Education and Events
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. Learning occurs through panel discussions, presentations, tours, written assignments and other activities designed to deepen your understanding of Ohio travel industry challenges and opportunities, as well as to inspire you to make a difference.
The program consists of six classes with session locations taking place in the Greater Columbus area. Classes are held monthly from January through June. They begin at 10 am and conclude at 3 pm.
Class members have included those from attractions, museums, theme parks, DMOs, local government, state agencies, federal legislators, community development offices, restaurants, hotels and more.
Applications for 2020 are now available. If you have any questions about the program, or if you want to make sure you are the very first to receive application notices, please contact Melinda Huntley at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Application deadline is December 13, 2019. No refunds will be accepted after January 1, 2020. Tuition cannot be transferred to another year. Subsitutions are permitted until the beginning of the first session.
2019 OTLA Group Projects
The 2019 OTLA Class group projects examined drivers with the potential to most impact the Ohio travel economy. We profiled these projects in eClips throughout the summer, but if you need a refresher, read more about their exciting work here:
Meet the Ohio Tourism Leadership Academy Class of 2020!
Ashley Allen, Greater Cleveland AquariumJill Jentes Banicki, Ohio Sea Grant College ProgramRachel Bechtol, Coshocton County CVBKim Boggs, thunder::techKim Conrad, City of Grove City
Molly Cooper, Visit Findlay/Hancock County CVB
Laura Felberg, Visit Canton
Mary Huttlinger, Middletown CVB
Kaela Krise, Experience Columbus
Emily Lloyd, Butler County Visitors Bureau
Jeremy Naylor, COSI
Sara Neer, Champaign County Chamber & Visitors Bureau
Holly Nelson, Holmes County Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau
Margaret Price, Great Lakes Publishing
C. Dava Range, Destination Cleveland
Brooke Robinson, Belmont County Tourism Bureau
Mary Beth Sills, Cambridge Main Street
Neil Stein, Lake County Visitors Bureau
Alexander Trujillo, Explore Licking County