Annual Training Conference
Registration Open Through May 6, 2022
Hyatt Regency Columbus
Pre-Conference CDJFS Director Only Training
On Tuesday, May 17th ahead of the conference kickoff on Wednesday, May 18th, OJFSDA host a director only training (not a General Session) at the Hyatt Regency Columbus. Please note this required registration is separate from conference registration.
Complete training details are available here. Registration is closed.
Limited Virtual Session Offerings
A select group of virtual sessions are being offered alongside the in-person conference. The three most popular sessions per time block (based on in-person registrations) will be live streamed as well as an additional session sponsored by the Southeast District Directors' Association for a total of 19 sessions over the course of the two days. The deadline to register virtually or in-person is Friday, May 6, 2022.
When considering virtual registration, it is important to note the following:
- This option was designed as a virtual -not hybrid- opportunity and as such session recordings will not be made available.
- Virtual participants will have the opportunity to observe sessions with limited interactivity and should expect to join sessions of interest at their scheduled date and time as if they were attending in-person.
- Except for the opening keynote, OJFSDA will be managing all breakout session streaming in-house and therefore cannot ensure the overall video quality.
- All virtual attendees will have access to the conference app, which is where they will access the Zoom links as well as any session materials provided by the session speakers.
- Live streamed sessions are being offered à la carte at the rate of $50 per session with all virtual registrants able to participate in the opening keynote free of charge.
Opening Plenary Session
This year’s Annual Training Conference will begin with an opening session for in-person attendees in the Hyatt Regency’s Ballroom as well as all virtual participants. This will be the first time we have all been able to be together in three years and it will be an excellent time to applaud our successes, see old friends, and make new acquaintances. Past attendance topped 1,000 JFS practitioners from across the state, and we are hoping to match that this year. It will be an exceptional opportunity for us to celebrate all our county and state leaders for their exemplary service to Ohio throughout this historic and challenging time.
What better way to “kick off” this year’s event than a keynote from Ohio’s ultimate Buckeye, two-time Heisman Trophy winner and Cincinnati Bengal Archie Griffin. Griffin credits legendary Ohio State coach Woody Hayes for teaching him the lesson of paying forward in life, inspiring him to devote countless hours to philanthropic causes. After his storied football career with the Buckeyes and the Bengals, he went on to create the Archie Griffin Scholarship Fund, which benefits Ohio State’s Olympic sports programs, and the Archie and Bonita Griffin Foundation Fund to help develop sports, educational, and travel programs for youth as they inspire the next generation to dream big. We are thrilled to have such an accomplished athlete, leader, and humanitarian kick off the event!
In addition to Mr. Griffin, ODJFS Director Matt Damschroder will provide opening remarks and Mike Fazio of Workforce 180 will present “Welcome to Your Future!”.
Tried and True Training Tracks
In addition to an inspiring opening keynote, the conference will offer over 50 sessions in the traditional tracks - adult protective services, child care, fiscal, human resources, Medicaid, public assistance, and workforce. We have also incorporated the positive feedback we heard after last year’s supervisory-focused virtual conference, adding two newly refined tracks on competency & professional development and management & supervision.
On Wednesday, May 18th 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 19th breakfast and morning beverage service will be provided. With the conference concluding at 12:45PM, no other meals or snacks will be provided.
Request for cancellation must be made in writing via email to Becca Krelko, Conference Coordinator, by the following refund dates:
- 100% refund for in-person attendee cancellations received by April 20, 2022.
- 50% refund for in-person attendee cancellations received by May 4, 2022.
- All requests for virtual attendee cancellations must be received by May 4, 2022.
- 0% refund for in-person or virtual attendee cancellations received after May 4, 2022; a replacement will be accepted but no refunds will be issued.
Download a PDF of this year's session grid overview (above) or session descriptions (below).
Wednesday, May 18, 2022
Thursday, May 19, 2022
Early Bird 2-Day In-Person Registration: $265
March 14, 2022 - April 22, 2022
Regular 2-Day In-Person Registration: $315
April 23, 2022 - May 6, 2022
Flat Rate 1-Day In-Person Registration: $190
March 14, 2022 - May 6, 2022
À La Carte Virtual Registration: $50 per session
April 18, 2022 - May 6, 2022
OJFSDA Member Agencies: 2 Complementary Registrations
Applied to the High-Rate Registrations After the Event
For those preferring to input registrations in bulk, an Internal In-Person Registration 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, they are for your internal use only.
Thank You to This Year's Sponsors + Exhibitors
Hotels + Parking
The cutoff date has passed.
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 $170/night for a single or double plus applicable taxes. Those who make reservations in this block complementary self-parking for 1 car/guest room/night at the Chestnut Street Garage or valet parking is available for $38/night.
Reserve your room online directly at the Hyatt Regency Downtown by Friday, April 29, 2022.
The cutoff date has passed.
Drury Inn & Suites (Next to the Event Venue)
88 East Nationwide Blvd, Columbus, Ohio 43215
A small block of rooms is now available at Drury Inn & Suites for $122/night for a single or $142/night for a double plus applicable taxes. Those who reserve rooms in this block may utilize the Drury's on-site covered parking for $18/spot/day or self-park at a nearby garage.
Reserve your room following the instructions in the "Association Managed Hotel Accommodations" section below by Friday, April 29, 2022.
The cutoff date has passed.
Sonesta Columbus Downtown (Across the Street from Event Venue)
33 East Nationwide Boulevard, Columbus, Ohio 43215
A block of rooms is also available at Sonesta Columbus Downtown for $122/night plus applicable taxes. Those who reserve rooms in this block may valet park for $35/night or $18/day or self-park at a nearby garage.
Reserve your room online directly at Sonesta Columbus Downtown by Friday, April 22, 2022.
All cutoff dates have passed.
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. Changes for room rates, applicable taxes, and valet parking will be directed to the Association's master bill and invoiced to the county agency or organization with registration fees after the conference.
All reservation requests must include:
- Hotel preference (Hyatt or Drury)
- County agency or organization
- Full name(s) and email addresses of occupants
- Arrival date
- Departure date
- Any special rooming requests (if applicable)