Lunch & Learn Series

About our Lunch & Learn Professional Development Series

Many companies and small businesses face the challenges of developing employees for succession. Many offer opportunities for internal training but many employees prefer external opportunities for professional development – these external opportunities can broaden horizons and build strong professional networks.

In alignment with our mission, we have identified experts to provide training to front-line and middle managers in the areas of financial acumen, strategic planning, communication, generational differences, cultural competency and personal branding. These topics are the missing components of development for many minority employees to have upward mobility in your organization and add value and return on your investment in them. The Akron Urban League is proud to introduce the Professional Development Lunch & Learn series, beginning in April 2017 to address these relevant topics.

Speakers & Dates

Date Topic Speaker
April 19, 2017 Cultural Competency Heather Steranka-Petit, Manager of Learning Programs, YWCA of Greater Cleveland
May 17, 2017 Financial Acumen Donald Mullen, Executive Director, Stark State College, Akron
June 21, 2017 Negotiations H. Alan Rothenbuecher, Partner, Litigation, Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff, LLP
July 19, 2017 Personal Branding – Crafting your brand Staci Shelton, Learning & Organizational Development Consultant, The University of Akron
August 16, 2017 Generational Differences Dr. Sadie M. Winlock, President & CEO, Akron Urban League
September 20, 2017 Personal Strategic Planning Pamela Jones, Academic Program Coordinator, Success Coaching, Kent State University


Group discounts are available to companies and businesses who wish to send 10 or more employees to our Lunch & Learn Series. To request special group pricing, please contact Minette Boyd at

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