There aren't many power centers in Columbus that Trudy Bartley isn't somehow connected to.
Now the associate vice president of local government and community relations at Ohio State University, Bartley's resume includes time spent with both city and state government, in the nonprofit world and in the private development community. She's been closely involved with Franklin County's Rise Together anti-poverty initiative and serves on several boards across the region.
In short, Bartley has made her voice heard in a variety of spheres that influence the future of Central Ohio. That's something she's never been afraid to do, as she shared during a recent taping of our Women of Influence podcast.
Her educational path, which went from the Columbus School for Girls (where she was the first African American student) to Wellesley College(one of the Seven Sisters), instilled in Bartley a sense not only that her "opinion was valid," but also that it was important to make share whatever opinion she shared had purpose.
“I am a very observant person, I listen a lot, but I feel my opinion is as valid as any other woman or man," Bartley said. “I think that has really been very integral in my success moving forward, being diplomatic in what I say, but being impactful and intentional. … It’s not about chatter, it’s about making a difference.”
Check out the full episode to hear more from Bartley on how her childhood in Columbus, her parents' focus on education and her biggest failure ever helped make her the power player she is today.