Annual Training Conference

Save the Dates: May 8-9, 2025

Hyatt Regency Columbus

General Information

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Who Should Attend?
Keynote Speaker
Training Tracks
Adult Protective Services Scholarships
About the Event App
Downloading the Event App
Early Onsite Registration
Provided Meals
Dress Code
Pre-Conference Membership Meeting
Cancellation Policy

Who Should Attend?

The conference is not limited to county job and family services agencies. Standalone children services, child support, or workforce agencies as well as other community partners may attend the conference. More on registration can be found on the 'Registration' tab or at

2024 Keynote Speaker

Matthew Selker

We are excited to welcome Matt Selker to the conference to provide the opening keynote address. Matt is an organizational leader and scholar-practitioner in the space of organizational performance and leadership development. His passion is for developing managers and leaders at all levels, as doing so fulfills his personal and professional mission of helping others achieve their best self through the use of science, experiences, and conversations.

In 2021, after the diagnosis of, radiation to treat, and recovery from an aggressive form of thyroid cancer which eventually spread to his voice box, Matt received a voice prosthesis implant ensuring he could return to doing what he loves. He continues to demonstrate that a disability is not an identity, but rather a unique lens through which to view the world.

Modern to Post-Modern Leadership: Discovering the Difference

How we lead people has changed dramatically in the last two decades. Today, organizations - and the people within them - are opportunities to be harnessed rather than problems to solve.

In this keynote, Matt Selker, MPA will discuss these different styles of leadership, sharing the results of his lived experiences and observations working with supervisors, managers, and leaders across Ohio's county JFS organizations. His practical tips will help us discover that we can all be effective leaders.

Dependable Training Tracks

In addition to a motivating opening keynote, the conference offers over 55 breakout 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 more.

2024 Adult Protective Services Scholarships

The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services’ Adult Protective Services section is the proud sponsor of this year’s APS training track of six comprehensive sessions and offering corresponding training certificates that fulfill APS state training requirements.

To encourage attendance, ODJFS is offering scholarships for county APS staff to attend one or both days of the conference. To be eligible, the attendee must register to attend all APS sessions for the days they attend the conference (3 sessions for one day or 6 sessions for two days).

Information regarding scholarship eligibility, and how to register for the conference once granted a scholarship, is being made available by ODJFS. To find out more, please contact the ODJFS APS section via email at


The conference would not be possible without our resolute volunteers acting in the role of session volunteers and monitors to ensure sessions run smoothly and a small token of our appreciation is given to each confirmed volunteer.

Volunteers are asked to pick up a packet of information before their session starts and read a brief script to begin the session. Monitors provide additional support, especially in larger session rooms, and could be asked to take on the role of volunteer if needed. Every effort is made to assign volunteers and monitors to sessions they registered for.

Those who have not volunteered at a previous conference are required to join a brief virtual orientation April 30 from 10-10:30AM to familiarize them with their role and responsibilities.

Check the box at the bottom of your registration form if we can count on you to join us!

About the Event App

The Results@Hand ConferenceBeat Event app serves as the conference's information hub before, during, and after the event. Onsite, attendees must rely almost exclusively on the app, which replaces a printed program, and are encouraged to explore the platform in advance to acquaint themselves with its functionality. 

Within the app registered attendees will find most importantly:

  1. Their personalized session schedule and room locations
  2. Venue maps
  3. Handouts
  4. FAQs

App access is granted on a rolling basis to registered attendees only starting the week of April 1, 2024.
2024 attendee app access will end Monday, June 10.

Downloading the Event App

To help ensure everyone's Wi-Fi connections are the best they can be, download the app prior to your arrival.

  1. Search for the R@H ConferenceBeat Event App in your app store
  2. To receive push notifications, allow notifications if prompted
  3. Locate and select 2024 OJFSDA Annual Training Conference from the Current Events list
  4. Tap Go to Event below the event details
  5. Click the Sign In icon
  6. Enter the Email address used during registration
  7. Enter Passcode Discover2024

Early Onsite Registration

Beat the registration rush and skip the line by checking in before the conference begins from 3-6PM on Wednesday, May 8 in the Hayes Foyer of the Hyatt Regency. Event registration opens at 7:30AM Thursday, May 9 and 7:15AM Friday, May 10.

