Learn more about the speakers presenting at the Duffey Conway Ethical Leadership Series.

Keynote Speaker

David B. Dillon, Chairman & CEO, The Kroger Co.

David B. Dillon is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Kroger Co., based in Cincinnati. The company employs 339,000 associates who serve customers in more than 3,500 supermarkets, convenience and jewelry stores under two dozen names. Kroger also operates 37 U.S. food processing plants.

Dillon served in a variety of leadership roles after joining the Dillons Company in 1976 with its King Soopers division in Denver. During his career, he served in various leadership positions with Fry’s Food Stores and the Dillon Companies before being named president of Dillon Companies in 1986. He was appointed executive vice president of Kroger in 1990, and he was elected president and chief operating officer of the company in 1995. Dave was named CEO of Kroger in 2003. He was elected Chairman of the Board of Directors in 2004.

Dave earned a bachelor’s degree in Business at the University of Kansas and a law degree at Southern Methodist University.

Dave is a member of the board of directors of DIRECTV. He also serves on the Board of Trustees for the University of Cincinnati Foundation, the Board of Trustees for the Urban League of Greater Cincinnati, the Board of Trustees for the University of Kansas Endowment, and the Board of Directors for Catalyst.


Dan Hurley, Leadership Cincinnati, USA, and Host Local 12 Newsmakers

Dan Hurley is the Director of Leadership Cincinnati, a 37-year old program that is recognized as the premier leadership development program in the greater Cincinnati region.

For the last 32 years Hurley has also worked as a reporter and producer has also worked as a reporter and producer for Local 12 News, the CBS affiliate in Cincinnati. For the last 16 years he has served as the executive producer and host of Local 12 Newsmakers, a Sunday morning political analysis program.

Hurley has produced over 20 long from documentary videos on the history of the region, including a seven part series with Charles Kuralt in 1981. He was authored several books, including Cincinnati: The Queen City (1982); One Child at a Time: A History of the Children’s Home of Cincinnati (1991); and Otterbein (College): Affirming Our Past/Shaping Our Future.

Hurley earned his bachelor’s degree at Xavier University and did his graduate work (American Colonial/Revolutionary History) at the College of William and Mary.


Willie F. Carden, Jr., Director of Cincinnati Parks

Willie F. Carden, Jr. has worked for the City of Cincinnati for the past 27 years.
In July 2000, he became Director of Cincinnati Parks, under the appointing authority of the Board of Park Commissioners. As Director of Cincinnati Parks, he is responsible for managing over 5,000 acres (or 10 percent of the city’s public green space). He is accountable for the infrastructure management of 121 facilities and structures, 52 play areas, 60 miles of public trails, 80,000 street trees in the public right of way, environmental science education, two international parks (Munich, Germany and Liuzhou, China), the Krohn Conservatory, 100 pieces of public art, and all park programming. He leads and directs 151 full-time employees and manages a $15 million dollar budget.

Carden’s prior work experience includes: Human Resources Analyst, Facility Manager for the City of Cincinnati, Stadium Manager for Riverfront Stadium-Cinergy Field, Assistant Chief Labor Negotiator for the City of Cincinnati, and Superintendent for Sanitation.

Carden is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati with a B.A. in Finance/Economics, an A.A. in Business Management, and a Certificate of Business in CEO/Executive Management.

Jill P. Meyer, Member-in-Charge, Frost Brown Todd LLC

Jill P. Meyer is the Member-in-Charge of Frost Brown Todd LLC’s Cincinnati office. She concentrates her practice on advertising and media litigation and counseling, including digital and social media issues. She is a member of the Boards of Downtown Cincinnati, Inc., the Cincinnati Arts Association, Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, Cincinnati Convention & Visitors Bureau, and Hamilton County Developmental Disabilities Services.

She is a YWCA Career Woman of Achievement, a Business Courier Forty Under 40 winner, and an alum of the Chamber’s inaugural WE Lead class and Leadership Cincinnati Class 34. She is also the legal advisor for the American Advertising Federation’s Institute for Advertising Ethics.

Meyer earned her B.A. at the College of Mount St. Joseph and her J.D. at Salmon P. Chase College of Law, both magna cum laude.

John Sinclair, President, Humana, Ohio Market

John Sinclair is the President of Humana’s Ohio, Southeast Indiana, Northern Kentucky market with responsibilities for overall market strategy, sales and distribution and product development initiatives. Sinclair is passionate about creating a health care delivery system that is centered on health and wellness initiatives and empowering individuals with choice and information. He is a believer of fostering healthier lifestyles.

Sinclair has over 30 years of experience in the employee benefits and health care field, including 20 years with Mercer specializing in the development of employer health care strategies. Most recently he led the Great Lakes Health Reform consulting group and speaks regularly on the business implications of health reform. Sinclair’s clients included public and private employers, health care providers, and State governments with particular emphasis on improving all elements of the employee benefits and health care delivery system.

Sinclair received a B.S. in Finance from the University of Southern California and a Masters in Health and Hospital Administration from Xavier University. He is past Chairman of the Board for the Cincinnati Health Improvement Collaborative, serves on the Board of Trustees for Talbert House, and is a Fellow and Past President of the Cincinnati Chapter of the International Society of Certified Employee Benefits Specialists.


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