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

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.

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


Sponsorship Opportunities are 

available! Download form here:


To register by mail download this form:
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GOLD  Sponsors

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

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

SILVER Sponsors