Our 2019 OLBC Foundation State Conference was a Huge Success!

The Ohio Legislative Black Caucus (OLBC) Foundation hosted its 2019 Statewide Conference on Friday, June 21, 2019 at the Sheraton on Capitol Square in Columbus, Ohio.

Our mission came alive at this State Conference and included spirited and informative discussions on a wide range of topics.

Governor Mike DeWine brought official greetings to the conference attendees. The governor committed to come into the districts of members of OLBC members to determine what is working and what should be improved.

Discussion Session 1: Affordable Housing – disparities and discussions on public policy solutions

Moderator: Lark Mallory, General Counsel and Director of CDFI Investments at Affordable Housing Trust for Columbus and Franklin County
Panelists: Representative Erica Crawley, Ohio House of Representatives
Charles D. Hillman, President & CEO – Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority
Darlene Sweeney-Newbern, Director of Regional Operations – Ohio Civil Rights Commission

Discussion Session 2: Health Equity – Black Maternal Health – Strategies to address the significant disparity in maternal mortality rates for Black Women

Moderator: Charleta Tavares, Former State Senator & OLBC member
Panelists: Dr. Rocco Rossi, Board Certified in Gynecology & Obstetrics
Representative Jeanine Boyd, Ohio House of Representatives

Discussion Session 3: The New Bipartisanship in the New Administration
Moderator: Alicia Reece, Former OLBC President & current OLBC Foundation board member
Panelists: Representative Larry Householder, Speaker of the House
Representative Emilia Strong Sykes, Minority Leader

Our conference concluded with an entertaining and informative fireside chat with U.S. Representative Joyce Beatty moderated by NBC4 News Anchor Colleen Marshall. Representative Beatty discussed topics including her leadership role in the U.S. House of Representatives, the 2020 presidential election, criminal justice reform, Democratic demands that Harriet Tubman’s picture be placed on the $20 bill, and financial stability.

The OLBC Foundation thanks everyone for attending the conference and we are looking forward to the 2020 Statewide Conference. We will be developing white papers on relevant topics, hosting roundtable discussions and raising funds for college scholarships. We hope that you will become engaged with our foundation.