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December 15, 2015 | 5:00 - 8:00 pm
Skyland Pines, 3550 Columbus Rd NE, Canton, OH 44705

Reservation Deadline: Thursday, December 10         

Pre-Dinner Technical Session (5:00 - 6:00 pm)

BWC Update
Presented by Lorrie Goodnight

As a BWC business consultant, Lorrie Goodnight partners with the Akron and Ashland area Governor’s Economic Development representative, local chambers of commerce and business associations to resolve issues affecting business expansion or retention. Her duties also include working with employers in Medina, Portage, Summit, Stark and Wayne counties to implement proven risk-management strategies through various cost-control programs.

Lorrie’s background and experience are in personnel and benefits administration. She joined BWC in 1994 as a regional administrative manager, responsible for human resources, fiscal, claims, automation, and labor and real estate functions in the Northeast Region. Prior to joining BWC, Lorrie served as personnel manager for the Village of St. Edwards and had previous personnel management experience with a Texas construction company. Lorrie is a graduate of Kent State University with majors in both business administration and personnel management and industrial relations.

Lorrie, her husbandMichael, and their dog Isabel live in Massillon. They have two grown daughters and six grandchildren. She is a member of the Massillon and McKinley Fraternal Order of Eagles.

You can contact Lorrie 330-471-0950 or at

After-Dinner Technical Session (7:00 - 8:00 pm)

Happiness @ TheSpeedofLife: Five Prescriptions for Living and Leading in a Turbulent World
Presented by Jim Smith, Happiness Coach

Jim Smith is The Executive Happiness Coach®, a global provider of executive coaching, and personal and workplace transformation services. His passion is to create a Happier world and workplace, one Leader at a time.

Drawing on his 20+ years of executive experience as well as 50+ years as a Human Being, Jim has coached leaders from 27 countries and six continents. He works with leaders to better balance their lives, dramatically improve their leadership skills, and build more positive workplace cultures.

Jim is also the author of Happiness At The Speed of Life: 13 Powerful Strategies for Finding Happiness at Home and On the Job and he has touched the lives of over 16,000 people through his work on Positive Emotion and Leadership. He has used the 13 Principles of Happiness to raise his own family and to deal with work, life, love, and tragedy – and he will be sharing some of those practices with you.

Finally, Jim wants you to know this: he worships Dark beer, Dark Coffee, and Dark Chocolate... and deeply believes that Happiness is a Decision, not an Event!

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