Provided Meals

On Thursday, May 9 morning beverage service and an afternoon refreshment break, including snacks and a variety of hot and cold beverages, will be served. Lunch is not provided and is on your own. The agenda has a built in 1.5-hour break to allow attendees to grab lunch from area restaurants in addition to the Convention Center's food court, where they can expect to encounter long lines.

On Friday, May 10 breakfast and morning beverage service, including a variety of hot and cold beverages, will be served. As the conference concludes in the early afternoon, no additional food or beverage service will be provided.

Recommended Attire

The dress code for both days is business casual. Though we do our best to maintain a comfortable temperature in session rooms, we advise dressing in layers for your personal comfort.

Pre-Conference Membership Meeting – Association Members Only

On Wednesday ahead of the conference kickoff Thursday, the association will host its quarterly General Session. This required registration is separate from conference registration and is intended for county JFS agency Executive Directors and/or members of their leadership teams if they choose as is true for the March, September, and December meetings.

When: May 8, 2024
Where: Hyatt Regency Columbus
Room: McKinley

Time: 12PM buffet lunch, 12:30PM agenda start



Cancellation Policy

Request for cancellation must be made in writing via email to Becca Krelko, Conference Coordinator, by the following refund dates. Cancellations by phone will not be accepted.

  • 100% refund for cancellations received by April 11, 2024.
  • 50% refund for cancellations received by April 25, 2024.
  • 0% refund for cancellations received after April 25, 2024; a replacement will be accepted but no refunds will be issued.

If paying by invoice after the conference, applicable balances due will be invoiced at the rate corresponding to the date the cancellation was received. Registration fees for no-shows will not be waived or refunded. Those who register more than once will be charged for each existing registration. All refunds are processed after the conference.

If your selected payment method is ‘Pay by Check via Mail’ the county agency/organization is responsible for paying your fees whether you attend the conference or not. It is the registrant’s responsibility for cancelling their registration in accordance with this cancellation policy.


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

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Session Grid 2024 ATC

Download the session grid overview (above) or session descriptions 

Ask The Fiscal Expert

Some of the most common questions are around fiscal and monitoring. What’s not always easy? Finding the right question to ask. Adding to the challenge? The fact that the answers we sometimes receive to the same question can vary depending on who, what, where, when, and how we ask the question.

To put faces with emails and voices on the phone, the Bureau of County Finance and Technical Assistance and Office of Fiscal and Monitoring Services will be staffing tables during the conference offering a more informal opportunity to discuss matters big or small. Even if you don’t have any burning questions, stop by and say hi and introduce yourself!

ODM County Engagement Team

Ever found yourself sitting at your desk wondering about where a process came from and why you are doing it? Or wondering if your county's approach aligns with others? Here's your golden chance to get those questions answered!

Visit the Ohio Department of Medicaid's county engagement team during the conference to confer directly with your county engagement managers. This is an opportunity to ask questions about county business processes, share your thoughts, and gain insights. ODM's expert team is ready and eager to address your queries, discuss solutions, and explore new opportunities for collaboration.

 Breakout Sessions 
 Thursday, May 9, 2024 


100 Series: 9:15AM - 10:30AM

200 Series: 11:00AM - 12:15PM

300 Series: 1:45PM - 3:00PM

400 Series: 3:25PM - 4:40PM


 Breakout Sessions 
 Friday, May 10, 2024 

500 Series: 8:30AM - 9:45AM

600 Series: 10:05AM - 11:20AM

700 Series: 11:40AM - 12:55PM



If registering on behalf of others, please provide their contact information on their registration form. Registrants will not receive conference-related information nor be able to access the event app unless their correct email address is provided. If you notice incorrect information on your user profile when registering or within the confirmation email send afterward, please email updates to Becca Krelko.

Registrations may be paid for by invoice or with a credit card. If paying by invoice, ensure your agency/organization is recorded accurately when completing the registration process as that is how invoices are built following the event. Do not abbreviate county names, especially if other counties begin with the same letter.

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.

To register multiple people at once, enter the first attendee's information, including session selections, then click 'Register Another Person' at the bottom of the screen to repeat the process for each registrant. If logging in with your credentials and not attending the conference, delete the auto populated information and enter the information for the first person you are registering.

