Keynote Speaker

Candace S. McGraw, Chief Executive Officer of the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport

Candace S. McGraw was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) in July 2011. Ms. McGraw has over 25 years of experience in aviation, legal affairs and public administration. Prior to leading the CVG staff, Ms. McGraw served in a number of positions at the Cleveland Airport System.

Since joining CVG, Ms. McGraw has focused on positioning the airport for the future by completing a 2035 Master Plan Study; consolidating operations into a renovated terminal facility; diversifying revenues through targeted cargo, land and concessions improvements; finalizing a modernized Use Agreement; and introducing low cost air carriers. Ms. McGraw is proud to lead a team that has been recognized as the Best Regional Airport in North America for five consecutive years. 

Ms. McGraw is active in the local community as well as the aviation community. She is a graduate of Leadership Cincinnati (Class 34) and serves on a number of community boards and is the 2015 Chair of Skyward. Ms. McGraw has been recognized as the “Best Boss in Northern Kentucky,” 2013; Outstanding Woman of Northern Kentucky, 2015, and a YWCA Career Woman of Achievement, 2015. 

Ms. McGraw received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Political Science from Duquesne University and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.


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.



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