8:00 – 8:30 Registration & Continental Breakfast
8:30 – 8:45 Welcome and Event Opening
Daniel Juday – Director, Ohio Diversity Council
8:45 – 9:30 Session #1: Zip Code Matters
Michael Marsh – President & CEO, The Fair Housing Center
9:30 – 10:40 Session #2: Law & Order – Fair Housing Policy in Action*
Moderator: Patricia Wise – Attorney, Spengler Nathanson
Diane Citrino – Partner, Giffen & Kaminski LLC
Michelle Heyer – Assistant US Attorney, United States Attorney’s Office
Stephen Dane – Partner, Relman, Dane & Colfax PLLC
*This course has been approved by the Supreme Court of Ohio Commission on Continuing Legal Education for 1.25 total CLE hours instruction.
10:40 – 10:50 Break
10:50 – 12:00 Session #3: Changes and Challenges – The Current State of Fair Housing
Moderator: Vincent Curry – Executive Director, Fair Housing Advocates Association
Jeniece Jones – Executive Director, Housing Opportunities Made Equal of Greater Cincinnati
Carrie Pleasants – Executive Director, Housing Research & Advocacy Center
Darlene Sweeney-Newbern – Director of Regional Operations, Ohio Civil Rights Commission
12:00 – 1:25 Lunch Keynote – Richard Rothstein
1:25 – 2:35 Session #4: Another 50 Years – The Future of Fair Housing
Moderator: Katy Crosby – Chief of Staff, City of Toledo
George Thomas – Attorney, Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, Inc.
Lisa Rice – President and CEO, National Fair Housing Alliance
Ralph Smithers – Associate and Community Engagement, The Motorists Insurance Group
2:35 – 2:45 Break
2:45 – 3:00 Session #5: Discrimination, Belonging, and Success
Dr. Terrell Strayhorn – Professor & Founder/CEO, Do Good Work Educational Consulting LLC
3:00 – 3:30 WIMBY Campaign Launch
Diana Patton – Speaker, Social Justice and Integrative Health Advocacy Coach, Author & Attorney
3:30 – 4:00 Book signing with Richard Rothstein

Presenting Sponsor

Westfield Insurance



This presentation explores the connection between zip codes and the forecast for life outcomes. People who live in high opportunity areas tend to have access to better education, jobs and healthcare, while those who live in underserved areas make less money, have shorter lifespans, and are more likely to suffer from substance abuse, disease, and higher incarceration rates during their lifetimes. By identifying and addressing these disparities, fair housing helps to build more diverse, vibrant communities, where everyone has the chance to thrive.


Fair Housing is as much about policy and legal action as it is about anything else. This panel features legal voices working on the front lines of this conversation, working to resolve disputes over everything from public nuisance ordinances to policy and legislative updates.


While the challenges of people seeking fair housing solutions are as diverse as they are, there are some common themes that fair housing organizations are addressing across the state. Recognized and experienced fair housing leaders will discuss these themes and trends, and how they are combating them.


This is an opportunity to explore how each of us, particularly business owners and leaders, have an ownership stake in the fair housing conversation. Companies are increasingly seeking to be good community citizens, and community development and preservation is an integral part of the work of creating a vibrant and diverse city, and workforce.


At its core, fair housing is about creating belonging – in a home, in a community, and in a city. Dr. Terrell Strayhorn is an acclaimed researcher, writer, and presenter around belonging as a key component to success. His talk will “zoom us out” from thinking about fair housing as only an issue of home ownership, and will help us understand it as something we are all stakeholders in and guardians of.

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