Empower Steering Committee

Oversees the Empower cohort experience, from speaker and content choices to securing the program calendar.

Amanda Bergmann

Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce
Staff Liaison

Bethany Bruns

Henny Penny

Lisa Coker

Infinite Management Solutions, LLC

Vanessa Glotfelter

Montgomery County TID

Jennifer Harrison

Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP

Lori Kershner

LMK Consulting LLC

Lori Kershner, Founder & CEO, has over two decades of experience at various levels of government, association advocacy, non-profit communications, as well as in economic development, grant writing, fund-raising and policy development. 


Lori brings great perspective and experience from her years working in the public sector. Prior to entering the private sector, Lori worked at various areas of government including the Ohio House of Representatives and the Office of the Ohio Secretary of State. Early in her career, Lori worked on a variety of political campaigns locally and statewide, building relationships across Ohio. This perspective serves her clients well to ensure that political aspects are being considered in addition to policy. 


She was then hired by the Ohio House of Representatives where she worked as a legislative aide for the Chairman of the Health Committee. Following her work in the legislature, Lori lobbied on behalf of the influential Ohio State Medical Association representing 15,000 physicians to the General Assembly. 


Lori then ran the Ohio practice of a large government affairs consulting firm for three years before starting LMK Advocacy in order to focus on Ohio government affairs consulting. Additionally, Lori has familiarity and success in grant writing, state incentive packages, grassroots advocacy and policy issues. 


Lori has also served in the capacity as Communications Director for a non-profit organization in Columbus where she handled communication and marketing. She also served as the
 spokesperson for leadership. In that role, she completely redesigned their monthly communication as well as redesigned their website to serve as a resource for their members. 


She is no stranger to working with local media to promote her clients’ activities and accomplishments including writing and distributing press releases, positioning feature stories including all aspects of media such as TV, radio, print and social. 


Former Governor Kasich appointed Lori to serve as a member of the Ohio Council on Developmental Disabilities where she served for seven years. In that role, she served as Vice Chair of the Public Policy Committee and Chair of the By-Laws Committee. Following her tenure on Council, Lori was then awarded two grants to facilitate General Assembly Briefings and the annual DD Council Awareness and Advocacy Day at the Statehouse. 


Lori is also very active in the community, previously serving as Chair of the Board of Trustees for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Dayton including two terms as President. She was honored in 2018 as Top 25 Women to Watch by Women in Business Networking. Lori is also a past board member of Kids Voting Dayton, 


LMK Advocacy
 Dayton office: 8888 Glen Abbey Court, Springboro, Ohio 45066 Columbus Office: 21 W. Broad St., Suite 800 Columbus, Ohio 43215 lori@lmkadvocacy.com (614) 915-2852 




Miracle League of Dayton and Warren County and Associate Board of the Dayton Art Institute. Lori was awarded the 40 Under 40 Award by the Dayton Business Journal in 2008. In 2011, she was Leukemia/Lymphoma Society Woman of the Year Runner- Up. She previously served as Global Chapter Leader for EBW2020, a global women’s business organization and was a featured speaker on public policy at their 2017 Global Summit. Lori was elected and served on Springboro City Council. She is the head of fundraising for the Springboro Athletic Boosters. 


LMK is a member of the Springboro Chamber of Commerce, Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce and the Ohio Lobbying Association. 


Lori has undergone professional media training and has served as media spokesperson for several organizations. Lori received her B.S. in Political Science and Certificate in Political Communication from Ohio University.
 She resides in Springboro with her husband, Chris and two daughters, Morgan and Tatum. 



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Nikol Miller

Miami Valley Urban League

Beth Whelley

Fahlgren Mortine Public Relations

Holly Wiggins

The United Way of the Greater Dayton Area

Terra Williams

YWCA Dayton
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