James M. Anderson
The State of Pediatric Care in Cincinnati
Jim Anderson has been president and chief executive officer of Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center since 1996. His appointment followed 20 years of service on the Cincinnati Children's board of trustees, including four years as chairman.
Jim's extensive civic involvement includes service to the Boy Scouts of America - Dan Beard Council, a United Way agency partner, Cincinnati Museum of Natural History, College of Mount St. Joseph, and Monarch Foundation. He chaired the 2006 United Way campaign. He has also served as mayor of Indian Hill.
The State of Healthcare Financing in "North" America: Which Candidates are Going Canadian?
Most recently Jim Barone was the vice president of sales and marketing for EyeMed Vision Care - the managed vision care subsidiary of the Luxottica Group. Previously, he was the vice president of marketing and sales for Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Colorado and Nevada.
He was recognized by the Denver Business Journal as one of Denver's "40 under 40" most influential businesspeople. He also served as the former chairperson for Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield and the Luxottica Group's national United Way campaigns.
Victoria Buyniski Gluckman
A Needed Change to Secure Our Future
Vickie Buyniski Gluckman is the founder and retired chair and CEO of United Medical Resources, Inc. (UMR), a national third-party administrator of self-funded employer healthcare benefits and a subsidiary of UnitedHealthcare.
Vickie is active in the community and currently serves as chair of Success By 6® Steering Council. She also serves on the boards of The Christ Hospital, U.S. Bancorp and Ohio National Financial Services.
She was recognized by Fast Company Magazine as one of the Top 25 "Women Who are Changing the Game" and was a recipient of NKU's Master Entrepreneur Award.
Harry H. Graves
The Clean Tech Revolution
Harry Graves is president and CEO of Global Energy, Inc., an alternative energy company with gasification technology expertise. Harry is a founding director of the Gasification Technologies Council in Washington, D.C. and has dedicated the past 20 years to environmental technology solutions. His company has optimized technology for the efficient closed-system conversion of solid hydrocarbons to clean, low-cost synthetic gas.
Scott B. Harsh
Fund Evaluation Group - A National Leader in Investment Advisory Services
Scott B. Harsh is president and CEO of Fund Evaluation Group, LLC (FEG), a Cincinnati-based investment advisory firm. FEG was founded in response to institutions seeking better solutions for their investment portfolios. Their continued growth has resulted in FEG becoming an international investment advisory firm.
Scott serves as president of the Board of Trustees for Queen of Angels Montessori School. He was also an investment committee member for St. Xavier High School and board member of the Hamilton County Board of MRDD.
Karen M. Hoguet
The State of Retail According to Macy's
Karen Hoguet is executive vice president and chief financial officer of Macy's, Inc. Karen joined the company in 1982 and quickly advanced to positions both in planning and in finance.
Karen will co-chair the 2009 Fine Arts Fund campaign and is a member of the boards of Hebrew Union College and 3CDC. She previously served as president of Children's Theatre of Cincinnati, treasurer of the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park and on the boards of Walnut Hills High School Alumni Foundation and Plum Street Temple Historic Preservation Foundation.
James R. Mason
Parenting in the 21st Century
As president and CEO of Beech Acres Parenting Center since 1989, Jim has led the most significant transformation in the organization - from a traditional social service agency to a 21st century parenting center designed as a resource for all parents.
In 2006, the parenting center was the overall winner of the Organizations of Noteworthy Excellence (ONE) Award, sponsored by the Business Courier and The Greater Cincinnati Foundation.
Jim has served on the board of trustees of the Child Welfare League of America and Ohio Association of Child Caring Agencies.
In Pursuit of Performance
Valerie Newell is chairman, managing director and senior portfolio manager for RiverPoint Capital Management. RiverPoint provides investment portfolio management to high net worth individuals, families, private and public foundations, endowments, and retirement plans.
Valerie serves as chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Cincinnati Art Museum. She is also a trustee of the University of Cincinnati Foundation, Cincinnati Parks Foundation, Mercantile Library, Beech Acres Foundation, and Summit Country Day Foundation.
John E. Pepper, Jr.
Perspectives on the Freedom Center: Where We are and Where We're Going
John E. Pepper, Jr., retired from The Procter & Gamble Company as chairman of the board and CEO in 2002, following 40 years of service. He currently serves as chairman of the board of the Walt Disney Company and co-chairman of the board of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.
John was a key force in the creation of the Cincinnati Youth Collaborative, a nationally recognized program that provides youth employment, mentoring and tutoring, and college scholarships for those in need.
The State of Cincinnati and the Global Economy
Rob Portman is currently Of Counsel with the law firm Squire, Sanders and Dempsey LLP. Between 1989 and 1991, Rob worked for President George H. W. Bush as Associate Counsel to the President and then as Director, White House Office of Legislative Affairs. In 1993, Rob was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, where he served the 2nd District of Ohio for 12 years.
In April 2005, he was asked to serve in the cabinet of President George W. Bush as the U.S. Trade Representative. Shortly thereafter, Rob took the helm of the Office of Management and Budget. In August 2007, Rob decided to return to Cincinnati to be closer to his family after commuting to Washington D.C. for 14 years.
Nora Lee Zorich
The Long, Winding Road to Drug Development: Policy, Politics, Science and Implications
Nora Lee Zorich, M.D., Ph.D., is vice president of research and development for Procter & Gamble Pharmaceuticals.
Nora is a founding member of the Women's Leadership Council and currently serves as co-chair. She also serves on the external advisory board of the University of Illinois, College of Medicine, along with the community advisory board of the University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine.
Nora has received the Volunteer Leadership Award from the Health Improvement Collaboration of Cincinnati and was named a 2006 YWCA Career Women of Achievement.