Each week, the Columbus Metropolitan Club hosts a forum discussion on topics that range that gamut, from business to policy to social services and more. The discussions might feature a diverse panel of experts, or it could be an interview with a high-level community or business leader, with our customary audience Q&A at the end. Whether it's something that impacts the local community or has global implications, listeners walk away educated, informed, and engaged. (All forums are recorded live in Columbus, Ohio.)
Middle Class and the Fading American Dream
Working at a job that keeps your family comfortable enough to own a home, pursue education and have reliable transportation and healthcare were once attainable goals of the middle class. But as we look around at the country today, we see more and more Americans being squeezed by the rising costs of the same things that once felt rightfully within reach.
After recovering from the Great Recession in 2007-2009 the U.S. has enjoyed 10 years of a bull-market economy, but the median income of middle-class households in 2016 is about the same as it was in 2000. Any financial gains that have been experienced have been modest in comparison to higher-income households, creating an ever-widening disparity between the groups.
With the stagnating wages and growing income disparity, policy makers struggle on how to define, or redefine, the American middle class. Growing struggles with eviction and restrictive building codes, a lack of point-to-point transit amid an urban sprawl, and high health insurance deductibles and surprise billing prompt new discussions about what it takes to stay ‘middle class’ in the 21st century.
Jennifer Carlson, Associate VP External Relations & Advocacy OSU Wexner Medical Center and Health Science Colleges
Michael Pires, Project Manager, John Glenn College of Public Affairs
Laura Koprowski, Executive Director, Ohio Public Transit Association
Hosted by Edward [Ned] Hill, Ph.D., Professor of Economic Development at The Ohio State University’s John Glenn College of Public Affairs and the College of Engineering’s Ohio Manufacturing Institute
Money and Amateur Athletics
We welcome Gene Smith, Athletic Director, The Ohio State University to talk about amateur athletes and money. College sports are a $13 billion dollar industry with Ohio State 2018 sports revenue bringing in more than $205 million with $110 million in revenue from football alone. Should athletes be paid? Maria Durant, Reporter, WSYX ABC 6, will interview.
Women’s Suffrage, 100 Years of the 19th Amendment
As our nation celebrates 100 years of women’s suffrage, we look back at the push for women to have their voices heard and counted among the public and among our country’s leadership.
Featuring Megan Wood, Director, Cultural Resources Division, Ohio History Connection, Jen Miller, Executive Director, League of Women Voters of Ohio, Treva Lindsey, Ph.D., Department of Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies, The Ohio State University, and Ann Fisher, host of All Sides with Ann Fisher at WOSU Public Medi
State of Non-Profits: The State of the Board
The discussion will be around board roles and responsibilities; board composition; board engagement; the partnership between board and staff; and best practices at the national and local levels
Featuring Andy Davis, Senior Director, Education and Outreach, BoardSource, Kerri Mollard, Founder and CEO, Mollard Consulting, Deborah Aubert Thomas, President & CEO, Philanthropy Ohio, and host Michael Bongiorno, AIA, Managing Principal & Design Director, Columbus Regional Office, AECOM.
Blue Chip Economic Forecast
The US economy is thriving. The national GDP is growing at 2% and Ohio’s is growing at 1.3%. Job growth and employment numbers are strong but wage growth is slim to none.
Featuring Bill LaFayette, Ph.D., Founder, Regionomics, as he releases his 2020 Columbus Economic Forecast. LaFayette will be joined by George Mokrzan, Ph.D., Director of Economics, Huntington National Bank, and host Mark Williams, reporter, The Columbus Dispatch.
Tech Toys and Tools...Ask Siri for More Information
Featuring Kristy Campbell, COO, Rev1 Ventures, Will Burrus, Chief Technology Officer, Lower.com, Justin Kogge, Owner, Game Arena, and host Alex Bandar, Founder & Chief Mischief Maker, Idea Foundry.