Ohio Treasurer Candidate Rob Richardson to speak at the 2018 OhioMBE Awards

Rob Richardson

Ohio Treasurer Candidate Rob Richardson to speak at the 2018 OhioMBE Awards

Rob Richardson, will be a speaker at the 2018 OhioMBE Awards. The OhioMBE Awards recognizes Ohio’s Top MBE. FBE, family businesses, and their advocates.  The Frank W. Watson Scholarships are also presented.

Don’t let yourself be defined by anybody else’s narrow expectations of you. You define yourself, for yourself, by yourself.” Powerful words from a mother that continues to inspire and guide Rob Richardson’s commitment to providing opportunity, access, and inclusion for all.

As an elementary and middle school student, Rob was enrolled in learning disability classes where he was told that he would never be capable of going to college. However, equipped with the words of his mother, he worked diligently and enrolled as a student at The University of Cincinnati. Once on campus, his passion for leadership and service led him to establish the first collegiate chapter of the NAACP in the tristate area. Rob led the implementation of a collaborative approach for engaging the greater Cincinnati community, which he continued in his role of Student Body President at UC.

In 2008, after graduating Law School, Rob was asked by Ohio Governor Ted Strickland to serve on UC’s Board of Trustees. He was elected to Board Chair in 2016, where he had the responsibility of leading the search for the 30th President, Dr. Neville Pinto. During his tenure, Rob established the UC Scholars Academy, a leadership development and academic preparedness program for students in CPS. He also raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for student scholarships, including the largest corporate diversity scholarship at UC, helped establish the university’s 1819 innovation hub, and led the first ever Next Lives Here Innovation Summit. Rob also advocated systemic top-down reforms to UC police policy following the killing of Samuel Dubose.​

Rob is now the Democratic nominee for Ohio Treasurer. If he wins this election he will be the first Democrat of color to ever win a statewide position.

The 2018 OhioMBE Awards will be held on Oct. 25 at the Columbus Zoo & Aquarium Africa Event Center.  The following will be recognized:  Supplier Diversity – Kokokosing Industrial; Frank W. Watson Advocate Award – City of Columbus Department of Development and Monique Moore – Ohio Secretary of State.  The Publisher’s Award will be presented to Attorney Greg Williams.  ECDI will receive the Economic Development Award.

Ticket information is online at www.OhioMBEAwards.com

Published in OhioMBE – Oct. 1, 2018 – pdf