I have some good news to share, on two fronts this month.

I have some good news to share, on two fronts this month.

First, Columbus CEO won two first-place awards from the 2013 Ohio's Best Journalism Competition, a collaboration between the Society of Professional Journalists' chapters in Cincinnati, Cleveland and Columbus.

The statewide journalism competition drew more than 600 entries from around Ohio this year. The contest was judged by out-of-state SPJ chapters and professional organizations.

The first award was in the Best Business Profile category, for print publications whose circulation is fewer than 75,000 copies. Former staff writer Jennifer Wray took first place for "Lhota's Last Ride," our March 2012 cover story about Bill Lhota's retirement from COTA after seven years in the driver's seat.

CEO also shares a first-place Best of Show honor for 200Columbus, which was named Best Special Publication in the print category for circulation of fewer than 75,000 copies. 200Columbus was a standalone, 152-page magazine celebrating the city of Columbus's bicentennial. It was distributed with the January 2012 editions of both Columbus CEO and Columbus Monthly and was sold on newsstands around Central Ohio. It was a true staffwide effort: Editors, writers, photographers and designers from both magazines as well as sister publications were involved in producing 200Columbus.

The awards will be presented at a banquet at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium in early October.

Congratulations to the winners.

Also, I'm excited to announce that Columbus CEO is joining with the Columbus Chamber on a new speaker series, CEO Insights. The series will kick off Friday, Oct. 11 with one of Central Ohio's most well-known entrepreneurs and philanthropists, Leslie H. Wexner, founder, chairman and CEO of Limited Brands Inc.

Wexner will talk about what it's like to lead one of the world's most successful retailers. In an interview with Kristyn Hartman of WBNS-10TV, he will share insights related to seizing challenges, growing a business, leadership and giving back.

The event starts at 7:30 a.m. with networking and a continental breakfast, followed by the program from 8-9 a.m. at the Hilton Downtown Columbus, 401 N. High St.

Seating is limited. Tickets are available to Columbus Chamber members and their employees for $50 at www.columbus.org/events. We hope to see you there.