Mark E. Bobo, membership retention and engagement consultant, OSBA

Registration • Location

OSBA's Board Leadership Institute (BLI) is an annual professional development event designed by board members for board members. It provides new and veteran board members across Ohio information to help them guide their districts forward. The two-day institute is the only leadership development event in the state designed exclusively for school board members. 

BLI offers in-depth workshops taught by the leading experts on topics ranging from student achievement, finance and school law to legislative issues, curriculum and board development. The institute also features enlightening keynote speakers, networking luncheons, an on-site OSBA Bookstore and plenty of opportunities to share ideas and best practices with other board members and association staff.


BLI 2020 is May 1-2 at the Hilton Columbus/Polaris. Registration includes breakfast and lunch on both days and workshop materials from each of the 18 breakout sessions. There is not a special one day rate. Contact Laurie Miller at with any questions.

Workshop registration cancellation and refund policy:

  • Cancellations received by OSBA on or before April 24 will receive a full refund.
  • Cancellations received after April 24 will be charged $145.
  • No-shows and cancellations the day of the event will be charged $290. 


Hilton Columbus/Polaris 
8700 Lyra Drive
Columbus, Ohio 43240
Call (614) 885-1600 for reservations. Mention OSBA to get a rate of $143 for a single or double room. Room reservations must be made by April 9 to receive the special rate. Hotel check-in time is 3 p.m. and check-out time is noon.

Hotel cancellation policy:

  • Reservations must be canceled by 3 p.m. 48 hours (or 2 days) prior to the scheduled arrival date or it will result in a charge of one night's room and tax.