Elkhart Culture Series: Thought Leadership Conference has ended


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**American Sign Language services available for all general sessions through Goshen College and interpreting services. 
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Tuesday, May 21 • 5:45pm - 6:45pm
** General Session Panel Discussion: Year 2025 - Building an Inclusive, Connected Community Culture: Education, Business, & Community LIMITED

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Limited Capacity seats available

Communities are facing various demographic shifts in our region that demand college-career ready performers and agile,  innovative workplaces.  Being part of a connected community means more knowing who you lives next to; saying hello, smiling, waving and stopping for a chat from time to time.  

Today's thought leaders must join forces to attract and retain talent, create inclusive communities, and improve economic development opportunities for all. These challenges and opportunities are high-stake matters, and the schoolhouse is major economic driver in the community and strong indicator of where people choose to live, work, and play.

Objectives of the panel discussion
  1. Identify areas of potential opportunities in business, education, and community to attract and retain talent
  2. Describe specific examples of inclusive communities in different communities to explore such opportunities; and
  3. Make suggestions as to how such opportunities may be further developed

Recommended readings prior to session

avatar for Levon Johnson

Levon Johnson

President/CEO, Greater Elkhart Chamber of Commerce
President Levon oversees research, development, and implementation of strategic planning to address the priorities as identified by the Board of Directors. Directs operations of the Chamber to carry out programs of work to meet the members’ needs. Acts as a chief spokesperson for... Read More →

Breakout Session Panelists
avatar for Candy Yoder

Candy Yoder

Chief Program Officer, Community Foundation of Elkhart County
avatar for Darial Sterling

Darial Sterling

Cultural & Linguistic Competence Coordinator, The SOURCE, Elkhart Co., Systems of Care
Darial Sterling is the Cultural and Linguistic Competency Coordinator (CLC) for The SOURCE, Elkhart County’s System of Care.  Darial’s current role as a CLC coordinator is to collaborate with service providers, leaders and stakeholders to help put systems and programs in place... Read More →
avatar for Kellie Mullins

Kellie Mullins

Board of Trustees, Vice President at Large, Elkhart Community Schools
avatar for Marian Hodges

Marian Hodges

Vice President of Corporate Strategy and Development, Data Realty
Marian Hodges is vice president of corporate strategy and development at Data Realty. She is building an organizational operating system that creates a culture of engagement and increases the equity value of the company. With a career spanning 20+ years, Marian has worn many hats... Read More →
avatar for Phil D'Amico

Phil D'Amico

Vice President of Business Development, Holladay Constuction Group
Phil D’Amico joined HCG in July 2018 as Director of Business Development, after having spent over 25 years as an executive leader in both the private and public sectors. Phil has also held several leadership positions in business and industry since relocating to the State of Indiana... Read More →
avatar for Steve Thalheimer, Ph.D.

Steve Thalheimer, Ph.D.

Superintendent, Elkhart Community Schools
Steve Thalheimer assumed the role of superintendent at Elkhart Community Schools in January 2019. For the six years prior to joining Elkhart, Thalheimer had served as superintendent for Fairfield Community Schools in Elkhart County after being their assistant superintendent for five... Read More →
avatar for Tessa R. Sutton, Ph.D. *

Tessa R. Sutton, Ph.D. *

Assistant Superintendent, EDI, Conference Executive Producer, South Bend Community School Corporation
Tessa is a connective leader who helps others create inclusive environments that break silos, build teams, and engage talents to reach organizational outcomes for a sustainable future. Tessa’s passion is to serve the global community—promoting, creating, and sustaining an inclusive... Read More →
avatar for Yolo Lopez Perez

Yolo Lopez Perez

Director of Development, Center for Healing & Hope
Award winning news reporter, coordinator of the Indiana Latino Business Expo, major gift officer, and bilingual multimedia developer experienced in video production, marketing, event planning and community outreach. Devoted to connecting with people, encouraging personal and professional... Read More →

Tuesday May 21, 2019 5:45pm - 6:45pm EDT
LERNER Crystal Ballroom B 410 S Main St, Elkhart, IN 46516, USA