The MVS Speaker Series is a unique opportunity for members of the Greater Dayton community to engage with a diverse group of experts and thought leaders while building their own personal and professional networks. Past Speaker Series events have included content related to education, parenting, civil discourse, literature, and global affairs. Each year’s Speaker Series slate strives to offer content that is diverse, relevant, and engaging for our audience. Learn more about this year’s offerings using the dropdowns below!
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In this virtual Speaker Series event, World Bank Senior Investigator Arjun Ponnambalam will share his expertise in global affairs, discussing the role of the World Bank and how it contributes to anti-corruption efforts. Mr. Ponnambalam is a longtime governance and anti-corruption specialist as well as a former Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction.
This virtual event will take place on Tuesday, May 2, at 6:30 p.m. After filling out this form, you will receive a link to the video call via email.
This event is free and open to the public. Students and adults are welcome to attend.
Curious about how to talk to your kids about the birds and the bees…and sex, too? Join Kristin Freeman, certified sexual health educator, for a program that will provide you with the tools and resources to tackle one of life’s uncomfortable, but very necessary conversations. Appropriate for parents of children of all ages!
Documentary Film Screening & Conversation with Frederick Lewis, award-winning filmmaker and professor
Thursday, February 9, 6:00 p.m.
at The Neon, 130 E 5th St, Dayton, OH 45402
Paul Laurence Dunbar: Beyond The Mask is a feature-length documentary about the life and legacy of Paul Laurence Dunbar, an eminent Daytonian and one of the first African-American writers to gain international fame. Dunbar’s story is also the story of the African American experience around the turn of the 20th century. More than eight years in the making, Beyond The Mask received major funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities with additional support from Ohio Humanities. The filmmaker, Frederick Lewis, will be on hand to introduce the film and lead a post-screening discussion.
Frederick Lewis is a professor in the School of Media Arts & Studies at Ohio University. His independent documentaries have been seen on PBS stations throughout the U.S. and been screened at more than 100 cultural/educational venues, including the Library of Congress, the National Gallery of Art, and the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis. Professor Lewis is a recipient of the Presidential Teacher Award, Ohio University’s highest honor for transformative teaching, curriculum innovation and mentoring. He has been a Fulbright Specialist in Hungary and has also taught or lectured in England, Germany, France, Ukraine, Malaysia and Vietnam.
This event is free and open to the public. The Neon’s concession stand will be open with refreshments for purchase. The film’s content is suitable for teenagers, and students are welcome to attend. Don’t forget to invite a friend! RSVP requested: https://bit.ly/DunbarDocumentary2023
Panel Conversation: Women in Business & Entrepreneurship
Tuesday, February 21, 6:30 p.m.
at The Miami Valley School, 5151 Denise Dr, Dayton, OH 45429
This panel discussion, moderated by MVS Head of School Elizabeth F. Cleary, will bring together four remarkable women from the Dayton area who have made their mark in various professional fields.
Candace Dalmagne-Rouge is the founder of Ceremony, a company on a mission to help people honor, heal and celebrate the losses, transitions, and achievements of life. They do that by creating opportunities to cultivate sacred, inspired space – either alone through ritual kits, or with others through community gatherings – to bring power, presence, and reverence into life. They are deeply passionate about bringing universal healing to humanity through the art of ceremony.
Danielle Edwards P ’32, ’35 is the owner of Sweet P’s Handcrafted Ice Pops, a Dayton-based popsicle company. She is also the Principal Consultant of New Impact Partners, a collective of strategists and subject matter advisors who partner with clients to solve big challenges and define inclusive and equitable paths forward. Additionally, until July 2022, Danielle served as the Vice President of Talent, Communications, and Operations at Teach For America.
Linty John-Varghese, P ’19, ’23, ’27 is the owner of Lyons Dental in Centerville, OH, which is Dayton’s first Concierge Dental practice, focusing on Cosmetics, Full Mouth Reconstruction, Laser, Sleep and Holistic Dentistry. She shares her perspective on numerous Continuing Education dental courses through her blogs on “Lintys LEGIT List,” and in 2022 she launched a new speaker program called “Insurance-Free Dentistry 101.”
Jenell Ross ’88 is the president of Bob Ross Auto Group, which includes three franchises: Buick, GMC, and Mercedes-Benz. She has experience serving on the boards of numerous local, state, and national foundations and community service organizations, including the Board of Directors for Cars.com, Trustee of the University of Dayton, and the Minority Business Partnership through the Dayton Chamber of Commerce. She is also a former Chairwoman of the American International Automobile Dealers Association, becoming the first African-American and the second woman to hold the position in the organization’s 52-year history.