Join us as we hear from experts sharing information about community heath, increasing productivity, reducing stigma, workplace violence.  You'll hear from keynote speaker, Hollie Strano, WKYC AM Meteorologist & Anchor on 3GO and Host of Live On Lakeside.  You'll also receive training in QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) for suicide prevention, coping with stress and anxiety and mindfulness/ meditation.  We are excited to share this information with you. 

As an added value, conference attendees will receive 4 CEUs!

Thank You to our Generous  Conference Sponsors

LPC Alumni:  $50.00 
Chamber Member:  $50.00 
General Admission:  $60.00

​LPC Alumni Association Membership + Conf Ticket: $90

BRONZE Sponsors

We will also be hosting an Expo where vendors can share information about their products and services with our attendees.

Keynote Speaker - Hollie Strano, WKYC

SILVER Sponsors


7:45am      Coffee & Networking

8:30am      Welcome
                  Kurt Ruehr MBA, Leadership Portage County (LPC ’06)

8:40am      Impact of Mental Health for the Workplace
                  Kim Laurene, (or Deric Kenny) Kent State University

9:10am      Portage County Community Health Assessment
                  John Garrity, PhD, Mental Health & Recovery Board (LPC ’20)

9:40am      Wellbeing & Productivity
                  Russell Spieth, PhD NEOMED

10:15am    Break

10:30am    Employment Opportunities for People with Mental Disabilities
                  Ken Penix, Coleman Professional Services

10:50am    Violence & Mental Illness
                  Brian Welsh, MD, Coleman Professional Services

11:30am    Video

11:45am    Lunch

12:15pm    Keynote Speaker - Hollie Strano, WKYC

                AM Meteorologist & Anchor on 3GO, Host of It's About You

1:15pm      Question Persuade Refer Training

2:30pm      Break

2:45pm      Coping with Stress & Anxiety
                  Dorothea Hardick, Coleman Professional Services

3:15pm      Mindfulness Practice
                  Melissa Celko, Kent State University (LPC ’19)

4:00pm      Closing & Evaluations

For over 27 years, Leadership Portage County has pursued its mission to provide opportunities to build relationships and to serve as a catalyst for positive change in Portage County.  To that end, we present this year’s annual Leadership Conference:

Mental Health in the Workplace:  Promoting Productivity through Positivity


Sponsorship Opportunities are 

available! Download form here:


To register by mail download this form:
​coming soon


David & Janet Dix


GOLD  Sponsors

If you are interested in sponsoring this event, please contact Kurt E. Ruehr, Executive Director of Leadership Portage County at