Annual Training Conference

Event Registration Closes May 5, 2023

Hyatt Regency Columbus

General Information

Pre-Conference General Session – County JFS Agency Directors Only

On Tuesday ahead of the conference kickoff on Wednesday, OJFSDA will host its quarterly general membership meeting. This required registration is separate from conference registration.

When: May 16, 2023
Where: Hyatt Regency Columbus
Room: McKinley
Time: 12:00PM buffet lunch, 12:30PM agenda start

More Information

Early Onsite Registration

Beat the registration rush and skip the line by checking-in before the conference begins from 4:00-6:00PM on Tuesday, May 16 in the Nationwide Foyer of the Hyatt Regency. Event registration will also open at 7:30AM Wednesday, May 17 and 7:15AM Thursday, May 18.

Keynote Presentation

Tamekia MizLadi Smith

We are excited to welcome Tamekia MizLadi Smith to the event to provide the opening keynote address. Tamekia is affectionately known as “the Singing Speaking Poet”. As the founder of EDU Arts, LLC she utilizes various forms of creative arts to convey a memorable learning experience. Her work experience and passion for Health Equity, DEIB, and Self-Care have been instrumental in her approach to creating programming for Workplace Culture and Wellbeing. With over 20 years of diverse speaking and training experience, her practical approach to aiding corporations in creating a psychologically safe space has made her a sought-after keynote speaker. After speaking at the TED Conference in Vancouver Canada she authored a book entitled “Take the Stage”.

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This motivational keynote will explore the emotional and mental wellbeing of employees and the benefits of wholeness in the workplace. Through candidate dialogue and engaging activities, this talk will bring components of emotional intelligence, self-care and resilience into a cohesive mandate.

Audience takeaways:

  • Learn how all stakeholders create a culture of wellbeing in the workplace.
  • The essentials of implementing Peer Supporter best practices to improve wellbeing.
  • Implementing work/life balance tools and principles to reduce stress.

Tried and True Training Tracks

In addition to a motivating opening keynote, the conference will offer over 50 sessions in a variety of training areas provided by program, policy, and issue experts. These areas include competency and professional development, fiscal, workforce, public assistance, Medicaid, human resources, management and supervision, adult protective services, and child care.

Provided Meals

On Wednesday, May 17 morning beverage service and an afternoon refreshment break, including snacks and a variety of hot and cold beverages, will be provided. Lunch is not provided and is on your own.

On Thursday, May 18 breakfast and morning beverage service as well as a mid-morning refreshment break, including snacks and a variety of hot and cold beverages, will be provided. As the conference concludes at 1:00PM, no additional food or beverage service will be provided.

Cancellation Policy

Request for cancellation must be made in writing via email to Becca Krelko, Conference Coordinator, by the following refund dates:

  • 100% refund for cancellations received by April 19, 2023.
  • 50% refund for cancellations received by May 3, 2023.
  • 0% refund for cancellations received after May 3, 2023; a replacement will be accepted but no refunds will be issued.


Contact Conference Coordinator Becca Krelko at or call the OJFSDA office at 614-221-3688.


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Session Grid 2023 ATC


Download the session grid overview (above) or session descriptions (below).


            Wednesday, May 17, 2023           


300 Series: 1:45 PM – 3:00 PM


            Thursday, May 18, 2023           


None at this time.




2023 Registration Rates

Early Bird 2-Day Registration: $300

March 6, 2023 - April 21, 2023

2-Day Registration (pre-event): $350

April 22, 2023 - May 5, 2023

2-Day Registration (onsite): $375

May 17, 2023

1-Day Registration (pre-event): $225

March 6, 2023 - May 6, 2023

1-Day Registration (onsite): $250

May 17, 2023 - May 18, 2023

Speaker 1-Day Registration: $0

March 6, 2023 - May 6, 2023

Speaker 2-Day Registration: $175

March 6, 2023 - May 6, 2023


OJFSDA Member Agencies 2 Complementary Registrations: $0
Applied to the High-Rate Registrations After the Event


For those preferring to input registrations in bulk, an internal collection form is available for download to assist in the gathering of needed registration details from individual registrants. Do not return completed forms to OJFSDA, it is for your internal use only.

Support The Conference

The Association’s Annual Training Conference will convene over 1,000 statewide JFS professionals on May 17-18, 2023 at the Hyatt Regency Columbus. The two-day event will offer the valuable trainings and meaningful networking opportunities the conference is known for, and we hope to see you there!

This year, training and peer support have never been more crucial, as county workers face the challenge of returning to normal operations and unwinding services from the pandemic public health emergency. We have adopted the theme, “In it to Win it for Ohio Families” because we know that they have the compassion and determination it will take to conquer this challenge and invite you to join the team as an event sponsor or exhibitor through Friday, March 24th.

QUESTIONS? Contact Becca Krelko, Conference Coordinator, at or (614) 221-3688.

2023 Sponsor & Exhibitor Registration is Now Closed

2023 Atc Sponsor And Exhibitor Benefits Chart

Thank You to Our Sponsors & Exhibitors

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Hotels + Parking


View available nearby parking options.

2022 guide remains current

Hyatt Regency Columbus (Event Venue)

350 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215

A block of rooms is available at the Hyatt Regency Columbus starting at $173 per night plus applicable taxes. Those who make reservations in this block receive complementary self-parking for one (1) car per guest room per night at the Chestnut Street Garage or valet parking is available for $38 per night.

Reserve your room directly at the Hyatt Regency Downtown by Tuesday, April 25, 2023.

Sonesta Columbus Downtown (Across the Street from Event Venue)

33 East Nationwide Boulevard, Columbus, Ohio 43215

A block of rooms is available at Sonesta Columbus Downtown starting at $122 per night plus applicable taxes. Those who reserve rooms in this block may valet park for $39 per night or $20 per day or self-park at a nearby garage at varying rates.

Reserve your room directly at Sonesta Columbus Downtown by Friday, April 21, 2023.

Drury Inn & Suites (Next to Event Venue)

88 East Nationwide Blvd, Columbus, Ohio 43215

A small block of rooms is available at Drury Inn & Suites starting at $122 per night plus applicable taxes. Those who reserve rooms in this block may utilize the Drury's on-site covered parking for $18 per spot per day or self-park at a nearby garage at varying rates.

Reserve your room directly at Drury Inn & Suites by Sunday, April 16, 2023.

Association Managed Hotel Accommodations

Request for OJFSDA to make and manage single or bulk room reservations on your behalf

All requests should be submitted via email to Becca Krelko, Conference Coordinator, by the respective cutoff date. Charges for room rates, applicable taxes, and valet parking will be billed to the Association's master account and invoiced to the county agency or organization with registration fees after the conference. 

All reservation requests must include:

  1. Hotel preference – Hyatt, Sonesta, or Drury
  2. County agency or organization to be billed
  3. Full name(s) of occupants
  4. Primary contact email for the room
  5. Arrival date
  6. Departure date
  7. Any special rooming requests (if applicable)