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Junior Achievement of OKI Partners, Inc. Announces New Board Members and Associates


(Cincinnati, Ohio:  June 25, 2019) Junior Achievement of OKI Partners, Inc. is pleased to announce Dionne Owens has joined the organization as Program Director for the Cincinnati/Hamilton County Region. Dionne will be responsible for building JA programming in area schools and youth service agencies. Dionne joins JA from United Way of Greater Cincinnati where she was a Senior Associate.

The following individuals have been appointed to the Junior Achievement Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky Board of Directors.

  • Kevin Carter, Member, Frost Brown Todd, LLC
  • Gary Rhodes, CCO, Fifth Third Bank
  • Julian Soell, Managing Director, Delta Air Lines, Airport Operations East.
  • Deatria Walker, State Farm, Agent/Owner

Ladies Sporting Clays and Wine Tasting;  Aiming for Grapeness

May 10th,  Elk Creek Hunt Club. Register Now. 

For wine connoisseurs and sharpshooting amateurs alike, Ladies Sporting Clays & Wine Tasting is always an adventure. Experience the thrill as you compete with 46 other teams, shooting sporting clays in the gorgeous setting of Elk Creek Hunt Club. Afterward, enjoy an elegant reception, hors d'oeuvres, and wine tasting.  Please note that all shooting teams will have a  professional safety instructor to guide them.

Event Schedule
11:00 AM: Registration Opens
12:00 Noon: Lunch, Raffle & Auction
12:30 PM: Saftey Talks
1:00 PM: Shooting Begins
2:30 PM: Reception, Wine Tasting & Hors D'oeuvres

2019 Greater Cincinnati Business Hall of Fame Laureates Announced

Induction Ceremony to be held October 3rd at Cintas Center. 

Sponsorship Opportunities available for those who wish to pay tribute to our honorees. Email for more details Laura Randall-Tepe 

See our Press Release 

Junior Achievement Day in Cincinnati

On April 3, 2019, Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley proclamed it Junior Achievement Day. President Greg Ebel attended the meeting to accept the award and thank the Mayor and Council Members for the recognition. Special thank you to Council Member Amy Murray and her efforts to make this happen for the 100th Anniversary of Junior Achievment. 


 Job Shadow Day

We wish to thank the 56 companies hosting eighth graders for our 2019 Job Shadow Days. Students visited company locations where they toured the facilities, tried their hand at an activity and learned about a day in the life of an employee at the host company. We thought you might enjoy a sample of Thank You Notes from the students

Volunteer Highlights 

Everyday is Volunteer Appreciation Day at Junior Achievement however, during the second weekend in April, we join the Volunteer Appreciation Week movement by highlighting our Super-Volunteers on Social Media.  Follow us on Facebook to see all of our volunteer spotlights 

Inspire 2019

Nearly 4000 9th Graders from 38 schools attended the inaugural INSPIRE Career Expo February 13th and 14th at Duke Energy Convention Center. More than 50 companies representing construction, manufacturing, healthcare, supply chain/logistics and technology presented hands on exhibits demonstrating jobs in their industries. The expo was produced by Junior Achievement of OKI Partners, Inc., with Presenting Sponsor the Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr./U.S. Bank Foundation.

"This event is ideal for ninth-graders because it's such a pivotal grade," said Cincinnati Public Schools Superintendent Laura Mitchell, who also serves on the Junior Achievement board of directors. "Students who can see themselves in a career are more likely to stay in school and make the most out of their high school experience."

More than 6,000 jobs go unfilled every month in the Cincinnati region. Developing the local workforce to fill those in-demand jobs means giving students the resources they need to explore the opportunities that are available to them after high school.

"Our goal is to get students excited and confident about their opportunities for a successful career," said Greg Ebel, president of Junior Achievement.

From riding up and down in a construction lift or completing an obstacle course with hammers and drills, to programming a robot or learning how to administer CPR, students could try some of the actual tasks associated with a job at a given company. The interactive components sparked questions and conversations between students and company representatives, giving them an opportunity to learn about the industry, as well as relevant jobs.

Employer sector sponsors included Elevar Design Group, General Electric, Paycor, TriHealth and Turner Construction. Northern Kentucky University (NKU) and Cincinnati State served as education sponsors. Partner organizations included:

  • United Way of Greater Cincinnati
  • Partners for a Competitive Workforce
  • Workforce Investment Boards of Southwest Ohio
  • Butler, Clermont, Warren Cincinnati USA Chambers of Commerce
  • Northern Kentucky Chamber
  • Navigo
  • The Health Collaborative
News Channels

JA Career Exploration Days begin March 9th in Greater Cincinnati and continue March 22nd in Butler County and March 23rd in Northern Kentucky. 
Thank you to Local12 and Star64 for helping us spread the word that nearly 150 volunteer businesses will be opening their doors to 4,000-8th-grade students. They will be providing a fun and enriching day of activities designed to open the world of possibilities as young people explore their career options.  Watch The Video

District Manager Recieves Chamber of Commerce Award

Outstanding Commitee Memeber

Congratulations to Julie Jolliff for being chosen to receive this year's Outstanding Committee Member for the Business & Education Committee! 
The Wayne County Chamber of Commerce recognized Julie's work and accomplishments in 2017, especially with the launch of the new "JA in a Day" program and working with Eastern Indiana high school seniors to prepare them for the workforce. 


Matthew Jessup

Congratulations to Matt Jessup for being featured in the Cincinnati Business Courier "Top 30 New Bosses to Watch in 2018." Nothing has a greater impact on a company's success that its chief executive officer. CEOs set the tone and vision of their companies. While duties vary, they generally provide strategy and direction, model the company's culture and values, and prioritize the allocation of capital. This past year ushered a wave of more than 50 new leaders across the Tri-State. Courier editors narrowed that list to 30 who they believe will be the most influential in 2018. 
John Goering HOF
On Thursday, October 5th, five new inductees were added to the Greater Cincinnati Business Hall of Fame. Those honored at the ceremony include John Goering, Bill Liggett*, Christian Moerlein*, Gilbert Richards*, and Phyllis Sewell*. The event was hosted at the Xavier University Cintas Center and recognizes leaders in Cincinnati for their business and community involvement.
*honored posthumously 


Wright Patt FCU


Wright-Patt Credit Union Announces 2017-18 Sunshine Community Champions Credit Union's Goal is to raise $225,000 to support two area organizations. Read more      
Peoples Bank Donation
Darin Winterbotham, Vice  President, Commercial Banking, Peoples Bank, Springboro, Ohio, presents $1,000 grant check to Dan Trick. JA Dayton district manager. Peoples Bank has $3.4B in assets and is dedicated to the development of southern Montgomery, Warren, Brown, Butler, Clinton and Clermont counties in southwest Ohio.
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