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2017-2018 Workshop Speakers

Perry K. Jeffries III

Perry K. Jeffries III

Your Personal CFO and Coaching Specialist

Perry’s unique blend of expertise in both the areas of fitness and finance coupled with his ability to combine and create a unified solution to improve them simultaneously makes his presentations invaluable. He has 28 combined years of experience as a Financial Advisor and Personal Trainer.

Perry has managed over $70 million in client assets and has also managed a personal real-estate portfolio of over $4 million.

Perry founded Phy-nancially Fit LLC in 2012. “Phy-nancially Fit LLC looks to impact the lives of Entrepreneurs and Individuals by showing them how to increase their income, energy and efficiency by creating customized financial, wellness and growth plans, so that they can one day retire Healthy and Wealthy.”

Perry currently Holds a Series 7 License (Securities License), Series 66 License (Investment Advisor), Life / Health / Annuity Licenses (Insurance License), has a CRPC (Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor) Designation through the College of Financial Planning and is Currently working on the CPFA (Certified Pension Fiduciary Advisor) Designation.

In the areas of fitness, Perry has held the CSCS (Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist) certification through the NSCA (National Strength and Conditioning Association) and still holds the PES (Performance Enhancement Specialist) certification through the NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine).

In addition, Perry is also a member of the John Maxwell Global Leadership Team. He has earned the certification of an Independent Speaker, Coach and Trainer with the John Maxwell Team.

Allen J. Proctor

Allen J. Proctor

Allen J. Proctor believes that social enterprise is the future path for nonprofits to be sustainable and meet the needs of our communities. To foster that vision, he has founded the Center for Social Enterprise Development, and the Community Investment Network of Central Ohio (CINCO), where he is the president and CEO and Chief Advocate, respectively. Allen has over 30 years of experience evaluating the financial health of organizations, developing effective business strategies, and enhancing organizational effectiveness. His consulting firm, Linking Mission to Money, has helped Central Ohio nonprofits to thrive and focus on mission since 2001.

Allen has worked as a top executive at institutions as diverse as Harvard University (CFO and Vice President for Finance), New York City (Deputy Budget Director), New York State Financial Control Board (Executive Director), and Federal Reserve Bank of New York (Division Chief).

Allen earned his A.B. magna cum laude from Harvard University and his Ph.D. in economics and forecasting from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

A regular columnist on nonprofit issues for Columbus Business First, Allen has taught budgeting and finance at the Kennedy School of Government of Harvard University and at the Graduate School of Business of Columbia University and twice served as a reviewer for the prestigious Innovations program sponsored by the Ford Foundation. Allen is an accomplished author of numerous journal articles and publications and two books, Linking Mission to Money®, Second Edition, Finance for Nonprofit Leaders and More Than Just Money: Practical and Provocative Steps to Nonprofit Success.

Felicia Farrar

Felicia Farrar

Felicia Farrar, a 14-year veteran of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), currently serves as an Internal Revenue Agent for the Large Business & International business unit. In this role, Felicia coordinates and manages examinations and investigations of complex federal income tax returns filed by large businesses. This includes entities with extensive subsidiaries, diversified business activities, multiple partners with national and/or international operations and ownerships.

Previously Felicia served as the Admin/Fund Coordinator for the City of Houston, where she managed $6M in HUD and Housing Opportunities for People with HIV/AIDS (HOPWA) funds. Her work also led to the refund of $1M to the City of Houston via previously undiscovered unallowable spending.

Felicia holds a Masters of Business Administration and Bachelor of Science in Accounting. She also holds a Post Graduate Accounting Certificate from Texas Woman University, as well as her Associate’s degree from Kent State University. Felicia is a Certified Public Accountant, licensed in both Texas and Delaware, as well as a Certified Fraud Examiner.

Felicia is currently the President of the Houston Chapter of the Association of Government Accountants (AGA). In 2016, she received the AGA National Chapter President Award and Western Region Outstanding Member. She has served as the Chair of the National Association of Black Accountants – Center for Legislative Studies, and in 2010 she was honored to be recognized as the NABA’s National Outstanding Member.

Lauren Edwards

Lauren Edwards

Owner, Next Step Business Consulting

Working to Alleviate Poverty by using our skills to help you achieve your Vision.

From start to finish, any project can use an expert at the wheel. Lauren brings years of experience leading teams to success, doing everything from individual project design, creating and implementing overall business plans, to full logistics overhauls. Having spent much of her career in the business and non-profit space starting and running successful social enterprise, Lauren works with individuals and organizations looking to use traditional business practices to solve social issues.

