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Leadership Center

Leadership Roundtables

Leadership Roundtables connect non-competitive C-Suite business leaders representing a variety of industries and organizations for a confidential exchange of information, ideas, and insights. Meetings offer candid, confidential discussions, and problem-solving sessions with fellow leaders who understand and share the unique challenges of top-level management.

Leadership Roundtables

Leadership Roundtables are available for most C-suite executive functions as well as specific industry focus in IT and Manufacturing. Each roundtable consists of 8-12 business leaders in similar roles and provides an opportunity to learn directly from each other and guest speakers. This process is guided by a team of Executive Leadership Coaches who create a safe and confidential space for these conversations to take place. 

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We offer seven roundtables – CEO, CHRO, CMO, COO, CSO, IT, and Manufacturing. Each roundtable consists of 8-12 business leaders in similar roles and provides an opportunity to learn directly from each other as well as guest speakers. This process is guided by an impressive team of Executive Leadership Coaches who create a safe and confidential space for these important, life-changing conversations to take place.

Objectives

  • Gain tailored business and leadership advice with other professionals
  • Provide insights on current business topics and trends
  • Curate connections with industry experts, topical speakers, and community leaders 

Benefits You Can Expect:

Leadership Roundtables are focused on developing and connecting top leaders in our region, strengthening businesses and helping the region thrive through:

  • Tailored business and leadership advice with other professionals
  • Pop-up lunch and learns/happy hours or other gatherings focused on current business topics and trends


The Chamber team provides:

  • Streamlined recruitment process for prospective members
  • Curated connections with industry experts, topical speakers, and community leaders

Applications

Individuals are placed based upon the current composition of existing roundtables, the membership needs of current members, the expectations of those seeking to join and the desire to sustain a noncompetitive environment. There is opportunity to become a founding member of a brand-new roundtable. New roundtables are created by the Chamber based upon the compatibility and interest of prospective members.

For more information on joining a roundtable and to get started, contact Megan Liebenow at mliebenow@cincinnatichamber.com

Program Fees

$1,000 for Chamber Members

$2,000 for Non-Chamber Members

Program Timeline

Registrations for Leadership Roundtables are on a rolling basis. 

Joining includes a one-year minimum commitment to the Roundtables.

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CEO Roundtables

Bringing Chief Executive Officers together for collaboration and development of plans to best lead their organizations.

Elliott Blodgett
| CEO Roundtable Facilitator
Founder & Owner, Flyway

Elliott Blodgett, founder and owner of Flyway, is an experienced executive coach and consultant with over 10 years working experience developing C-suite executives…

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Elliott Blodgett, founder and owner of Flyway, is an experienced executive coach and consultant with over 10 years working experience developing C-suite executives and their teams. He has served clients across various industries from Fortune 50 to the non-profit sector, including aerospace, logistics, technology, food service, finance, private equity, real estate and manufacturing having made impact on both their human and financial capital.

His previous work experience has equipped him with a unique set of coaching and advising skills that helps him cut through the noise and push his clients towards success. As a coach, he is fearless about speaking his intuition and truth and takes a direct approach to driving outcomes.

Elliott earned a bachelor’s degree from Xavier University. He is a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach and is a Professional Certified Coach through the International Coach Federation. He is also a certified change management practitioner through Prosci, a global leader in change management solutions and a DISC Certified trainer.

Elliott lives in Cincinnati, OH with his family of four. He enjoys traveling, cooking nightly family dinners, bird watching and everything sports.

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CHRO Roundtables

Brings together C-suite Human Resource and Talent professionals who understand and share the unique challenges of HR management.

Elaine Suess
| CHRO Roundtable Facilitator
President, Beyondbeing

Elaine Suess has over 30 years of proven leadership experience and coaching that spans multiple industries and disciplines. This is highlighted by her work at General Motors, Medical Device…

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Elaine Suess has over 30 years of proven leadership experience and coaching that spans multiple industries and disciplines. This is highlighted by her work at General Motors, Medical Device Manufacturer Hill-Rom Company and as the owner of successful businesses. Her corporate leadership roles and deep understanding of business and people especially aids in navigating the challenges, decisions and opportunities top leaders experience.

