Connections 2020


We have made the difficult decision to cancel Connections 2020, scheduled for May 11-13th in Columbus, Ohio.    As travels bans and restrictions increase, we are following the lead of our esteemed higher ed and employer partners’ efforts to reduce non-essential travel in hopes of limiting Coronavirus exposure.  We are also mindful of the challenges this unique situation is placing on you and your teams and understand that many of you will need to devote substantial time and effort to navigating these uncharted waters.

Please be on the lookout for future Focus Forum details as well as the Save the Date for Connections 2021.   As we further develop quality programming and virtual networking opportunities, we will be in communication.  In the meantime, we wish you all a healthy Spring.   Please contact GradLeaders if we can support you or your teams in any way.

If you have completed the Connections registration, we will be processing EventBrite refunds this week. Please be certain to contact your hotel to cancel any lodging. 


Connections 2020 will kick off with our keynote speaker, Damian Zikakis. Damian, a Gallup-certified CliftonStrengths Coach, will provide a Strengths overview and share how understanding and leveraging them positively impacts the both the individual and the team. Additionally, each attendee will have the opportunity to learn their “Top 5 Strengths” and discover how to maximize them.

Clifton StrengthsFinder:

We encourage all attendees to complete the Clifton StrengthsFinder assessment in advance of the event. This activity is optional, but will enhance your experience of the keynote presentation. 


Hilton Columbus at Easton
3900 Chagrin Dr
Columbus, OH 43219  

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Hilton Columbus at Easton Reservation Information

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Hilton at Easton Hotel at the rate of $199/night. Reserve your room online, or call (614) 414-5000 and tell them you're with GradLeaders Connections 2020.


Airport Information

John Glenn Columbus International Airport (CMH)

Airport Phone: +1 614-239-4000
Hotel direction: 8 miles SW

  • Estimated taxi fare: 18 USD (one way)
  • Uber & Lyft available
Visit CMH airport website


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