May 14, 2013
BRIDGES for Just Community recognizes Chamber staff, initiatives
Bringing people and perspectives together is just one of roles of the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber. Last week, this work was recognized by BRIDGES for a Just Community, and we congratulate Jessica Baron, senior director of leadership initiatives. Baron was one of six individuals awarded BRIDGES' prestigious Service Citation for, according to Gus Perdikakis, Chair, BRIDGES, being "exemplary 'champions of inclusion' who've made significant contributions to the improvement of human relations in the community."
Baron joins Mark Curnutte, Jan-Michele Lemon Kearney, Catherine Roma, and Anthony Simms-Howsell & Julieta Maria Simms.
Additionally, the work of Agenda 360, led by executive director Mary Stagaman, was recognized as a Collaborative Partnership finalist in the BRIDGES' Tri-State Regional Workplace Inclusion Award. The award recognizes the individuals and organizations that champion inclusion through their mission and daily work in our region.
Agenda 360 is the regional action plan designed to transform Cincinnati into a leading metropolitan region for talent, jobs and economic opportunity for all who call the region home by the year 2020. The goals of Agenda 360 are talent and job retention and attraction; key measures of the action plan are the creation of 200K net new jobs, attraction of 150K young professionals by 2020, and to support the United Way's Bold Goal of 90% employment by 2020.
In December 2012, Agenda 360, Vision 2015 and the Chamber presented the Fifth Third Bank Leadership Symposium: Creating a Competitive Advantage through Diversity and Inclusion. Andrés Tapia, author and international thought leader on diversity and inclusion, keynoted the event. The symposium included the release of Diverse by Design, a Regional Indicators Report commissioned by Agenda 360 and Vision 2015 to measure our region's overall diversity and inclusion, and concluded with a call to join targeted action joins to increase the amount of diversity and degree of inclusion in our region.
As senior director, Baron is responsible for the Women Excel (WE) and HYPE Programs, Leadership Cincinnati and Leadership Exchange. Jessica is a committed advocate for young professionals and women, overseeing C-Change and WE Lead, both leadership programs with a focus on professional development and community engagement with the goal of retaining young talent in the Cincinnati area. She currently serves on the Jewish Community Relations Council and the concert:nova board of directors.
She has served in executive roles in the insurance industry and the media, including Marsh USA, Prime Time Communications, Anthem Blue and Blue Shield and Accordia. Honored as Leading Woman in 2008, she and her husband are members of Adath Israel Congregation and reside in Walnut Hills.