Annual Fall Forum Lecture

The 26th Annual Fall Forum took place October 22nd

Introducing our Keynote Speaker: 

Brent Leggs is the executive director of the African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund. Envisioned as a social movement for justice, equity, and reconciliation, the Action Fund is promoting the role of cultural preservation in telling the nation’s full history, while also empowering activists, entrepreneurs, artists, and civic leaders to advocate on behalf of African American historic places.

You can view an interview with Mr. Leggs and Fall Forum Chair Margaret Valentine at this link to the WCET program Showcase with Barbara Keller.

A Harvard University Loeb Fellow and author of Preserving African American Historic Places, which is considered the “seminal publication on preserving African American historic sites” by the Smithsonian Institution, Brent is a national leader in the U.S. preservation movement and the 2018 recipient of the Robert G. Stanton National Preservation Award. His passion for elevating the significance of black culture in American history is visible through his work, which elevates the remarkable stories and places that evoke centuries of black activism, achievement, and community.

Thank You to our 2021 Sponsors!


Lisa Sauer and John Moeller

Margaret & Michael Valentine

Maxwell C. Weaver Foundation

The Ed & Joann Hubert Family Foundation

Urban Sites

HGC Group of Companies




1919 Investment Counsel

Eagle Realty

Phillip J. Nuxhall

Amy and Lair Kennedy



Cincinnati Development Fund

Greater Cincinnati Foundation

Denis Back/Grandin Properties

Tom & Mary Croft

James Gibbs

Frost Brown Todd

Sanregret Team

Ellen and Clark Sole

Anthony Woodward



Hazeleen and J. Leland Brewster


GBBN Architects

Hicon, Inc.

Towne Properties

US Bank Private Wealth Management

Rebecca Weber

Location: This event was held at The Netherland Plaza Hotel, Hall of Mirrors and broadcast virtually.

Date: Friday, October 22nd at 12pm

About Fall Forum

Every fall, CPA hosts a nationally renowned speaker who gives a lecture on a topic of local interest. The Fall Forum has historically taken place in the Netherland Plaza’s Hall of Mirrors, one of the grandest ballrooms in the Midwest. Recent lectures are archived here.

2021 Fall Forum:  Brent Leggs, National Trust for Historic Preservation African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund, “Preservation as Social Justice”

Fall Forum 2020: Thea Tjepkema, preservationist and historian, “Muses: The Women of Music Hall”

Fall Forum 2019: Gabrielle Esperdy, author and architectural historian, “Women, Architecture and the Most Modern Hotel in America”

Fall Forum 2018: Terry Stewart, former President and CEO of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, “King Records”

Fall Forum 2017: James Crawford, author, “Fallen Glory, The Lives and Deaths of 20 Great Buildings”

Fall Forum 2016: Jamie Bennett, President of Art Place America, “Art, Culture and Historic Buildings”

Fall Forum 2015: Donovan Rypkema, Place Economics, “The Economics of Historic Neighborhoods”

Fall Forum 2014: John Stubbs, “A Global View of Architectural Conservation”

Fall Forum 2013: Kenneth Barnett Tankersley, Ph.D. , “Cincinnati Unearthed, Victories in Preservation”