Ohio Tourism Leadership Academy

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Program Details: 

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 am and concludes at 3 pm.

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, CVBs, local government, state agencies, federal legislators, restaurants, hotels and more. 

During the sessions, you are introduced to critical regional and statewide travel issues. Meet and discuss issues with leaders from statewide public, private and non-profit-related agencies. Through panel discussions, roundtables, presentations, tours and more, the Ohio Tourism Leadership Academy builds a stronger Ohio by building stronger leaders.

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2018 Schedule

Jan. 24, 2018

Leadership and the Economy

Feb. 28, 2018

Tourism, Arts and Culture

March 28, 2018

Legislative Advocacy

April 25, 2018

Natural Resources and Outdoor Recreation

May 23, 2018

Media and Communications

June 20, 2018

Historic Preservation and Heritage, Final Group Projects

Sept. 2018

Graduation During the Ohio Conference on Travel

2017 OTLA Class Roster



Denise Krauss

Destination Cleveland

Lindsay Friedman

Hocking Hills Tourism Association

Elaine Laux


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


Alissa Preston

Hancock County 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 

Lisa Baer

Ohio Travel Association