County Tour Day Makes an Impression
by Kate DeAngelis, Class of 2017

Often times we get so caught up in our own daily lives and routines of our careers that we fail to see what’s going on around us. We catch glimpses of the news or headlines in the newspaper about the opioid crisis, the homeless population, or unemployment rates. We hear stories of children needing a foster home or families unable to put a hot meal on their table, but these stories and headlines don’t affect us personally so we keep moving. It’s almost as if we live in our own little comfortable bubble. On November 3, Leadership Portage County gave us the opportunity to step outside of that bubble for Human Services Day.

Throughout the day we toured locations and organizations all across Portage County, Ohio that provide support and aid to those in need. We didn’t just visit those places; we were able to interact with individuals directly impacted by the support and services available. We experienced the human side of the services and the stories of those who have benefited from them. It was an eye opening experience in so many ways.


"Best Class Ever" Builds Relationships at Opening Retreat

As someone unfamiliar with Portage County, the Leadership County Tour Day was an incredibly valuable experience. I am a resident of Summit County and a newer employee at Neighborhood Development Services in Ravenna. This tour offered the chance to see a little bit of everything, starting in Kent and working our way over to Streetsboro, Aurora, Nelson Township, Garrettsville, Windham, Ravenna, and Suffield.
Our leadership group started the morning with a tour of Record Publishing in Kent. I receive the Record Courier, and have worked with their advertising department, as well as their newest marketing team, Full Spectrum Marketing. What I did not know, is that they publish seven daily papers, 25 weekly publications, and they print locally in Wooster on 100% recycled paper. Read more...

          Laughter, brain-teasers and reflection engaged the Class of 2017 as it began its Leadership Portage County (LPC) experience. Camp Asbury in Hiram provided the backdrop for day one of the class’ opening retreat held on September 15.  LPC Board Member and 2013 Leadership alum Patricia Dennison, welcomed the group as it began its leadership journey.   Thirty-four individuals representing business, higher education, K-12 education, government, and the non-profit sector comprise the class.  Read more...

Outside of Our Bubble

by Angela Bennett, Class of 2017