Metro's State of STEM returns Jan 31, 2018!

Join us for breakfast and stimulating presentations on the role Metro's critically acclaimed STEM-based education model plays in preparing students for ​the central Ohio region's​ STEM workforce needs.

  • Keynote remarks by Facebook's Reginald B. McKnight, Head of U.S. Infrastructure Public Policy
  • Honorary Event Chair Mayor Andrew J. Ginther
  • Event Steering Committee Chair Columbus 2020 President & CEO Kenny McDonald

For information on sponsorship opportunities, contact Metro's Development Officer Cathryn Geppert at 916.893.6785 or

​Enjoy the photos below from the 2017 State of STEM event that featured renowned Astronaut, Engineer, Physician, Entrepreneur, and Educator, Dr. Mae Jemison as keynote speaker.

Wed, Jan 31, 2018

The Grand Event Center
820 Goodale Blvd.
Columbus, OH 43212

7:45am - Breakfast & Registration
8:30am - State of STEM Program


Reginald B. McKnight

Head of U.S. Infrastructure Public Policy, Facebook

Reginald B. McKnight's career has spanned the legal, policy and corporate landscapes. With more than a decade of experience as a lawyer and policy advisor, he has counseled major corporations on a wide array of matters involving public policy issues, government affairs, and complex investigations and litigation. As the Head of U.S. Infrastructure Public Policy at Facebook, Reginald is responsible for the government affairs strategy of the company's multibillion dollar infrastructure program and working on cutting-edge issues at the intersection of law, policy, and technology.

Prior to joining Facebook, Reginald served as Counsel for BP America and was a key strategist on the company's government affairs and communications response to the Gulf oil spill. Among other things, he managed the litigation communications for all U.S. and U.K. litigation and was responsible for leading the company's communications strategy on environmental and science issues related to the spill.

Before going to BP, Reginald was Counsel at WilmerHale LLP in Washington, D.C., where he represented corporations in high-stakes government enforcement actions, internal investigations, congressional investigations and complex litigation; and he served as a law clerk to the Honorable Karen J. Williams, former Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

Reginald has also been a leader in the community and demonstrated a commitment to service through his involvement in various civic activities. Among other things, he serves on the boards of the University of South Carolina Business School, the International African American Museum, and he is a former board member of Duke University School of Law.

Reginald's accomplishments have been recognized locally and nationally. He has been recognized as a "Rising Star" by The Washington Post Magazine, and he was named to the National Bar Association's "40 Lawyers Under 40" List.

Reginald received his law degree from Duke University School of Law, where he was a recipient of the John D. Fite Mordecai Scholarship, a select full-tuition scholarship awarded for merit, character, and leadership. He received his B.A., cum laude, from the University of Notre Dame, where he was a decorated student-athlete and four-year starter on the Men's Soccer Team. For his academic and athletic accomplishments, Reginald received numerous awards, including the NCAA Arthur Ashe Leadership Award, and the distinction of being Notre Dame's first African American athlete to be named a Rhodes Scholar candidate.

“Metro's nationally acclaimed education model is one of the solutions for businesses to secure well educated, qualified and experienced employees for STEM-based and other difficult to fill career openings. Over 60% of Metro students want to stay in Columbus. I invite you to engage with Metro Schools in a way that benefits both your business and Metro's mission of providing the best STEM-educated students.”

Andrew J. Ginther - Mayor, City of Columbus

2018 Honorary Event Chair

2018 Steering Committee

  • Kenny McDonald (Chair)

    President and CEO, Columbus 2020

  • Sheila Bennett

    Metro parent

  • Wanda J. Dillard &
    Erika E. Mitiska

    The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

  • Courtney Falato

    The Ohio State University

  • Joyce K. Johnson

    CCI Engineering Services

  • Alicia Oddi

    Rev1 Ventures

  • Pamela Rodier

    Rodier Law Offices, Inc.

  • Michael Suhovecky


  • Sutha Wenger

    Community Member

  • David L. White


Become a Sponsor!

Collaborating with Metro Schools allows individuals and companies to work hand-in-hand with the next generation of work-force talent and to contribute to their personal and educational growth. Sponsorships provide special funding for internships, field studies, curriculum development and other partnerships to drive our success.

To secure your sponsorship or tickets TODAY, click the BUY NOW button below. To secure more than individual tickets, please contact Metro Development Officer Cathryn Geppert at (W) 614-259-6639, (M) 916-893-6785 or

2018 Event Sponsors