Lukensmeyer to speak at Akron Roundtable
WEST AKRON — Carolyn Lukensmeyer, founder and president of AmericaSpeaks, will address the Akron Roundtable luncheon Nov. 16 at 11:45 a.m. at Tangier restaurant, 532 W. Market St.
Lukensmeyer will present “Regionalism and Economic Development: Lessons From Voices & Choices.”
Lukensmeyer has made her mark
as an innovator in deliberative democracy, public administration
and organizational development, according to Roundtable
officials. Concerns about the deep partisan divide in
Washington and the growing disconnection between citizens
and government across the country led Lukensmeyer to
launch AmericaSpeaks in 1995. Her goal was to develop
new democratic practices
that would strengthen citizen voices in public decision-making.
For the past 18 months, AmericaSpeaks
has led the Voices & Choices dialogue in Northeast
Ohio as part of the effort driven by the Fund for Our
Economic Future, a coalition of 80 local foundations
seeking to set priorities for reinvigorating the regional
Lukensmeyer and AmericaSpeaks have won a number of awards.
Prior to founding AmericaSpeaks, Lukensmeyer served as a consultant to the White House chief of staff from November 1993 through June 1994. She also served as the deputy project director for management of the National Performance Review, Vice President Al Gore’s reinventing government task force. From 1986 to 1991, Lukensmeyer served as chief of staff to Ohio Gov. Richard Celeste. She was both the first woman to serve in this capacity and, at the time of her appointment, the only chief of staff recruited from the professional management field.
Lukensmeyer earned a Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from Case Western Reserve University and completed postgraduate training at the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland.
An avid traveler and outdoor enthusiast, Lukensmeyer has led a rafting expedition down the Colorado River, tracked panda bears in the remote Sichuan Province of China and trekked in major mountain ranges all over the world. She currently lives in Washington, D.C.
Akron Roundtable is open to the public, and advance reservations are requested. Tickets for the luncheon and program are $14. To make a reservation, mail a check to Akron Roundtable, 22 Scenic View Drive, Akron OH 44321-1348.