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As part of the Columbus Commitment, Adopters agree to attend a best practices event on gender and race-based pay equity. This 2018, the first ever Columbus Commitment: From Signature to Action best practices half-day conference was held on May 1st. Over 200 attendees heard from other local adopters implementing best practices and policies as well as gender and race- based pay equity experts. Topics and discussion ranged from detecting & fixing pay gaps, implicit bias, and inclusive leadership to creating modern workplaces and the impact and importance of the #metoo movement’s relationship to pay equity and women’s advancement.

Leadership Breakfast Panel


Mike Kaufmann, Cardinal Health, Julie Nugent, Catalyst, Dr. Michael V. Drake, The Ohio State University, Alex Fischer, Columbus Partnership, and Darci Congrove, GBQ Partners,LLC

Equal Pay-Market Perspectives and Best Practices


Adria Troyer, EY, Jason French EY, Barb Smoot, CWC Pay Equity Committee Chair, and Christine Wilson, EY

Implicit Bias-Aligning Intentions and Outcomes to Achieve Pay Equity


Lena Tenney, Kirwan Institute and Kelly Capatosto, Kirwan Institute

Creating Workplaces that Thrive Panel


Ed Elliott, Huntington, Theresa Harris, TMH Solutions, Eric Karolak, Action for Children, Heather Whaling Geben Communications and Todd Allen, Accenture

For those who weren’t able to attend the event or are still learning about the Commitment and how to get involved, check out the links below to view each of the day’s sessions!

Thank you also to our wonderful and supportive Sponsors, who made this event possible:

Presenting Sponsors:

AEPColumbus Partnership

Huntington L Brands 2

Nationwide OhioHeath


Supporting Sponsors:  

Baker Law Cardinal Health

EMH and T Fawcett Center