Now in its ninth year, the Columbus Emerging Leaders Summit is a one-day leadership conference that brings together passionate, smart, and engaged young professionals from across Central Ohio to connect and grow while learning from local speakers and thought-leaders.

This year’s summit will be hosted at Franklin University’s Ross Auditorium in downtown Columbus on Friday, October 11, 2019. The full-day event will run 8:00am-4:00pm. Here is our agenda:

8:00am – Arrival, Morning Connections, and Breakfast & Coffee powered by Barry Bagels

9:00am – Welcome

9:15am – Emerging Innovators: A Superstar Panel
We will host a panel interview of innovators and newsmakers in Columbus. How did they make it at such a young age? What is the secret to their success? What are their tips for fellow emerging leaders?


10:25am-11:25am – Emerging Leadership in Real Time
We will present four back-to-back speakers each with a relevant message in order of age to showcase a real-time progression. Speeches will last for 10 minutes each and will showcase stories of accomplishments and learning for leaders in their 20s, 30s, 40s, and 50s:

• Speaker 1 – 10:25-10:35am: “Leadership in your 20s”
• Speaker 2 – 10:40-10:50am: “Leadership in your 30s”
• Speaker 3 – 11:00-11:10am: “Leadership in your 40s”
• Speaker 4 – 11:15-11:25am: “Leadership in your 50s”

11:30am – Lunch
Lunch will be available from 11:30am-1:00pm. During lunch we will highlight and present awards to our “NEXT UP” EMERGING LEADERS for 2019!


1:30pm – Millennial Mentoring Access Sessions
For our afternoon sessions, attendees will have the chance to meet and learn from local executives/C-suiters, during a rotating mentor access session.
• Topics of conversation will include: “Finding Mentors,” “Are You Being Valued as a Young Professional?,” “Gaining a Seat at the Table,” “The Influence of Peers,” and more.

3:45pm – Closing Remarks & Dismissal

COST TO ATTEND: An “early bird” summit pass is $39. On September 1st the price will increase to $49 and on October 1st it will increase to $68. Tickets include a full day of speakers & presentations, mentoring & networking, breakfast, coffee, lunch, an event tote bag, and free parking all day. Water, coffee, tea, and snacks will also be available throughout the duration of the summit.

Join the next generation of Columbus leaders for this special event! Register before September 1 for the best “early bird” ticket price: