101 Stories: Jill Meyer

By The Children's Theatre

Celebrate TCT’s 101st season as it comes to a close as we applaud and appreciate those who contributed to the organization’s magic throughout our century-long journey.  During 10 weeks of recognition, we honor individuals who have been instrumental in the success of TCT, and who have not only helped TCT grow in mission, but also thrive, thanks to their passion.  It is these people and their moments in our history that shaped TCT to become what it is today. We encourage you to consider giving a gift in their honor to ensure the sustainability of TCT’s mission for the next 100+ years. 

Jill Meyer

The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati is proud to be a member of the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, one of the largest metro chambers in the nation, on an aggressive course designed to grow the vibrancy and economic prosperity of the Cincinnati region. TCT is one of almost 4,000 member businesses engaging with the Chamber to help drive the economics of the Cincinnati MSA, encompassing 15 counties in Southwest Ohio, Northern Kentucky, and Southeastern Indiana. 

The Chamber is leading with a bold voice for business to grow the region’s talent base, to elevate the Cincinnati region’s unique assets, and to proactively address the needs of business with elected officials at all levels. As part of its work, the Chamber is spearheading the charge to create a regional transportation system that connects more people to work, education, healthcare, and quality of life. At the core of everything the Chamber does is an unwavering commitment to model inclusion and regional thinking.  

Jill Meyer and Kim Kern at the Glass Slipper Gala, 2018

Jill P. Meyer is President & CEO of the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber and was honored with the Glass Slipper Award at TCT’s 2018 Glass Slipper Gala.  She is also a long-time TCT subscriber and fan. 

Jill is well-versed in the role of advocate for businesses. An attorney, she practiced law for twenty years at Frost Brown Todd, and served as the Member-in-Charge of the law firm’s Cincinnati office. She currently serves as an independent director of the Cincinnati Financial Corporation.  A dedicated volunteer for many civic and community causes over the years, she currently serves on the boards of 3CDC, CincyTech, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland’s Cincinnati Business Advisory Committee, United Way of Greater Cincinnati, and Art of the Piano.  She is a member of the United Way Tocqueville Society and ArtsWave Women’s Leadership Roundtable. 

Jill has been honored as a YWCA Career Woman of Achievement, a Cincinnati Business Courier Forty Under 40 recipient and Woman Who Means Business, and is an alum of the Chamber’s inaugural Women Excel (WE) Lead class and Leadership Cincinnati Class 34.  

She earned her B.A. at Mount St. Joseph University and her J.D. at Northern Kentucky University’s Salmon P. Chase College of Law, both magna cum laude. In 2016, she was awarded a Doctor of Humane Letters from Mount St. Joseph University.  

“I first began attending the Children’s Theatre when my son was two years old,” says Ms. Meyer. “We have been going to the shows since then with my friend (and now TCT Board Member Dr. Avani Modi) and her daughter. My family and I have always loved the way that The Children’s Theatre has brought the characters to life on the stage in so many different ways.” 

She continues: “From a Cincinnati Chamber and economic perspective, cities that have a lot of art and cultural activities are more interesting and attractive to live in. Cincinnati’s overall art personality makes us second to none in planting roots and living life here. And what continues to build Cincinnati is the fact that we are teaching these children the importance and impact of the arts at a young age – like through performances and activities at TCT. They teach kids to understand what it is like to attend the theater, and gives them many perspectives of the world around them.” 

Roderick Justice, Lisa Reinhard, Jill Meyer & Kim Kern at the Glass Slipper Gala, 2018