Conference cancelled

Dear colleagues,

Given concerns surrounding the coronavirus outbreak, and in line with Ohio State’s recently issued policy prohibiting non-essential business travel, we are cancelling the 2020 Big Ten Corporate and Foundation Relations Conference.

While this is a disappointing outcome, our top priority is everyone’s health and safety.

Because this gathering is just as much about community and networking as it is about learning, we’ve decided not to adapt to a virtual conference.

We appreciate your patience as we initiate the refund process. Refunds will be provided via your original method of payment. There is no need to contact us regarding a refund. Please be aware that there will not be an automated message when your refund is issued, so please check your statements to confirm receipt.

Please remember to cancel your travel and hotel arrangements. Unfortunately, we are not able to cancel hotel accommodations.

Many thanks to our speakers and panelists who spent time preparing for this program. We greatly appreciate their time and effort. And thank you for your understanding as we work to keep one another safe.

Warm regards,

Leanda Rix
Executive Director of Foundation Relations
The Ohio State University Foundation
1480 West Lane Avenue, Columbus, OH 43221
Office: 614-292-2122

Kurt Ely
Executive Director of Corporate Relations
University Development
1480 West Lane Avenue, Columbus, OH 43221
Office: 614-688-1563

Featured Keynote Speaker

Dr. James L. Moore

Vice Provost and Chief Diversity Officer

The Ohio State University


Dr. James L. Moore III is the vice provost for Diversity and Inclusion and chief diversity officer at The Ohio State University. Dr. Moore is also the first executive director of the Todd Anthony Bell National Resource Center on the African American Male and the inaugural Education and Human Ecology Distinguished Professor of Urban Education. From 2015 to 2017, he served as a program director for Broadening Participation in Engineering in the Engineering Directorate at the National Science Foundation in Alexandria, Virginia, and, from 2011 to 2015, he was an associate provost for Diversity and Inclusion at The Ohio State University.

An internationally-recognized researcher, Dr. Moore’s research focuses on school counseling, gifted education, urban education, higher education, multicultural education and counseling, and STEM education. He is also renowned for his work on African American males, and throughout his career, he has received numerous prestigious awards, honors, and distinctions.

Agenda now available!

The conference program has now been updated.  Please click on the “CONFERENCE AGENDA” tab above to view the full schedule.

A couple of reminders:

  • We only have a few rooms remaining in our hotel block.  We encourage you to make your reservation soon.
  • Conference registration closes on February 28, 2020

Looking forward to seeing you in Chicago!

Welcome to the 2020 Big Ten Corporate and Foundation Relations Conference Website

Thank you for your interest in the 2020 Big Ten Corporate and Foundation Relations Conference that will be held in Chicago, IL, March 26-27, 2020. Detailed information related to conference registration, hotel booking, transportation and exploring Chicago, and a conference agenda may be found through the navigation bar above.

Please check back periodically, or subscribe using the functionality on the right-hand side, for conference updates. If you subscribe with your email address, the website will email you any time new information is posted.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the 2020 Big Ten CFR Conference organizing team. Our contact information is included below:

Office of Foundation Relations and Office of Corporate Relations
The Ohio State University
1480 W. Lane Avenue, Columbus, OH 43221
To register: 1-800-678-6011 / For other assistance: (614) 688-1563

We look forward to hosting you at this event in March 2020!