Those who register more than once will be charged for EACH existing registration.
To avoid duplicate fees, modification requests should be directed to

2024 Registration Rates

Early Bird 2-Day Registration: $350

February 26, 2024 - April 12, 2024

2-Day Registration (pre-event): $400

April 13, 2024 - April 26, 2024

2-Day Registration (onsite): $425

May 9, 2024

1-Day Registration (pre-event): $275

February 26, 2024 - April 26, 2024

1-Day Registration (onsite): $300

May 9, 2024 - May 10, 2024

Speaker 1-Day Registration: $0

February 26, 2024 - April 26, 2024

Speaker 2-Day Registration: $225

February 26, 2024 - April 26, 2024


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


Support The Conference

Today’s human services workforce faces a complex and quickly changing environment. The OJFSDA Annual Training Conference is one of the most notable occasions for Ohio’s job and family services professionals to engage with thought leaders and innovators in the field, giving them the opportunity to discuss topics on a deeper, more personal level. As the largest event of its kind in the state, this two-day event provides a blended learning environment with multiple ways for the over 1000 attendees to hear and share ideas. Our mission is to provide conference goers with meaningful education and training on the systems, policies, programs, and skills that are integral to their work, so they leave feeling more empowered and connected to their peers than when they arrived.

We invite you to add your unique presence to the event through March 22, 2024 by discovering which of our sponsor or exhibitor packages, including our new exclusive sponsorship packages, best suits you. Together, we can inspire attendees to discover what the work means to them and make new connections that will prepare them for the future.

QUESTIONS? Contact Becca Krelko, Conference Coordinator, at or (614) 221-3688 x4.

Sponsor & Exhibitor Registration Closed March 22, 2024

2024 ATC Sponsor And Exhibitor Benefits

For complete details and descriptions
of sponsor and exhibitor benefits visit:

Thank You to Our Sponsors & Exhibitors


Exhibition Hall Sponsor
AmeriHealth Caritas Ohio

Conference Bag Sponsor
Photo Booth Sponsor
Molina Healthcare of Ohio Inc

Keynote Sponsor


OhioRise Aetna

East Central District Directors Association


Anthem BlueCross BlueShield Buckeye Health Plan Workforce180
Humana Healthy Horizons in Ohio Sivic Solutions Group The Ohio State University John Glenn College of Public Affairs
Southwest District Directors Association   Northwest District Directors Association


CBTS Fishel Downey Albrecht & Riepenhoff LLP 4imprint
OSHIIP Ohio Child Protective Services Fellowship Program Summit County Children Services
NorthCoast District Directors Association Clemans Nelson & Associates Inc. Southeast District Directors Association
Job and Family Services Human Resources Association   Unite Us


Zashin & Rich Clarity Solutions Group Lit Promotional Items



University of Akron School of Social Work The Grit Project Ohio Benefits
Ohio Department Of Job And Family Services

Social Security Administration
Engage By Cell Logo Stacked


Hotels & Parking

Hyatt Regency Columbus
Sonesta Columbus Downtown
Drury Inn & Suites Columbus Convention Center
Association Managed Hotel Accommodations


View available nearby parking options.

2024 Hyatt parking rates have increased to $43/night, $25/day for valet and $25 to self-park overnight at the Chestnut Street Garage.



Hyatt Regency Columbus

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 $176 per night plus applicable taxes. Those who make reservations in this block receive a 20% discount on valet ($43 overnight, $25 daily) or self-parking at the Chestnut Street Garage ($25 overnight).

Reserve your room at the Hyatt Regency Columbus by Friday, April 19, 2024.


Sonesta Columbus Downtown

Sonesta Columbus Downtown (Across 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 $42 per night or $20 per day or self-park at a nearby garage at varying rates.

Reserve your room at Sonesta Columbus Downtown by Friday, April 12, 2024.


Drury Inn & Suites Columbus Convention Center

Drury Inn & Suites Columbus Convention Center (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 $19 per spot per day or self-park at a nearby garage at varying rates.

This block is not eligible for association managed hotel accommodations and must be paid by credit card.

Reserve your room at Drury Inn & Suites by Saturday, April 6, 2024.

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, at by the respective cutoff date. Charges for room rates, applicable taxes, and valet parking (or self-parking at the Chestnut Street Garage for the Hyatt only) will be billed to the association's master account and invoiced to the county agency or organization with registration fees after the conference.

To make a reservation request, download the request form for the HYATT or SONESTA and return as an Excel file.

OR email your reservation request including all of the following:

  1. Hotel preference (Hyatt or Sonesta)
  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. Parking preference (valet or self-park; Hyatt only)
  8. Any special rooming requests (if applicable)
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