Leadership Portage County

138 East Main Street

Kent, OH 44240            

Email:  director@leadershipportagecounty.org

Office Hours:
Monday & Wednesday  9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday & Thursday 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Friday: No Office Hours

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PGA Tour professional Ben Curtis addressed about a hundred conference attendees at the 2017 Leadership Portage County Leadership Conference and Showcase held April 6 at the Northeast Ohio Medical University.  Curtis served as the keynote speaker for the event.  He entertained listeners as he spoke about his love of golf from an early age, to his growth as a golfer while attending Kent

Keynote speaker Ben Curtis entertains and enlightens conference attendees

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State University and later turning professional with the opportunities and challenges it brought.
             After speaking about his golf career, Curtis focused on his commitment to alleviating childhood hunger in Kent through the Ben Curtis Family Foundation.  Founded in 2013 by Ben and his wife Candace, the foundation developed the Birdie Bag concept. These bags, filled with food, go home with students in need on each of the 10 long weekends throughout the school year.  A typical Birdie Bag contains nine meals and six snacks.  The program has been so successful it has been mimicked in several neighboring communities.
             When the foundation first started, Curtis and his family would assemble the bags in the basement of his home. The small group labored for hours to assemble the bags to be distributed.  Now the operation is housed in a larger facility and a group of volunteers aids in the process.  Last year more than 900 Birdie Bags went home with students in need each month during the school year.  To learn more visit http://www.bencurtisfoundation.org/.       



Portage County

Every year Leadership Portage County identifies a select group of leaders and potential leaders in Portage County.  They come together as a 'class' to experience opportunities for personal and professional growth. In addition to exploring leadership in general, specific emphasis is placed on community leadership.  Program participants 'go behind the scenes' in Portage County to gain a deeper understanding of the community where they live and work.  The ultimate goal is to create positive change in Portage County by stimulating increased interest in community involvement and building a network of informed committed and dynamic leaders.

           Hugh  Littleton, Director of Learning Design Solutions at Corporate College a division of Cuyahoga Community College, shares information and insights about how leaders engage in difficult conversations.  To see more highlights from the April Leadership Portage County Leadership Conference and Showcase, click here.

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Ben Curtis