Utilizing skills gained through professional experience as well as while earning her Masters degree in City and Regional Planning from The Ohio State University, Lauren is a trusted partner who will work tirelessly to help you achieve your goals.

Lauren lives in Grandview Heights with her 3 daughters, husband, and dogs. In her spare time she loves cooking, exercising, and playing outside with her kids!

Matt Van Jura

Matt Van Jura

Matt Van Jura serves as the Assistant Director of Leadership and Community Engagement at Ohio State. In his professional role, Matt oversees student leadership development programs (including LeaderShape and the Student Leadership Advocates cohort program); civic engagement initiatives (including OSU Votes), and coordinates Ohio State’s participation in the Multi-Institutional Study of Leadership. He also teaches classes through the College of Education and Human Ecology as part of the university’s Leadership Studies Minor.

Outside of work, Matt enjoys running, cycling and following the Ohio State/Cleveland sports teams. He has provided consulting to organizations including the Columbus YWCA, Pelotonia, Moms2B, Nationwide Children’s Hospital, and the Ohio State College of Social Work.

Matt has a BA in Political Science from Ohio State, a Master of Education from the University of Vermont, and is currently a third-year Ph.D. student in education.

Mark Barbash

Mark Barbash

Mark Barbash has 30 years of experience in economic development, at the local, state and federal levels, in both the public and private sectors. In addition to serving as an Instructor at The Ohio State University John Glenn College for Public Service, Mark has worked with a number of organizations through his consulting practice, including JobsOhio (the state economic development partnership), the Council of Development Finance Agencies, Finance Fund (A CDFI & New Markets Tax Credit CDE), the Northeast Ohio Sustainable Communities Consortium, Columbus 2020, The City of Beachwood, the Dorchester Bay Economic Development Corporation (Boston), focusing on project development, strategic planning and CEDs, development financing, and new program development.

Mark is a nationally recognized economic development trainer and speaker, having trained over the years for IEDC, EDI, many state economic development courses, the Small Business Administration, NASA, and a wide range of ED associations.

Mark’s professional career includes the National Development Council, Finance Fund, Development Director for the City of Columbus (Ohio), Chief Economic Development Officer and Assistant Director for Financing and Industrial Development for the Ohio Department of Development, Director of Columbus Countywide Development Corporation (a high volume SBA 504 CDC and micro lender), and Miller & Schroeder Investment Banking. Mark received the IEDC Fellow Member designation. He is also a recipient of the Small Business Administration’s Financial Services Advocate of the Year recognition.

Kay Coughlin

Kay Coughlin

CEO, Donor Relations Mindset LLC

J. Kay Coughlin, Facilitator on Fire, has over 20 years of experience helping organizations solve problems, build relationships with people, and raise money. Kay’s career focus has been on making the most out of limited resources through planning and development.

Kay is highly skilled in facilitating difficult conversations that most people get stuck on or would prefer to avoid, helping businesses effectively answer hard questions in real time.

"What keeps you up at night?" is a question Kay asks a lot. Everyone has a different answer, from "Why do we keep having this problem on almost every order?" to, "We have a product to launch!" to, "I want my employees to solve their own problems instead of running to me every time they need something!" Facilitator on Fire services help teams work together, work better, and find their best answers - fast.

Kay started Donor Relations Mindset LLC in 2015 and offers Facilitator on Fire services to help businesses solve problems and take action! She lives with her husband and children in central Ohio.

Kay can be found on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/jkcoughlin, on Twitter: @FacilitatorOF, and online at FacilitatorOnFire.net.

Farooq Busari

Farooq Busari

Farooq Busari serves as the IBM Client Executive for State of Ohio Government and Education. In this role, he is responsible for revenue, profit and client satisfaction for IBM clients in Ohio. His coverage and growth strategy are focused on initiatives for cognitive technology, IBM cloud, data and analytics, and mobile. Farooq is known for his ability to strategically visualize, and relentlessly execute with his clients.

Prior to joining IBM, Farooq founded and managed social ventures that served communities in North America and West Africa. Under Farooq’s leadership, Shakepoverty Foundation, a non-profit that unites, inspires and empowers students to actively support the end of extreme poverty, expanded its operations in North America while funding projects that improved sanitation in Ikaram Millennium Village South West, Nigeria.

Farooq received his BA in Economics from Ohio Wesleyan University, holds a certificate in General Management from Stanford Graduate School of Business, and a MBA from The Ohio State University. Farooq is currently a board member at Ohio Wesleyan University’s Woltemade Center for Management, Economics and Entrepreneurship, and serves as a strategy and social impact-investing consultant for private and non-profit organizations. His work has benefited organizations such as The Tony Wells Foundation, where Farooq built and designed a non-profit executive education course on social impact investing.

