U.S. Marshal Pete Elliott on Leadership

Rob Peters, Director of Economic Development for the City of Streetsboro and member of the Leadership Class of 2017 introduces the first conference speaker.

             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/.       

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Hugh Littleton on  difficult conversations

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 State University and later turning professional with the opportunities and challenges it brought.

Hugh Littleton, Director of Learning Design Solutions at Corporate College a division of Cuyahoga Community College emphasizes a point about Emotional Intelligence during his presentation.

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Conference attendees get on their feet to do the 'Twist' along with session speaker Tami Lewis, Ph.D.

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Steve Jones (L), Leadership Portage County Board of Trustee President and Ron Burbick (R) President Emeritus of Leadership Portage County welcome conference attendees.

Tami Lewis, Ph.D. leads conference attendees in doing the dance the 'Twist' before speaking about finding your happiness as a leader.

2017 Leadership Conference Highlights

Ben Curtis

Keynote speaker Ben Curtis entertains and enlightens conference attendees

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Presenters Melissa Hendricks (L) and Andy Malitz (R) from Sequoia Wellness at NEOMED lead a discussion of a leader's role with regard to workplace wellness.

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