• Mark your calendar for the sixth annual Empowering Local Leadership Conference Thursday, June 7 and Friday, June 8, 2018 in Washington, D.C.

  • The sixth annual Empowering Local Leadership Conference Thursday evening cocktail reception is presented by Dominion and Westfield Group.

  • The sixth annual Empowering Local Leadership Conference in partnership with the Northeast Ohio Mayors and City Managers Association and the Cuyahoga County Mayors and City Managers Association.

Presented by the Greater Cleveland Partnership with special guests Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge, Congressman Dave Joyce, Congressman Jim Renacci, and Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur and in partnership with the Northeast Ohio Mayors and City Managers Association and the Cuyahoga County Mayors and City Managers Association. The conference will include:

  • Legislative forum for business attendees
  • Opening night reception
  • Breakfast with members of the Ohio Congressional delegation
  • Presentations on how local governments can leverage federal resources in their communities


Registration for the Empowering Local Leadership Conference includes 2 registrations for the event. All conference attendees are responsible for their travel and accommodations. If you have any questions please contact events@gcpartnership.com or 216-592-2390


Schedule subject to change. The Thursday evening Cocktail Reception as well as the Friday conference program are typically for adults only. 

Thursday, June 7

     1:00 – 2:00 pm
  White House Conference
    Featured Speakers will be announced soon
    The White House 
1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20500

*There will be a security checkpoint. Please arrive 45 minutes early*

5:30 – 7:00 pm   Welcome Reception
Hart Senate Office Building Room 902
120 Constitution Ave. NE
Washington, D.C. 20002

*There will be a security checkpoint. Please arrive 30 minutes early*

Friday, June 8

8:30 am – 9:00 am   Ohio Delegation Breakfast
    Rayburn House Office Building Room 2043, 2044, 2045
45 Independence Ave. SW
Washington, D.C. 20515

*There will be a security checkpoint. Please arrive 30 minutes early*

9:00 – 9:45 am   Remarks from Members of Ohio Delegation

    Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge
11th District of Ohio

Congressman Dave Joyce
14th District of Ohio

Congressman Jim Renacci
16th District of Ohio

Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur
9th District of Ohio

9:45 am - 12:00 pm    Keynote and Conference Sessions

9:45 - 10:00 am     steny hoyer
    Congressman Steny Hoyer
House Democratic Whip
U.S. House of Representatives

10:00 - 10:30 am     Linda McMahon
    Linda McMahon 
Small Business Administration

10:30 - 11:00 am     pelosi
    Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi
Minority Leader
U.S. House of Representatives

11:00 - 11:30 am     kevin mccarthy
    Congressman Kevin McCarthy
Majority Leader
U.S. House of Representatives

11:30 am - 12:30 pm     Lunch Served

11:30 am - 12:00 pm    amazon 
    Paul Misener
Vice President Global Innovation Policy and Communication
12:00 am - 12:30 pm     Sean Fearns
    Sean Fearns
Chief of Community Outreach
360 Program
Drug Enforcement Administration

12:30 pm   Conference Concludes


Rayburn House Office Building Room 2203
45 Independence Ave. SW
Washington, D.C. 20515

*There will be a security checkpoint. Please arrive 30 minutes early*
Rayburn House Office Building Room 2203
45 Independence Ave. SW
Washington, D.C. 20515

*There will be a security checkpoint. Please arrive 30 minutes early*

Special Guest Bios

Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge - 11th District of Ohio

Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge has represented the people of the 11th Congressional District of Ohio since 2008. She is a committed public servant who brings a hard-working, problem-solving spirit to Congress and to the task of creating jobs, protecting safety net programs, and improving access to quality public education, health care and healthy foods.
Congresswoman Fudge serves on the House Committee on Agriculture and the House Committee on Education and the Workforce. She is the Ranking Member on the Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education. She is also a member of several Congressional Caucuses and immediate past Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus. In 2014, she became an original co-chair of the Democrats for Public Education.
Congresswoman Fudge has served the people of Ohio for more than two decades, beginning with the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office. She was the first African American and the first female mayor of Warrensville Heights. She earned her bachelor’s degree in business from The Ohio State University and law degree from the Cleveland State University Cleveland-Marshall School of Law.


Congressman Dave Joyce - 14th District of Ohio

Congressman Dave Joyce was first elected to represent the 14th District of Ohio in 2012. Dave serves on the House Committee on Appropriations, where he makes it a priority to reduce the scope and size of government and protect American tax dollars.
In 2013, Dave voted to put Washington on a budget for the first time in five years. He introduced the SAVE Act, which would cut $200 billion in government waste and duplicative programs, and continues to lead bipartisan efforts to protect the Great Lakes.
Dave graduated from West Geauga High School and went on to receive his BA in Accounting and law degree from The University of Dayton. He previously served as the Geauga County Prosecuting Attorney, where he built a reputation as being a protector of both Geauga County families and Geauga County taxpayers. Dave made it a priority to provide the highest quality legal work in the most cost-efficient manner possible.


