Leadership UA will host its annual leadership panel on Thursday, Jan. 22, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Little Theater of the Upper Arlington Public Library, 2800 Tremont Road.

Leadership UA will host its annual leadership panel on Thursday, Jan. 22, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Little Theater of the Upper Arlington Public Library, 2800 Tremont Road.

Leadership UA, which holds classes September through April, has two courses: a track for high school freshmen and another for adults of all ages. Each course offers a variety of information about the Upper Arlington community, as well as sessions on personal growth and leadership development.

The purpose of the panel discussion is to generate dialogue on leadership principles and issues that affect the community. Previously, the panel was presented exclusively for enrollees in the Leadership UA program.

"We are doing something different this year for the panel," said Marianne Mitchell, president of the Leadership UA board. "We are inviting the public to attend for free."

The panel will be facilitated by Brad Mitchell, director of the Battelle-Ohio State STEM Education and Economic Development En-gagement. Presenters include Cynthia Lazarus, president and CEO of the YWCA Columbus; Eric J. Troy, associate director of 21st Century Skills for the Ohio Department of Education; John L. Gray, attorney and former Battelle Memorial Institute general counsel; and local business professional Sandra Metzler.

The presenters represent a wide range of experiences in business, public service and community involvement.

Prior to assuming the leadership of the YWCA, Lazarus was a Franklin County Court of Appeals Judge, a 10-year member of Columbus City Council, and served as president of the Columbus Bar Foundation and former executive director of the Leo Yassenoff Foundation.

Troy previously held dual positions at Ohio State University as program director for the Todd Anthony Bell National Resource Center on the African American Male and manager of public relations and special projects for the Office of Minority Affairs. During that time, Troy also developed curricula and taught sports marketing as an adjunct faculty member at Columbus State Community College.

Gray is a World War II veteran who spent two years as a naval officer aboard a destroyer escort in the Western Pacific during World War II, participating in battles in Iwo Jima and Okinawa. He spent 23 years at Battelle Memorial Institute and later joined the Columbus law firm Kegler Brown Hill & Ritter. He retired from law five years ago at the age of 79.