Bestselling author of “The World is Flat” and The New York Times foreign affairs columnist, Thomas L. Friedman, will be the keynote speaker at the Roy and Bobbi Church Visionary Leadership Institute’s 2017 Annual Speaker Series.
The event will be held from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., Monday, October 30, in the Spitzer Conference Center on the Lorain County Community College campus.
The Annual Speaker Series, which brings the nation’s top thought leaders to Lorain County, is a central component of the Visionary Leadership Institute. The Institute broadens the intellectual capacity of the community’s leadership by providing them with the tools they need to excel.
“There are existing and emerging leaders in our community who, when given the appropriate resources and inspiration, can accomplish personal and professional goals that have lasting and far-reaching impact,” said LCCC President Marcia Ballinger, Ph.D. “We are honed in on leadership with a purpose, which enhances our region’s economy and creates a thriving community for everyone.”
One of the core focuses of the Institute is leveraging leadership to improve the region’s economy, which is increasingly influenced by globalization.
Thomas Friedman is renowned for his direct reporting and sophisticated analysis of complex issues facing the world. According to Foreign Policy magazine, he “doesn’t just report on events; he helps shape them.” Winner of three Pulitzer Prizes, he has covered the monumental stories from around the globe for The New York Times since 1981.
At the event, Friedman will speak to his latest bestseller, “Thank You For Being Late: An Optimist’s Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations,” in which Friedman offers a blueprint for overcoming the stresses and challenges of a world being transformed by technology, globalization, and climate change.
Following Friedman’s keynote address and an audience-driven question and answer session, a panel of local business and philanthropic leaders will continue the conversation around ways to implement Friedman’s concepts within the community. Confirmed panelists include:
– Deb Hoover, President and CEO, The Burton D. Morgan Foundation
– Randell McShepard, President of Public Affairs, RPM International
– Fred Pond, President, Ridge Tool Company
– Dr. Roy Church, President Emertius of Lorain County Community College
– Moderator: Dustin Klein, Publisher and Vice President of Operations, Smart Business Network
“We’re thrilled to have some of the region’s most influential leaders guide us in taking these global thoughts on innovation and economy, and applying them in our backyard,” said Roy Church, Ed.D., president emeritus of Lorain County Community College. “These panelists lead internationally recognized organizations, yet maintain their staunch commitment to Northeast Ohio’s prosperity. That’s the kind of thoughtful leadership this Institute wants to grow.”
The Lorain County Community College Foundation established the Roy and Bobbi Church Visionary Leadership Institute in 2016 in honor of Dr. Church’s 30 years of service as president of the college. The unveiling event featured the Annual Speaker Series’ inaugural guest speaker, Professor Michael Porter of Harvard Business School.
For ticket information visit lcccleadership.org/events or call the Lorain County Community College Foundation at (440) 366-4039.