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2012 Raymond E. Mason, Jr. Leadership Symposium

For Immediate Release: March 14, 2012

Contact Sherry Mercurio, Director of Public Relations, 614.947.6581

Columbus, OH —

On Tuesday, April 24, 2012, the Franklin University Leadership Center will host its ninth annual Raymond E. Mason, Jr. Leadership Symposium - an event focused on raising the level of leadership in central Ohio.  

The Symposium brings together central Ohio leaders for a unique day dedicated to raising the level of leadership in business, government, education, and community organizations. The event has become the cornerstone experience for many organizations' Leadership Institutes and serves as a catalyst for many companies and individuals for launching a long-term commitment to developing leadership - and leaders.

This year’s keynote speaker is renowned business thought leader and best-selling author, Jason Jennings. His landmark book, “It’s Not the Big That Eat the Small...It’s The Fast That Eat the Slow,” identifies best practices for companies and organizations. USA Today has named Jason Jennings one of the three best business speakers.

In addition to his keynote speech, Jennings will also be leading a break-out session.  As part of his preparation, Jennings will be contacting up to ten local leaders to learn more about their businesses so he can include them in his presentations.  

As part of the day’s agenda, a panel of leaders will answer the question “does leadership differ according to the size of the organization?”  Panelists include, Jane Grote-Abell, Chairman of the Board and Owner, Donatos Pizza; Dwight Smith, CEO, Sophisticated Systems Inc.; Andy Johnson, CEO, The Johnson Family Diamond Cellar; and Jerry Jurgenson, former CEO of Nationwide Financial Insurance Services Inc.

The full 2012 Symposium agenda includes a networking breakfast, main session keynote speaker, two break-out sessions, lunch featuring the luncheon keynote speaker, afternoon break-out session, and the “Take-It-Back-To-Work” session (this unique session allows attendees to come together to share their day’s experiences and decide how to apply their new knowledge at work).

In addition to the session led by Jennings, the selection of break-out speakers addresses many aspects of Leadership.  Session speakers include:

  • Jason Jennings, Author and Keynote Speaker
  • Steve Germain, Germain Motor Company
  • Jerry Jurgenson, Former CEO, Nationwide Insurance
  • Jane Grote-Abell, Chairman of the Board and Owner, Donatos Pizza
  • Zach Scott, Sheriff, Franklin County (OH)
  • Megan Gebhart, 52 Cups of Coffee
  • Ann Gallagher, President, Gallagher Consulting Group
  • Jim Camp, Founder, Camp Negotiation Institute
  • Guadalupe Velasquez, New American Initiative Coordinator, Columbus Mayor's Office
  • Contributing Authors - Darrin Adams, Clyde Fitch, and Mary Ann Short
  • Eileen Mallesch, Board Member, State Auto Insurance
  • Leadership Institute Graduates
  • Mark Weaver, Founder, Communications Counsel, Inc.
  • Jay Martin, Head Men's Soccer Coach, Ohio Wesleyan University
  • Brandi Young-Sharp, Founder and Director, Advanced Language Access, Inc.

Attend the 2012 Raymond E. Mason, Jr. Leadership Symposium and complete the day dedicated to leadership with a renewed sense of personal and professional purpose, ready to kick off another year committed to raising your own level of leadership. Commit one day a year to advancing your leadership.  We’ve kept our costs the same, $275 per person, $250 per person for groups of 4 or more. To find more information or to register click here or call 614.947.6888.

2012 Raymond E, Mason, Jr.
Leadership Symposium

Tuesday, April 24, 2009
8 a.m.- 4 p.m.

Columbus Convention Center
400 North High St., Cols., OH

$275 per participant
($250 per person for groups of 4 or more)
includes continental breakfast, program materials, lunch, closing strategy,
and more.

Register Online
at, or call the Leadership Center at 614.947.6888

About Franklin University
Founded in 1902, Franklin University is one of the leading and most experienced educators of adult students. The University offers applied, in-demand undergraduate, master's and doctorate programs that enable adult learners to achieve their educational and professional goals.  From entrepreneurs to CEOs, more than 45,000 Franklin alumni can be found around the world contributing to the communities in which they live and work. Students can take classes through Franklin through its Main Campus in downtown Columbus, Ohio, two central Ohio locations, in Beavercreek, at co-locations across Ohio, Indiana, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, and online. In addition, the University's MBA program is offered internationally through agreements with institutions in Europe and the Middle East. Further information regarding Franklin University can be found at

Franklin University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC), the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE), and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).


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