As chair, Shannon Ginther's ultimate goal is for Columbus to be known as a city where women can reach their potential through equal opportunity.

The newly-wrought Columbus Women's Commission, with Shannon Ginther at its helm, has chosen 16 members, representing a broad spectrum of business, nonprofits, government and advocacy groups. The inaugural class was chosen from a pool of 249 total applicants by the city's First Lady with Mayor Andrew Ginther.

Shannon Ginther has been preparing for the official launch of the commission and her role as chair with roundtable discussions about the goals of the commission and how to achieve them. The commission's four areas of emphasis are pay equity, housing and safety, health and nutrition, and workforce development and education.

In a news release, Mayor Ginther spotlights the diversity of the members. "The commission represents the diversity of Columbus in race and ethnicity, age and business sector," he says. "I believe this will make the commission's work better able to include all of the different segments of our community."

The Columbus Women's Commission will hold its first official meeting in January 2017.

COLUMBUS WOMEN'S COMMISSION

Chair, Shannon Ginther, First Lady, executive director of Healthcare Transformation at Ohio Health Group

Christie Angel, consultant, Calfee Strategic Solutions

Elizabeth Brown, City Councilmember

Victoria Calderon, co-owner and CEO, Avanza Business Solutions & Bottoms Up Coffee Co-op

Janelle Coleman, president, foundation and chief diversity officer, L Brands

Nichole Dunn, president and CEO, The Women's Fund of Central Ohio

Nicol Ghazi, administrator, Muslim Family Services

Matt Habash, president and CEO, Mid-Ohio Foodbank

Danielle Harlow, social science research analyst, Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections

Iris Harvey, president and CEO, Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio

Terri Ifeduba, vice president of engagement and development, YWCA

Gale King, executive vice president and chief administrative officer, Nationwide Insurance

Kathleen McGarvey, deputy director, The Legal Aid Society of Columbus

Ngozi Osuagwu, physician, clinical director of Women's Health Center, Doctor's Hospital

Mary Relotto, founder, Dames Bond LLC & Mission Possible Consulting Group

Daphne Saneholtz, partner and attorney, Brennan, Manna & Diamond LLC

Barbara Smoot, president and CEO, WELD