beatrice Mitchell Ohio Travel Association
Matthew Staugler Darke County VB
Tricia Barbee Treasure Grove Travel
Patricia Ratliff Bucyrus Tourism & Visitors Bureau


Program Details


 2016 Schedule


The Ohio Tourism Leadership Academy builds leaders by building knowledge, developing leadership skills, strengthening networks and informing participants about the responsibilities of boardmanship. The program consists of six classes with session locations taking place in the Greater Columbus area. Each session begins at 10 a.m. and concludes at 3 p.m.

During the sessions, you will be introduced to critical regional and statewide tourism issues. You will meet and discuss issues with leaders from statewide public, private and non-profit-related agencies. Through panel discussions, roundtables, presentations, tours and other activities, the Ohio Tourism Leadership Academy will build a stronger Ohio by building stonger leaders within the tourism industry.

“Being a part of the Ohio Tourism Leadership Academy really polished my knowledge on Ohio tourism. I got to connect with fellow Ohio Travel Association members throughout Ohio and get to know them much better. 

The small group project allowed an even closer connection with a few of the partners and made me really feel like I was learning something much like a college project. 

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed my Ohio Tourism Leadership Academy experience and recommend it to both young and experienced tourism professionals.” 

- Roger Dudley,
  Experience Columbus


Jan. 25, 2017

Ohio Arts and Culture, Transportation


Feb. 8, 2017

Economic Development

March 8, 2017

Legislative Advocacy

April 5, 2017

Natural Resources and Recreation

May 10, 2017

Media and Communications

June 7, 2017

Historic Preservation and Heritage, Final Group Projects

Fall 2017

Graduation during the Ohio Conference on Travel

2016 Group Project Highlights