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Developing Inclusive Workspaces

The goal of the recruitment hiring process is to attract and identify individuals who have the best mix of skills and attributes for the job available. Ensuring that all qualified individuals—including those with disabilities—can participate in the process is critical to achieving this goal. Join us for a robust and informative conversation on how organizations are ensuring an inclusive and welcoming workplace for all.

Wednesday, June 10

Please note that the date, time and structure of this event is subject to change. Visit this page often for details.

Red Brick Occasions (Map)
118 E. Main Street
Columbus, OH 43215

Networking and registration: 7:30 a.m.
Program: 8 – 9:15 a.m.

Chamber members – $25 each   |   Non-members – $50 each
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Registration is required. Day-of registration is not encouraged. Ticket purchases are considered non-refundable.
This is a ticketless event. An electronic reminder will be sent with full details prior to the event.


John Hambrick
Education Service Center of Central Ohio

As Director of Business Solutions, John draws on his well-established relationships and deep rooted network of business professionals, educational thought leaders, and community connectors to achieve dual success with workforce and economic development.

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This aligns nicely as his role with the Workforce Development Board of Central Ohio is to engage and partner with employers, educational institutions, economic development professionals, and community stakeholders that provide direct and impactful opportunities to our job seekers.



Brenda Hanes
Goodwill Columbus


Brenda Hanes has been with Goodwill Columbus since 1992. She started at the organization in the Senior Additional Growth Experience program as a Work Specialist, and has grown with the organization to her current role as a Program Manager in Workforce Development.

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As a Program Manager, she oversees the disability team, helping individuals with obstacles to employment get on the path to self-sufficiency. She also oversees TANF WEP, which provides individuals receiving benefits from Job and Family Services with volunteer and work opportunities. In her time at Goodwill, Brenda has developed new programs and services including LifeWorks, which assists individuals with developmental disabilities with training and work experiences; brought Project Search, a workforce development program for individuals with barriers, to Columbus; and was instrumental in helping Res Care Workforce Services, Job and Family Services, Jewish Family Services, Columbus Urban League and National Center for Urban Solutions establish and implement a successful workforce collaboration.

Jeff Girard
Designer Brands

Jeff Girard is currently the Senior Vice President of Distribution & Logistics for Designer Brands (formerly DSW).  Prior to this, Jeff served in various roles with DSW from Manager of Industrial Engineering to Director of Operations.

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Jeff began his career with United Parcel Service where he served in many different capacities within operations and engineering. Jeff has over 30 years of experience in the logistics industry with 23 years in retail. In addition to his role with Designer brands, Jeff is an active participate with the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America, Handshake America, and currently sits on the Board of Directors for Goodwill Columbus.

Mike Lampl
Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation

Mike Lampl is the Research Director for the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC), Division of Safety & Hygiene.  He has 25+ years of experience in occupational safety and health.

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He obtained his B.S in Industrial & Systems Engineering at the Ohio State University and his M.S. in Occupation Health at the Medical College of Ohio.    Mike co-manages the safety grant programs at the BWC.


There are multiple options available for parking. A detailed map of all parking options is available here.
Additional transportation options are also available here.

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Please contact events@columbus.org or 614-225-6950.

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