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Cincinnati Regional Chamber selects 55 young leaders for Cincy Next class 11

Cincinnati, Ohio (March 19, 2024) — 55 leaders from a variety of organizations in the Cincinnati region have been accepted for Class 11 of Cincy Next, a leadership development program produced by the Leadership Center at the Cincinnati Regional Chamber and presented by Fifth Third Bank. 

Cincy Next is a program for emerging leaders with fewer than 8 years of professional experience to strengthen leadership skills, expand networks, and increase knowledge of self, business, and community.   

“Cincy Next equips the future leaders of our region with practical leadership skills, civic connections, and opportunities to grow in ways that will extend in their respective organizations and outside of those walls as well,” says Megan Liebenow, Program Manager, Leadership Center at the Cincinnati Regional Chamber. “The participants of this class will attain new tools as well as sharpen pre-existing ones to foster personal and professional progress. We believe in a comprehensive approach to leadership development where individuals build relationships to the communities in which they work and live.” 

Here are the members of Cincy Next Class 11: 

  • Alexandra Raphael – Associate Attorney, Katz Teller 
  • Allie O’Neil — Marketing Consultant, MassMutual Ascend 
  • Andrew Brower – Associate Relationship Manager, Fifth Third Bank 
  • Andrew Field – Attorney, Taft, Stettinius, & Hollister LLP 
  • Andrew Jones – Human Resource Associate, CVG Airport Authority 
  • Andrew Wullenweber – Accounting Manager, Compliance, North American Properties 
  • Annalese Cahill – Government Relations Associate, DSD Advisors, LLC 
  • Bella Ruter – Communications Analyst, The Cincinnati Insurance Companies  
  • Blake Must – Senior Development Associate, Urban Sites 
  • Brett Evans – Lead Consultant, 84.51° 
  • Brooke Barker – Financial Advisor, Wells Fargo Advisors  
  • Calvin Catania – Sr. Technical Product Manager, GE Aerospace 
  • Carmen Granger – Subscriptions & Loyalty Marketing Manager, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra 
  • Chloe Seckman – Social Media Manager, Mount St. Joseph University  
  • Clare Henning – Marketing Communications Consultant, TriHealth 
  • Daniela Rodriguez – NPD Commodity Manager, Mammotome  
  • Danielle Peters – Sr. Treasury Analyst, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital  
  • Don Biven – Business Development Risk Advisor, Oswald Companies 
  • Elise Moeller – Volunteer Engagement Specialist, Great Parks 
  • Ethan Wilson – Trader, Constellation Wealth Advisors 
  • Glen Ivol – Director, Business Strategy & Analytics, FC Cincinnati 
  • J. Maxwell Williams – Associate, Frost Brown Todd LLP 
  • Jacob Finley – Manager, Tax Services, Brixey & Meyer, Inc. 
  • Jake Eby – Single Game Ticketing Manager, Cincinnati Reds 
  • Jake McGinty –Corporate & Community Relations Specialist, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Cincinnati 
  • Jessica Graen – Training Specialist, Hard Rock Casino Cincinnati  
  • Justin Hollon – Senior Analyst, RKCA Investment Banking 
  • Justin Lisena – Sr. Manager of Financial Planning & Analysis, Phillips Edison & Company 
  • Kendall Harden – Chief Operating Officer, Gearhart & Associates  
  • Kenton Reason – Strategic Planner, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital 
  • Kyle Miller – AVP, Claims, Insurance Operations, Western & Southern Financial Group 
  • Liz Treft – Senior Marketing Specialist, Myriad Genetics 
  • Luke Herrmann – Landbank Associate, The Port 
  • Madeleine Meeks – Manager, Associate & Clinical Communications, Bons Secours Mercy Health 
  • Margo Brandenburg – Associate Attorney, Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP 
  • Marina Steuk – Business Affairs & Partnership Manager, Cincinnati Tennis LLC 
  • Matthew Allen – Project Manager, Miller Valentine Construction  
  • Maxwell Rossi – Relationship Manager, Merrill Lynch  
  • Nick Adamic – Senior Project Manager, Messer Construction Co. 
  • Nina Dantas – Business Operations Specialist, Prysmian Group  
  • Owen Walsh – Attorney, Keating Muething & Klekamp PLL 
  • Paige McLaughlin – HR Generalist, MANE 
  • Rich Torres – Senior Analyst, Identity & Access Management, The E.W. Scripps Company 
  • Robby Wellington – Real Estate Transaction Manager, Macy’s, Inc 
  • Sam Ballachino – Executive Assistant to the CEO, Greater Cincinnati Foundation 
  • Samuel Baker – Program Manager, Flywheel Social Enterprise Hub 
  • Sara Sutton – Claims Supervisor, Great American Insurance Group  
  • Taylor Paulus – Senior Product Manager, Paycor 
  • Trent Meister – Knowledge Base Manager, Givaudan 
  • Trevor Wellbrock – Director, Business Development, REDI Cincinnati 
  • Tyler Bellman – Investor Relations Manager, Al. Neyer 
  • Tyler Durr – Project Leader, AMEND Consulting 
  • Will Gerhardt – State & Local Government Affairs Manager, Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber 
  • Zachery McFarland – Senior HR Data Analyst, Archer Daniels Midland 
  • Zak Kelley – Event Sales Manager, 3CDC 


The program spans eight months, and includes a mix of leadership workshops, tours, activities, and a group project, including sessions on: 

  • Leadership style assessments  
  • Understanding and developing a personal brand  
  • Effective communication, including public speaking and difficult conversations  
  • Personal finance and goal setting  
  • Leveraging networks effectively and professional influence  
  • Effective people management, including multigenerational workforce  
  • Creative problem-solving 

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