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Cincinnati Chamber Announces Inaugural Hello Cincy Executive Class

As part of the Cincinnati Chamber’s Hello Cincy talent attraction and retention platform, Hello Cincy Executive creates a sense of place for newcomer executives through access, connection, and acclimation.

CINCINNATI—August 31, 2023—20 leaders, representing a wide variety of industries and businesses in the region, have been chosen to participate in the inaugural class of Hello Cincy Executive, the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber’s program for newcomer c-suite employees and senior executives presented by Cincinnati Children’s and EY. 

Hello Cincy Executive is an innovative program that aims to transform the welcome experience for c-suite employees and senior executives that are new to Cincinnati. Designed to address the unique needs and aspirations of high-level professionals, the Hello Cincy Executive experience goes beyond traditional onboarding practices. 

“With Hello Cincy Executive, we want to redefine the way executives integrate into our region’s professional and social spheres,” said Brendon Cull, President & CEO, Cincinnati Chamber. “We’ve all heard for years that this place can be hard to break into, especially for senior executives who arrive here later in life without a network here. We want to get them acclimated to the city, help them understand the history and what’s important about our region’s agenda, and start to build that network.” 

Hello Cincy Executive is dedicated to fostering a profound sense of belonging and integration for new executives in Cincinnati. By seamlessly combining access, connection, and acclimation, the program is set to empower executives with the tools they need to succeed both professionally and personally in their new role and community. 

“Something we’ll discuss a lot throughout the program is the idea of home,” said Kabrella Clark, Talent Connections Manager, Cincinnati Chamber. “We will provide opportunities for the class to engage with local leaders, businesses, and community initiatives that will foster valuable connections to enrich their professional and personal lives. But my biggest aspiration for each of them by the end of the program is that they’ll feel like they can truly call Cincinnati home.” 

Some of the program’s primary objectives include: 

  • Providing access to opportunity: Hello Cincy Executive provides unparalleled access to Cincinnati’s business, cultural, and social landscape. Participants will gain insights into the city’s dynamic economy, key industries, and emerging trends, setting the stage for informed decision-making and impactful leadership. 
  • Forging meaningful connections: Recognizing the importance of building a strong network, Hello Cincy Executive facilitates meaningful connections among participants, local business leaders, and community influencers. Through exclusive networking events, mentorship opportunities, and tailored introductions, executives will rapidly establish relationships that contribute to their personal growth and professional advancement. 
  • Facilitating seamless acclimation: Relocating to a new city can be a daunting task, but Hello Cincy Executive supports a seamless acclimation process, helping newcomer executives and their families build a sense of place in their new community. The program eases the burden of this transition by exposing participants to all the vibrancy and opportunity the Cincinnati region offers. 

The first session for Hello Cincy Executive Class 1 was held on August 28, 2023. Here are the 20 members of the inaugural class: 

  • Becky Beaulieu, President/CEO, Taft Museum of Art 
  • Patrick Ford, Rare Book Librarian, Lloyd Library 
  • Maya Dewan, Division Director, Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center 
  • Rosland Fisher McLeod, Senior Vice President, Legal and Public Affairs Chief Legal Officer, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center 
  • Julianne Dunn, Senior Regional Officer, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland 
  • Alex Ho, Chief Marketing Officer, Terminix 
  • John Durbin, Chief Commercial Officer, FC Cincinnati 
  • Amy Durbin, EVP, Group Client Director, Spark Foundry 
  • Cordelia Heaney, President & CEO, Corporation for Findlay Market 
  • Corey Heller, Chief HR Officer, The Christ Hospital Health Network 
  • Greg Huffstetler, Partner, EY 
  • Erin Mignano, Vice President and General Manager, Turner Construction Company 
  • Wendy Kobler, Chief Development & External Relations Officer, Cincinnati Works 
  • Thomas Braun, Sr. Dir., Global Talent and Organizational Effectiveness, Ford Motor Company 
  • Marco Pagani, Dean, Xavier University – Williams College of Business 
  • Sheryl Woodhouse, Founder/Business Consultant, Woodhouse & Co 
  • Andrew Worrell, General Counsel, Fischer Homes 
  • Camila Worrell, Former Executive Director, Family Promise of Cobb County 
  • Justin Wyborn, President, Hard Rock Casino Cincinnati 
  • Portia Yarborough, Chief Science & Sustainability Officer, Michelman 

For more information about this program and the Hello Cincy platform, please visit

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