Keynote Speaker 

S. Craig Lindner, Co-Chief Executive Officer/Co-President and Director, American Financial Group, Inc.

S. Craig Lindner currently serves as Co-Chief Executive Officer/Co-President and Director of American Financial Group, Inc. (“AFG”), having served in an executive capacity with AFG since 1978. He is also President, Chief Executive Officer and Director of Great American Insurance Group Annuities, AFG’s wholly-owned subsidiary engaged in the sale of fixed and fixed-indexed annuities in the retail, financial institutions and education markets. Until 2011, for over ten years, Mr. Lindner served as President of American Money Management Corporation, a subsidiary that provides investment services for the Company and certain of its affiliated companies, and Mr. Lindner continues to be responsible for the Company’s investments.

He has served on the boards of directors of several public companies including National City Corporation, Provident Financial Group, Inc., Citicasters, Inc. and Spelling Entertainment Group, Inc.

Mr. Lindner is the founder and is currently Chairman of the board of trustees of The Lindner Center of HOPE, a state-of-the-art mental health facility in Mason, Ohio. In addition, he has been actively involved in numerous civic organizations including chairing the Annual Greater Cincinnati Classic Horse Show to benefit Shriners Burns Hospital Cincinnati, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Journey of Hope Ball, and Project H.O.P.E. benefiting children in Langkloof, South Africa. He has served as a board member of The Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, and Cincinnati Country Day School. He is a member of the Cincinnati Business Committee.

Mr. Lindner received his B.A. degree from The University of Cincinnati where he graduated cum laude in 1977. He is a life-long resident of Cincinnati, Ohio, and is currently active in and attends the Horizon Community Church.


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.


Michael Fisher, President and CEO, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

Michael Fisher became president and CEO of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center in January 2010.

Fisher and his leadership team continue to expand the impact of Cincinnati Children’s patient care, education and research activities. Last year, Cincinnati Children’s had nearly 1.2 million patient encounters, serving children from its primary service area of southwest Ohio, and from the 49 other states and 53 countries outside the U.S.

Fisher is committed to addressing pediatric health in the Greater Cincinnati community. Last year, the medical center provided more than $500 million in community benefit including charitable patient care, subsidized health services and community outreach. He chairs the Children’s Hospital’s Solutions for Patient Safety - a national network of more than 80 children’s hospitals.

Prior to his appointment at Cincinnati Children’s, Fisher was president and CEO of Premier Manufacturing Support Services, president and CEO of the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, and served on the board of trustees of Cincinnati Children’s. He began his career as an associate director of athletics at Northwestern University. He is a graduate of Stanford University. He and his wife Suzette have four children.

Craig Hockenberry, Superintendent, Manchester Local Schools 

Craig Hockenberry was recently named Superintendent of Manchester Local Schools in Adams County.

Hockenberry’s prior 15 years of work and dedication at Oyler School led to its recognition on Marketplace/National Public Radio (NPR) in a series titled, “One School,One Year.” During his tenure at Oyler, the school transformed from a K-6 school to a full service PreK-12 Community Learning Center. The school went from Academic Emergency to Continuous Improvement. Now the school graduates students from a community that once held the highest drop-out rate in the City of Cincinnati.

In 2009, Hockenberry was named Cincinnati Public School Administrator of the Year. He graduated from the College of Mount St. Joseph in 1995, where he was recruited to play on the College’s first football team. He received his graduate degree from Xavier University. In 2013, Hockenberry received an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from the College of Mount St. Joseph.

Hockenberry lives in West Price Hill with his wife, Erin, and their three children.

Linda Smith Berry, Manager, Good Samaritan Free Health Center 

Linda Smith Berry, a Registered Nurse, is the Manager of the Good Samaritan Free Health Center. Smith Berry’s commitment has helped to grow the Free Health Center where it has moved into a larger facility and increased the number of days open to six days per week.

Smith Berry is devoted to serving many diverse constituencies. She serves on the board of trustees of Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation and Seton High School. She serves on the Tri-Health Patient Safety Committee, is a mission nurse, and a mentor for a local student through the Mathis Foundation for Children. Her work has served many philanthropies and schools throughout the greater Cincinnati area. In 2008, Smith Berry was awarded the Enquirer Woman of the Year and the Leading Women Award.

Prior to joining the Good Samaritan Free Health Center, Smith Berry was a Development Assistant at Seton High School, Program Manager at the International Visitors Council, and an Emergency Room Nurse at Anderson Mercy Hospital. Smith Berry is a graduate of Indiana University.


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