Program Details: 

The mission of the Ohio Tourism Leadership Academy is to provide education, resources and networks needed to develop travel professionals for the state of Ohio. Throughout the course, participants network and learn alongside other tourism professionals within the class as well as guest speakers from around the state. 

This program is perfectly tailored for those new to the travel industry, as well as for those wanting to dig deeper. Discover challenges and opportunities unique to the travel industry, and be inspired to execute your value and vision in your career.

Connect to peers in the industry who are currently leading the way, as they introduce you to industry issues and opportunities in such a way that solutions can be envisioned. Gain a basic understanding of the roles and responsibilities of becoming a leader in your organization, community and the state. Build a network of industry colleagues. 

Class members have included those from attractions, museums, theme parks, DMOs, local government, state agencies, federal legislators, community development offices, restaurants, hotels and more. 

Tuition for 2023:

Ohio Travel Association Members: $875
Non-Members: $950

What You Can Expect:

The program consists of six in-person sessions held in central Ohio, January through June 2024. Click the link above for dates and details. 

  • An elite and prestigious program built around pertinent topics you need to know
  • Topics and education that you'll take with you into your career that you'll remember for years to come
  • Mentoring and an instant network of professionals who want you to succeed
  • Uncovering tourism inside and out
  • Networking with peers and decision-makers in the tourism industry

If you have any questions about the program, please contact Melinda Huntley at mhuntley@ohiotravel.org.

Class of 2023

2023 Graduates

Tiffany Kirkbride, Visit Grove City

Truda Shinker, Ohio History Connection

Terri Herron, Cambridge/Guernsey County VCB

Jennifer Downey, Ashtabula County CVB

Christine Best, Visit Perrysburg

Dana Jaworski, Commonwealth Hotels - Fairfield Inn and Suites

Scott Hutchinson, Warren County CVB

Laura Barfield, Visit Cincy

Liz Merriell, Athens County VB

Teresa Breckenridge, Visit Grove City

Chandler Grooms, Pike County Chamber of Commerce & Tourism

Whitney May, Longs Retreat Family Resort

Chelsa Slutz, Carroll County Chamber of Commerce

Marissa Muniz-Kolhoff, Wood County History Museum

Tielle Miller, Carroll County CVB

Delaney Fields, Miami County VCB

Joel Prince, Athens County VB

Karen Hopkinson, Great Lakes Publishing

Taylor Sigler, Holmes County Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau

Kat Patterson, Visit BG Ohio

Karly Dwenger, Travel Butler County

Leslianne Lake, Visit Canton

Brandy Gleason, Gleason Family Adventure

Katie Montz, Lake County Ohio Visitors Bureau

Sarah Crock, Experience Columbus

Polly Van Dyke, Ohio History Connection

Questions about OTLA? Contact Melinda Huntley at mhuntley@ohiotravel.org

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