Elaine specializes in coaching top leaders and leadership teams to maximize their success, especially in times of change. She works with leaders and teams to leverage their strengths and take their effectiveness and impact to higher levels. With research-based tools and proven approaches she especially helps leaders achieve and sustain performance improvements in conflict management, relationship management, communication and leadership presence. Elaine also facilitates leadership roundtables for company presidents and HR leaders.

“I take a strengths- and values-based approach to help leaders overcome barriers and uncover blind spots to achieve positive, lasting change for themselves, their people and the organization.”

Elaine is a Professional Certified Coach through the International Coaching Federation, a certified Leadership & Talent Management Coach, is certified in Barrett Values Cultural tools and Positive Psychology. She is a Core Skills Coach in Conversational Intelligence TM and is certified in assessment tools such as MBTI, EQ and multiple 360 instruments. She is on the Board of St Vincent de Paul, and is very involved with the Cincinnati Chamber and in her community.

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CMO Roundtables

Provides a strong network of CMOs and other Marketing executives within multiple industries to collaborate and develop solutions to their respective marketing challenges. CMO Roundtable members get access to the AMA Cincinnati chapter.

Dennis Devlin
| CMO Roundtable Co-Chair
CEO, CLARITY Research & Strategy

I provide clarity in understanding customers, competitors and companies’ brands. Prior to launching CLARITY Research & Strategy, I built a successful career spending nearly 25 years in agency…

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I provide clarity in understanding customers, competitors and companies’ brands. Prior to launching CLARITY Research & Strategy, I built a successful career spending nearly 25 years in agency leadership and management roles, including working for a global marketing research firm, GfK. I have had the good fortune of working on many of the most successful brands in the world during my career.

My “day job” is supplemented by my volunteering for the American Marketing Association. I am a lifetime member because of my recognition nationally as the 2016 Chapter Volunteer of the Year. I serve as a Co-Chair and facilitator of the CMO Roundtable program and also serve on other organizations’ marketing committees.

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Gina Bonar
| CMO Roundtable Co-Chair
Chief Marketing Partner & Founder, 5 Whys Marketing

Gina Bonar is the Founder and Chief Marketing Partner at 5 Whys Marketing LLC, a Cincinnati-based marketing consulting and services firm delivering strategy, websites, content, and other marketing…

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Gina Bonar is the Founder and Chief Marketing Partner at 5 Whys Marketing LLC, a Cincinnati-based marketing consulting and services firm delivering strategy, websites, content, and other marketing support locally, nationally, and internationally since 2013 to help clients get to the root of the opportunity. Gina’s focus is on writing and strategy, and her passion is in finding and creating connections among people, across boundaries, and between ideas.

Before founding 5 Whys Marketing, Gina served as the US Marketing Lead (VP) at Mercer, a global health and benefits, talent, and retirement consulting firm and member of Marsh & McClennan Companies. Prior to Mercer, she held leadership roles at Deloitte, including serving as Lead Client Marketer for Kraft, Caterpillar, Target, and Sara Lee, as well as Senior Marketer for the Manufacturing, Retail, and Consumer Goods Industries in the Midwest. Previously, she held various marketing, internal, and external communications roles at Exelon, USG, Golin Harris and Owens Corning.

Gina holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management and an MS IMC/PR from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. She currently serves as Co-VP Executive Marketer Community Programming, CMO Roundtable Co-Chair, National AMA Volunteer, and Past President of AMA Cincinnati. She is a past president and founder of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) Young Leaders Committee in Chicago, and a founding member of the NextUP (fka Network of Executive Women) Chicago Committee. Gina proudly earned the Jefferson Award for Community Service through her Skills-Based Volunteer Leadership at Deloitte.

