Speakers of 2012
Unlimited Potential Regardless of Age
Patrick is the 28-year-old CEO of PB&J Consultants. Traveling throughout the Midwest, Klein shows off his passion for people, high energy, and inspiring ability to both students and teachers. Mr. Klein has spent his young career using the game of basketball to positively affect all youth. At the young age of 23, Klein was hired at the University of Illinois and became the youngest assistant coach in the Big Ten. Today, Mr. Klein uses his experiences on the basketball court to help coach youth all over the country in the game of LIFE. Ohio State Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach Patrick Klein graduated from The Ohio State University both undergraduate and with an MBA from the Fisher College of Business. A native of Belpre, Ohio, Mr. Klein is committed to bringing opportunity to Appalachian youth and is the creator of the iBELIEVE Foundation, which helps provide students leadership development opportunities.
Jon Nutt and Chris Volpe
Shift the Game
Christopher is a nearly lifelong resident of Columbus, Ohio, Chris has earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography and a Master of Public Health, with dual specializations in Health Behavior and Health Promotion, and Global Health, from The Ohio State University. He’s currently finishing a Master of Health Administration degree and is contemplating pursuing a PhD in Public Policy from the John Glenn School of Public Affairs at OSU. His work and research leverages his experience within the arts, sciences, and humanities with strong leadership to advocate for improved healthcare services, a more effective healthcare delivery system, and the creation of programs and policies aimed at fostering healthy behavior decision making.
Surviving H1N1 & Sepsis: A Story of Resilency and Hope
Jen is from Cincinnati, OH and received a B.S. in Family Studies from Miami University. She is currently a dual degree master’s student at Ohio State and works as a Graduate Teaching Associate in the Human Development and Family science department. She interns at Nationwide Children’s Adolescent Opiate Addiction Clinic and has many research interests. After Graduating from Ohio State, she plans to pursue a Ph. D.
Tale of a Token
An MBA candidate at OSU for international business and applied sustainability, Leanne has interned for JUCCE, the Joint US/Chine Collaboration on Clean Energy in Shanghai, worked on a micro-enterprise project to help empower coffee farmers in Peru and recently completed a project on sustainable infrastructure for the 2016 Olympics in Brazil. She’s involved in Net Impact, an organization dedicated to fostering sustainable and responsible businesses and, in the past, she worked in the non-profit world managing uniquely ME!, The Girl Scout/Dove Self-Esteem Program.
Dr. Paul Janssen
Life, Science and Lego
Paul Janssen is an associate professor in the department of Physiology and Cell Biology at The Ohio State University. His research focuses on the mechanism of cardiac and skeletal muscle contraction in health and disease. He is an avid fan of the LEGO brick, and uses LEGO bricks in scale-model building as well as in free-build sculpture. His most well known piece is a 1:120 scale replica of the “horseshoe”, the Ohio Stadium, build with nearly 1 million LEGO pieces.
Catch the Spark
Born and raised in China, Rui (pronounced Ray) Liang moved to the U.S. for his undergraduate education in 2009. As marketing and logistics at OSU, he is actively involved with the startup community in Columbus and around the world and spends most of his time hanging out at Business Builders Club. Rui loves the world of entrepreneurship, and he is dedicated to alleviating poverty through market-based solutions.
Dreaming Well: Expanding the Heart of Innovation
Mark Palmer is a Principal with Metcalf & Associates, Inc., specializing in leadership development, team building, and organizational effectiveness. He’s also manager of GIS Services for Wendy’s International, Inc. and a founding member of the Integral Institute, a think-tank created to combine progressive academic research with practical applications. He’s and accomplished teacher and has conducted numerous seminars on business leadership aided by social theory. A proud graduate of OSU, his background includes Economics, Social and Behavioral Theory, Cultural Studies, and Anthropology.
Diamonds in the Rust
Liz is a Masters Student at Ohio State with dual degrees in City and Regional Planning and Public Management. She is a Graduate Research Associate at the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity where she works in the Communities of Opportunity Department. Prior to graduate school, Liz was a community organizer at a community development corporation, Working In Neighborhoods (WIN), in Cincinnati where she worked primarily on housing issues such as foreclosure, vacant properties, and predatory lending. Liz graduated from Xavier University in 2008 with a degree in Philosophy, Politics, and the Public. Liz is originally from St. Louis.
The Advantage of Adversity
In March of 2009 Blake Haxton (then a High School senior) contracted a rare form of bacteria called the “Flesh-Eating Disease”. After two days at Riverside Hospital Blake was transferred to Ohio State Medical Center and placed on life support for all major organs. Blake would spend 3 months at Ohio State and endure over 20 surgeries and procedures including the amputation of both of his legs. Upon release from the Hospital in June Blake spent the summer at home and started at Ohio State, on time, in September. Blake Haxton is currently a Junior majoring in Finance.