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Introducing: The Innovation & Transformation Council

September 1st, 2022

The Columbus Chamber of Commerce is thrilled to announce the launch of our Innovation and Transformation Council. Our plan is to advance the ideals of progress and create a thriving and inclusive community. Through the council, businesses from all industries can come together to co-create, share inspiration, and positively influence the future of the Columbus Region. 

“The Columbus Chamber of Commerce is excited to bring the Innovation and Transformation council to our members and to our Central Ohio business community. We look forward to growing the council and hosting events in the future.”

Don DePerro, President & CEO of the Columbus Chamber of Commerce

Our Mission: To advance better practices and unique programming to Chamber members and the Columbus Region business community to promote and encourage change.

Our Vision: To serve as the innovation and transformation thought leaders for small and mid-sized businesses seeking to adapt to new challenges. 

Members of our council are considered disruptors in their respective industries and have adapted their standard approach to business in an effort to elevate their services and products for businesses, consumers, and communities. 

  • We provide access to experts and leaders and offer exclusive insights touching on topics promoting innovation and transformation. We identify needs in our Columbus business community and provide suitable solutions that advance the ideals of change. We facilitate discussions that challenge traditional solutions. 
  • The council’s work will identify limitations to relevant workforce hurdles, focusing on emerging opportunities to invest in inclusive talent pipelines. From Zoom towns to virtual trainings and tapping into global resources, there are noteworthy solutions to our community’s imminent hiring needs. Our council explores workforce through the lens of innovation and transformation. 
  • As a part of its public policy agenda, the Chamber’s Government Relations team will work with the council to advocate for an economic and regulatory environment that encourages innovation, removing regulatory barriers that stand in the way of change. Creating a pro-business climate through legislation and policy is integral to supporting innovation and transformation throughout our business community. 

“Our members have shared their strong focus around Innovation & Transformation. We are excited for the Columbus Chamber of Commerce to share best practices, collaborate, and continue to grow Columbus as a hub for innovation and transformation.”

Srikant Iyer, Innovation & Transformation Council Chair

If you have any questions or would like to learn more please contact Ariana Garvin, Member Resource Specialist at

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About the Columbus Chamber The Columbus Chamber of Commerce is a mission-driven nonprofit organization serving more than 2,200 organizations throughout Central Ohio. The Chamber, founded in 1884, is committed to advancing a thriving Columbus Region and provides support in the areas of research, government affairs, marketing, education and workforce development.