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COO Roundtables

Connects COOs and Vice Presidents of Operations of regional companies together for a confidential and invigorating exchange of information, ideas and insights.

Steve Coats
| COO Roundtable Facilitator
Owner & Managing Partner, International Leadership Associates

Steve Coats brings thirty years of leadership development, team development and coaching work, with additional expertise and experience in leading change, embracing accountability, and growth and…

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Steve Coats brings thirty years of leadership development, team development and coaching work, with additional expertise and experience in leading change, embracing accountability, and growth and strategy. Steve is one of the foremost authorities on The Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership® development methodology, detailed in the worldwide best-selling book, The Leadership Challenge.

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CSO Roundtables

Chief Sales Officer Roundtables create a much needed environment for sales executives and small company leaders to connect with others who understand the challenges of leading and managing sales teams.

Kevin Lawson
| CSO Roundtable Facilitator
President | Lighthouse Sales Advisors

A tall guy solving big sales problems for business owners. Kevin is the President of Lighthouse Sales Advisors and since founding it, he’s built the practice around helping private business owners solve sales problems hindering revenue growth. Kevin builds, fixes, and leads sales teams for those businesses and is known for an operational and analytical approach to solving tough sales challenges.

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A tall guy solving big sales problems for business owners. Kevin is the President of Lighthouse Sales Advisors and since founding it, he’s built the practice around helping private business owners solve sales problems hindering revenue growth. Kevin builds, fixes, and leads sales teams for those businesses and is known for an operational and analytical approach to solving tough sales challenges.

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IT Roundtables

Information Technology Roundtables bring together c-suite leaders who have primary decision making responsibility for their organizations’ technology functions.

Michael C. Fillios
| Chair of the IT Roundtable
Founder and CEO of IT Ally, LLC

Michael C. Fillios serves as the Chair of the IT Roundtable and is also the founder and CEO of IT Ally, LLC. He is a four-time CIO, entrepreneur and senior global business and technology executive with 25…

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Michael C. Fillios serves as the Chair of the IT Roundtable and is also the founder and CEO of IT Ally, LLC. He is a four-time CIO, entrepreneur and senior global business and technology executive with 25 years of experience in transformation, change leadership and operations management in the Pharmaceutical, Industrials, Automotive, Banking and Consulting industries. He was most recently SVP & CIO for the Commercial Bank Fifth Third.

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Manufacturing Roundtables

Connects operations managers from manufacturing companies who understand and share the unique challenges of manufacturing.

Craig Todd
| Manufacturing Roundtable Facilitator
Co-Founder & CEO | AMEND Consulting

He’s an activator. A visioneer. A highly skilled navigator capable of bringing accountability, telling it like it is and eliminating blind spots. Creating effective ways to push results…

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He’s an activator. A visioneer. A highly skilled navigator capable of bringing accountability, telling it like it is and eliminating blind spots. Creating effective ways to push results.

To move things forward, to forge new trails, there must be a pioneer – an individual with the courage to overcome the challenges that always develop when one tries to do something worthwhile. Craig enjoys being that pioneer.

As a leadership consultant, Craig has helped hundreds of clients drive double-digit growth. He’s been honored as a Pillar Award for Community Service recipient, celebrated as a Best Places To Work Winner, and recognized as a Small Business of the Year recipient.

He is passionate about helping each of his team members recognize their unique capabilities and helping them align their strengths with the overall organizational strategy. Over his 30-year career, Craig has built long-standing relationships and strong connections throughout the Cincinnati region that have served as an outlet for discovery, information sharing and open innovation.

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Meet Your Program Leader
Megan Liebenow
Megan Liebenow
Program Manager, Leadership Center

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The Leadership Center at the Cincinnati Regional Chamber offers leadership development programs that are built to grow and strengthen the regional talent base by developing civic-minded leaders. If you’re an individual looking to apply or a talent leader interested in sending employees through our programs, let us help you find the programs best suited for your goals.