Join us April 11 to launch a community campaign to
“Grow Our Own Talent.”

Welcome from ConxusNEO

A high-level overview of our mission and progress.

Lorraine Washington, Sr. Vice-President, Human Resources & Volunteer Services, Summa Health

Purpose of the Event

Develop a common understanding of the talent ecosystem.  Identify promising and good jobs that are available today and a potential pool of residents who could fill them.  Learn how companies, educators, workforce, economic development and community partners are already working together.  Identify & Explore ways in which barriers can be addressed. Launch a community-wide campaign to “Grow Our Own Talent.”

Sue Lacy, President, ConxusNEO


Elevate Greater Akron

Highlights of a coordinated and inclusive economic development plan and the role ConxusNEO plays in successful implementation.

The Honorable Ilene Shapiro, Executive, County of Summit

The Honorable Dan Horrigan, Mayor, City of Akron

Steve Millard, President and CEO, Greater Akron Chamber

What are Good and Promising Jobs?

What do we mean by good and promising jobs and what kinds of occupations and careers are available right now in our community?

Michelle Collins, Vice-President, ConxusNEO

Reaching Potential Candidates

What if we told you there are a large number of Greater Akron residents who could be candidates for good and promising jobs? And what if we told you that most are already working, but not to their full potential and some face barriers.

Kirstin Toth, Sr. Vice-President, GAR Foundation

Growing Our Own Talent and Removing Barriers

Series of video vignettes highlighting examples of employer, education, and community collaboration to build a high-performing talent system.  An exercise to help us better understand some of the barriers residents face. Table conversations will be held to generate solutions.  

Facilitated by Sue Lacy, President, ConxusNEO

Christine Mayer, President, GAR Foundation

Andre Campbell, Director of Diversity & Inclusion, United Way of Summit County

Keynote:  The Honorable Jon Husted
Lieutenant Governor, State of Ohio

Call to Action

A range of opportunities will be presented by business leaders who are leading “Industry Sector Partnerships.”

Interested  in Sponsorship?

Contact Andi Lamphier or


Sponsorship Packet

Thank you to our 2019 sponsors: