Empowerment Day

The fourth annual Empowerment Day Conference was held on March 7, 2020.

With incredible keynote speakers and breakout sessions facilitated by successful business professionals, nearly 200 aspiring business professionals came away from the event feeling empowered, enlightened and better connected with alumni and Cincinnati's business community.

Thanks to all the partners, faculty, staff and students who made it such a great success.

Keynote Speakers

Marianne Lewis Headshot

Marianne W. Lewis, PhD, is the tenth dean and professor of management at the Carl H. Lindner College of Business University of Cincinnati. Previously, she has served as dean of the Cass Business School, City, University of London and as a UK Fulbright. Lewis has earned numerous teaching and research awards throughout her academic career. An international expert on organizational paradoxes, her research explores tensions and competing demands surrounding leadership and innovation. She applies her renowned paradox lens across such diverse contexts as strategy, product development, organizational change, governance and technology implementation. Her paper, “Exploring paradox: Toward a more comprehensive guide,” received the Academy of Management Review Best Paper Award in 2000 and is among the most cited in the field. Her work appears in such top journals as the Harvard Business Review, Academy of Management Journal, Organization Science, Journal of Operations Management, and Human Relations. Lewis earned her MBA from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University and PhD from the Gatton College of Business and Economics at the University of Kentucky.

Julia Poston Head Shot

Julia Poston is the Cincinnati Office Managing Partner at Ernst & Young LLP (EY), with over 35 years of public accounting experience. Julia is responsible for leading and executing the firm’s markets, client and people strategiesin the Cincinnati area. She focuses on serving clients in a variety of industries including financial services, private equity and real estate. Julia also serves as EY’s Central Region Center for Board Matters (CBM) Leader, responding to increased demand from board members seeking insight on critical and timely issues related to board governance, structure, best practices, etc.

Julia is passionate about involvement in the community, serving as the co-chair of the Cincinnati Regional Business Committee and chair/founder of the Cincinnati Women’s Executive Forum. She also has served on the board of the Cincinnati Museum Center, United Way of Greater Cincinnati, Cintrifuse, REDI Cincinnati, Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Cincinnati, Inc., Child Poverty Collaborative, and YWCA.

Title Sponsor

Thank you to our title sponsor, Johnson Investment Counsel

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