Presentations are held in T-Building, Room T-129. They are free and open to the public.

View the live presentation videos from our previous guests below.

Paul Palagyi - Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019 | 12:30-1:45 p.m.

Paul Palagyi is the current Executive Director and CEO for Lake Metroparks.  Paul was born and raised in Madison, Ohio and received his B.S. in English and Political Science from Kenyon College in 1991.

Paul joined the park in 2011 after serving 14 years in the United States Senate where he was the legislative director and senior policy advisor for two Senators (Mike DeWine of Ohio and Bob Corker of Tennessee).  Prior to his tenure in the Senate, Paul served as the Chief of Legislation at the Ohio Department of Natural resources and worked as a senior policy advisor to Governor Voinovich.

Paul and his wife Joy, a Great Lakes policy expert and Director of the Lake Erie Commission, have two young children Lauren (11) and Hunter (8) .

Kelly Keefe - Monday, Oct. 21, 2019 | 6-7:15 p.m.

As ERC's president, Kelly has overall responsibility for ERC's operations and strategic direction. Previously, Kelly led the Consulting & Training Services practice which provides HR solutions critical to an organizations success. This includes ERC's Executive Coaching, Employee Selection, Training services, Engagement Surveys, and Compensation and Consulting practices. In her time with ERC, Kelly is credited with growing ERC's Training Services from a regional to a national practice. Under Kelly's leadership ERC Training re-created and branded the ERC Supervisory Training curriculum which is offered in an open enrollment form at ERC, onsite at an organization or customized in a "Train-the-Trainer" format.

Kelly is also a member of ERC's senior management team, providing significant input relative to ERC's operations and strategic direction.

Prior to her time at ERC, Kelly was with Deloitte. In her eight years with Deloitte, she worked in the Northeast Ohio office, the Chicago office and with the entire Midwest region focusing on business development and marketing efforts for various lines of business. During this time, Kelly received the YWCA Women of Leadership Award.

Outside the office, Kelly is involved in many non-profit committees and community programs. These include:

  • NDCL, Board Member, Advancement Committee Chair and Capital Campaign Committee member
  • St. Paschal Baylon Church, Strategic Planning Committee and Advancement Director Search Committee
  • St. Paschal Baylon School, PTO President and Principal Search Committee
  • City of Highland Heights, Softball coach

Recognizing the importance of supporting others, Kelly serves as a coach and mentor to many professionals looking to grow in their careers.

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