Staff pick: Community Conversations at the Lincoln Theatre

The next event in the Lincoln's ongoing discussion series will focus on the relationship between corporations and the community

Joel Oliphint
Columbus Alive
Lincoln Theatre Executive Director Suzan Bradford

From time to time, the Lincoln Theatre in the Bronzeville/King-Lincoln District hosts open-to-the-public panel discussions under the umbrella of "Community Conversations." Previous topics have touched on gentrification, Black art and more. 

"Our conversation is really not geared to a definite answer, but to leave with information — to say, ‘How can I be a change agent?' ... These conversations ought to pull your toes back a little bit," Lincoln executive director Suzan Bradford told Alive in 2019.

Tonight (Thursday, Oct. 28) at 6 p.m., the Community Conversations series continues with "Corporate & Community: The Relationship," which will focus on "constructive steps companies can take to build positive relationships within the community and achieve shared goals."

"Over the past few decades, the term 'corporate social responsibility' has become more than a buzz phrase for many companies," organizers stated in a press release. "By definition, corporate social responsibility is a self-regulating business model that helps a company be socially accountable to itself, its stakeholders, and the public. Corporate America is faced with the issue of how best to achieve the shared goals of the company and the community it serves, and it can be challenging to know what to do and where to begin. This Community Conversations event will discuss the steps to begin or continue building constructive community/corporate relationships."

Panelists include Bo Chilton, CEO of IMPACT Community Action; Denise Robinson, president and CEO of Alvis Inc.; Devin Schaffer, a vice president at Cardinal Health; and Mike LaRocco, president and CEO of State Auto Insurance. Bradford and former WBNS-10TV news anchor Jerry Revish will moderate. The event is free, but reservations are required at