Congressman Jim Renacci - 16th District of Ohio

Congressman Jim Renacci was elected in 2010 and is serving his third term representing the 16th district of Ohio. Currently he serves on the House Ways and Means Committee and the House Budget Committee.
Jim grew up in a working class, union family and was the first in his family to graduate from college. In 1980 he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. After graduation, Jim became a Certified Public Accountant. Throughout his 30-year business career, he owned and operated over 60 entities, created more than 1,500 jobs and employed over 3,000 people.
In addition to his work as a private sector business owner, Jim has also dedicated much of his life to public service. In 2004, Jim was elected Mayor of Wadsworth after serving two terms as City Council President. For Jim, serving in Congress is an opportunity to give back to his country and his community, while seeking to advance the common sense conservative principles to restore strength to our economy and accountability to our government.


Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur - 9th District of Ohio

Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur is currently serving her seventeenth term in the U.S. House of Representatives. She is the senior-most woman in the House and the longest-serving woman from Ohio in history. 

A native Toledoan, lives in the same modest house where she grew up. She is a Polish-American with humble, working class roots. Her family operated a small grocery store and her mother later served on the original organizing committee of a trade union at the Champion Spark Plug factory in Toledo.

Dedicated to the principle that fiscal responsibility begins in "one's own backyard," Congresswoman Kaptur has consistently returned money to the federal Treasury. She refuses to accept Congressional pay raises and donates them to offset the federal deficit and charitable causes in her home community.

Congressman Steny Hoyer - House Democratic Whip

In the Fifth Congressional District, Congressman Steny H. Hoyer is a tireless fighter for economic development and a leader in creating jobs. He has helped create and save nearly 23,000 jobs by supporting federal facilities and associated businesses located in and around the Fifth District, including NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Patuxent River Naval Air Station, the Naval Surface Warfare Center at Indian Head, the Beltsville Agricultural Research Center, the FDA at White Oak, and the future NOAA Center for Weather and Climate Prediction in College Park.

Congressman Hoyer shepherded the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) to overwhelming approval in the House in 1990. This landmark civil rights legislation, signed into law on July 26, 1990 by President George H.W. Bush, has helped millions of disabled Americans enter the workforce, achieve independence and go as far as their talents take them. In 2008, Congressman Hoyer also led the effort to pass the ADA Amendments Act, which allows millions of Americans with disabilities to benefit from the ADA’s original intent of inclusion.

Congressman Hoyer and his wife, the late Judith Pickett Hoyer, have three daughters: Susan, Stefany, and Anne; son-in-law Loren Taylor; grandchildren Judy, James Cleveland, and Alexa; and great-grandchildren Ava and Braedon.

Administrator Linda McMahon - U.S. Small Business Administration

Linda McMahon serves as the 25th Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). As a member of President Trump’s cabinet, she advocates on behalf of the 30 million small businesses in America. She leads a team of professionals dedicated to ensuring entrepreneurs have the support and tools they need to start, grow and succeed in business, specifically through access to capital and federal contracting opportunities; counseling and mentorship; and financial assistance following  declared disasters. 

An entrepreneur and business executive herself, McMahon is the co-founder and former chief executive officer of WWE, based in Stamford, Connecticut. She helped grow WWE from a 13-person regional operation to a publicly traded global enterprise with more than 800 employees in offices worldwide. 

McMahon has been a longtime advocate for women in leadership and business and has been widely recognized as one of the country’s top female executives. She stepped down as CEO of WWE in 2009 to run for the U.S. Senate and was the Republican nominee to represent the people of Connecticut in 2010 and 2012.

McMahon is a graduate of East Carolina University. She and her husband, Vince, have two adult children and six grandchildren.

Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi - U.S. House of Representatives

Nancy Pelosi is the Democratic Leader of the U.S. House of Representatives for the 115th Congress.  From 2007 to 2011, Pelosi served as Speaker of the House, the first woman to do so in American history.  In 2013, she was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame at a ceremony in Seneca Falls. For 30 years, Leader Pelosi has represented San Francisco, California's 12th District, in Congress.  She has led House Democrats for more than 12 years and previously served as House Democratic Whip.