Ashley L. Pryor

Ashley L. Pryor

Interim Director, Department of Social Change, The Ohio State University

Ashley L. Pryor is the Interim Director for the Department of Social Change at The Ohio State University. Ashley is from Westerville, Ohio and a two-time graduate of The Ohio State University, receiving both her Bachelors of Science in Education and Masters of Art in Higher Education and Student Affairs.

As a student Ashley was a scholar athlete, won a Big Ten Championship with The Ohio State Women’s Rowing Team in 2011, presented her 2014 documentary, “Why the Caged Bird Sings- Critiquing Critical Race Theory in Higher Education” and in 2015 authored an article “Impact of College Athletics Involvement on African American Male Student- Athletes’ Career Development” in which she presented locally and nationally.

Before she joined the Social Change team in August 2016, she was an Assistant Director for College Alumni Affairs at Ohio State’s Alumni Association. Ashley managed, 19 states on the west, with 65,000 living alumni.

Lastly, Ashley is an instructor for the Women’s Leadership and Civic Engagement Course and Leadership for Social Change: School to Prison Pipeline. Additionally, she is a STEP faculty member. Ashley is an advocate for social justice, literacy, and women’s leadership development and rights.

Osei Appiah

Osei Appiah

Dr. Appiah is a renowned communication and race scholar who has written and lectured about the impact of strategic communication messages in media on ethnic minorities, and the role stereotypes play on intergroup interaction. His research program attempts to provide a better understanding of the theoretical underpinnings and psychological mechanisms at work when people are exposed to ethnic-specific messages in the media. He also examines advertising effects on ethnic minority audiences, and the impact of cultural identity on audiences’ responses to advertising and strategic communication messages.

Dr. Appiah has co-edited the book, Advertising & Persuasion in a Diverse World. He also has published in leading academic journals such as: Journal of Communication, Human Communication Research, Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, Communication Research, Journal of Advertising Research, Journal of Current Issues & Research in Advertising, Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media, Health Communication, Media Psychology, Journal of Applied Social Psychology, and The Howard Journal of Communications.

Dr. Appiah was former Chair of the Department of Advertising at Temple University, and has served as Head of the Advertising Division of the Association for Education in Journalism & Mass Communication (AEJMC). He has won teaching awards and several research paper awards.

Dr. Appiah holds a B.A. in communication from Santa Clara University, an M.S. in communication from Cornell University, and a Ph.D. in communication from Stanford University. His professional experience includes market research at Yankelovich Partners, Inc., product marketing and customer research at Apple Computer, Inc., and sports marketing at Nike, Inc. He has also worked as a professor-in-residence and a multi-cultural media consultant for Ogilvy & Mather advertising agency in New York.

Erin Halleran

Erin Halleran

Erin Halleran is a Finance student with a Leadership Studies minor graduating in May 2018 from The Ohio State University. In 2014, she began her OSU experience in the inaugural class of the Innovation, Creativity, & Entrepreneurship Scholars. She is also a member of the Student Leadership Advocates, Honors Cohort in Fisher College of Business, Alleviating Poverty Through Entrepreneurship, and the Ohio Prison Entrepreneurship Program.

Erin had a range of professional experiences, beginning with interning at the second-chance employer Hot Chicken Takeover. Erin then served as FUSIAN's Bookkeeper, intern at ds-connex, Operations Manager for Housepitality, LLC, and intern at the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Erin has traveled to Nicaragua for a global public health initiative, Australia for an entrepreneurship intensive, and Brazil for a cultural immersion trip. In her free time, she visits family in Indiana, Pennsylvania, and Virginia with her dog, Otto.

Michael Robinson

Michael Robinson

Michael is the AVP of Leadership and Planned Giving for United Way of Central Ohio. He is responsible for building and maintaining relationships with leadership level donors. In addition, he is helping to drive the strategy for Planned Giving efforts. Before joining United Way of Central Ohio, he served as a Senior Consultant of Strategy and Planning for Nationwide Financial. Prior to Nationwide, Michael held leadership positions with Chase, MCI, TruGreen and National Data Corporation in Atlanta. Michael is a graduate of Ohio Dominican University where he graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BS in Business Administration. He is known as a consummate communicator with exemplary verbal and written communication skills. He has effectively leveraged his ability to quickly master and utilize complex concepts to acquire, grow and retain accounts for more than 20 years in corporate America as well as in the nonprofit arena. His work in the community has benefited multiple local nonprofit organizations, including Leadership Columbus, Big Brothers Big Sisters and the American Red Cross. He is married to Debbie Robinson and they are the proud parents of four beautiful daughters.