Working in partnership with President Obama, Speaker Pelosi led passage of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act in early 2009 to create and save millions of jobs, provide relief for American families, and provide a tax cut to 95 percent of working Americans. She also achieved passage of historic health insurance reform legislation in the House which establishes a Patients’ Bill of Rights and will provide insurance for tens of millions more Americans while lowering health care costs over the long term.  In the 111th Congress, Speaker Pelosi also led the Congress in passing strong Wall Street reforms to rein in big banks and protect consumers. 

Additional key legislation passed into law included the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act to restore the ability of women and all workers to access our judicial system to fight pay discrimination; legislation to provide health care for 11 million American children; national service legislation; and hate crimes legislation. 

She graduated from Trinity College in Washington, D.C. She and her husband, Paul Pelosi, a native of San Francisco, have five grown children and nine grandchildren.

Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy 
- U.S. House of Representatives

Kevin McCarthy proudly serves as Representative for California’s 23rd Congressional District and as the Majority Leader of the United States House of Representatives. Kevin believes in a strong, fiscally responsible, and free America where every person has the opportunity to achieve the American Dream.

In Washington, Kevin fights every day for the constituents of California’s 23rd District and for the future of America with the simple promise: to have the courage to lead with the wisdom to listen. Kevin has led the fight to reduce government spending to protect future generations from carrying the burden of Washington’s irresponsible choices. During his time in the House Leadership, year-over-year spending on the federal budget was cut for the first time since the Korean War. In 2015, Republicans secured the first entitlement reform in decades – saving taxpayers over $2.9 trillion.

As Majority Leader, Kevin has a unique ability to bring people together to solve problems and deliver meaningful results. Throughout his office, there is a mantra: have the wisdom to listen and the courage to lead.

Kevin married his high school sweetheart, Judy. They still live in the first house they bought together – the Bakersfield home where they raised their two children, Connor and Meghan.

Paul Misener - Vice President, Global Policy Innovation and Communication, Amazon

Paul Misener is Amazon’s Vice President for Global Innovation Policy and Communications. An Amazon VP for nearly 18 years, Paul is an engineer (B.S., Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Princeton University); an attorney (Juris Doctor, George Mason University School of Law); and an inventor credited in three patents. Paul has given many hundreds of public speeches and interviews, and has testified to policymakers around the world, including over 30 times before the U.S. Congress. He describes and advocates Amazon’s culture and methods of customer-obsessed innovation, particularly in the context of Amazon’s Leadership Principles.

Sean Fearns - Chief of Community Outreach, Drug Enforcement Administration

Sean Fearns serves as the Chief of Community Outreach for DEA since 2015, a position that includes management of the DEA Museum as well as the DEA Community Outreach and Prevention Support section. In this capacity Sean is responsible for guiding a diverse and creative staff to develop and implement strategic national partnerships with other organizations which help educate the public on the current drug threats facing the country, communicate key Administration drug prevention messages, and reduce the demand for those drugs, including implementing the DEA 360 Strategy.

Sean was hired by the Drug Enforcement Administration in 1998 as part of the team in the Office of Public Affairs that developed and opened the DEA Museum in 1999. During the eighteen years that Sean has been associated with the DEA Museum, the Museum has undergone significant enhancements with an expanded changing exhibit gallery in 2002; a nationally-traveling exhibit on the costs and consequences of drug abuse; a trio of international traveling exhibits in Afghanistan; an organized and professional archive; a growing permanent collection of photographs, documents, and objects; an improved gift shop and e-commerce operation; many smaller temporary exhibits; a dynamic website; a major renovation and expansion of the Museum’s permanent gallery in 2013; and an organized marketing effort resulting in sustained increases in visitors to the DEA Museum.

FAQ & Travel

All attendees of the Empowering Local Leadership Conference are responsible for their own travel and hotel arrangements. Elected officials may bring a spouse or one guest.

The Thursday evening Cocktail Reception as well as the Friday conference program is typically for adults only. Related fees are for Thursday evening reception. Conference sessions are free of charge.


Suggested attire for the Conference is business casual.


All attendees will need to go through a security screening in order to enter the Capitol

Guests will not be permitted to bring liquid (including bottled water) or large bags (including luggage) into the Capitol Building. Click here for a full list of prohibited items and tips for visiting the Capitol Visitor Center.


We suggest you select a hotel on Capitol Hill, although you can catch a cab or take the Metro from hotels in downtown Washington, DC, or in Northern Virginia (i.e., Crystal City, Pentagon City, Old Town Alexandria).  Reagan National (DCA) is the closest airport to Capitol Hill.  The airports at Dulles (IAD) and Baltimore (BWI) are about an hour from the city. 


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Contact Us

For event information or questions on registration, contact:
Reagan Leatherman
Events Manager
(216) 592-2376