Learn from Leaders is just one way the Lakeland Business Management program provides value-added experiences for our students and community. Access to local leaders in business management, human resources, entrepreneurship and leadership gives students and community members the opportunity to learn from the best, ask questions and gain invaluable insight into the business world.
Upcoming Guest Speakers
Our fall 2022 series welcomes special guests Pamela D. Kurt, Esq., Kurt Law Office, LLC; and Tim McCarthy, Founder, The Business of Good Foundation. All attendees will be entered into a gift card giveaway!
Each event requires separate registration, so be sure to sign up for both!
Pamela D. Kurt - Oct. 20, 2022 | 12:30 p.m. | Webex
Pamela D. Kurt is a local attorney and professional women life coach. She received her associate degree at Lakeland Community College before continuing her education at Cleveland State University. There, she received her bachelor's degree in urban studies management, graduating magna cum laude in 2000. She later enrolled in the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law's dual degree program, graduating with her master's in public administration and juris doctorate in December 2003.
As a professional, Pam has added several additional certifications and advanced training in the areas of mediation, domestic violence, and guardian ad litem, where she represents children in juvenile delinquency, child abuse, or contested custody cases. As an attorney, her specialty is in family law and juvenile law.
Pam is a very active business owner in her community, and as a result, has held multiple leadership roles, including Leader of the Year for Lake County, Leadership Lake County, 2022. Other roles include:
Past President Lake County Bar Association
Lakeland Hall of Fame recipient 2010
Ohio State Bar Foundation Fellow, 2011
National Association of Professional Women
Western Lake County Chamber Board Member
Willoughby Chamber of Commerce Board Member
Ohio Care Council, Former Board Member
Forbes, Board Member
McKinley Outreach Center, Board member
Lakeland Strategic Planning Committee
Jo Ann Davidson Ohio Leadership Institute, Class of 2013
Lake County District Mock Trial Judge, 2010
Leadership Lake County Alumni
Lake County Ohio ADAMHS Board Member
Lake County Planning Commission
Through her community involvement and personal passion to empower women, she created a new company Best Version of You, LLC. This company is to empower and elevate women to their next level and be the best version of themselves. It is about collaboration and not competition. You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org or https://bestversionyou.com.
Tim received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Ohio State University in March of 1975 then received his Masters of Business Administration from Ohio State (Fisher Business School) in June of 2007. In 2008, he received Fisher Alumnae Community Service Award and became an Ernst and Young regional Entrepreneur of the Year.
McCarthy opened his first business in 1988. Over time, this company developed a permissioned database of 1 million employer key contacts delivering samples and incentives to their 60 million associates for their national advertising clients such as Procter and Gamble, M&M Mars and Macy's. WorkPlace Impact was sold to the Riverside Company in 2007.
In 2003, in partnership with his son, Tim Patrick, McCarthy opened the first chicken finger restaurant north of the Mason-Dixon Line. Today, Raising Canes of Ohio has 48 restaurants with 3,000 employees doing $200 million revenue.
Throughout his adult life, McCarthy has been engaged in non-profit work. Since 2000, when WorkPlace Media achieved consistent profitability, he has diverted more than 20% of that profit each year to a foundation he formed called The Business of Good. www.theBusinessofGood.org His foundation invests in socially conscious businesses and scalable non-profit concepts from its corpus of $50 million.
The mission of The Business of Good is focused on serving those who serve the poor by helping non-profits use business disciplines to grow their mission. McCarthy says the foundation focus is to build capacity to serve. What good is a great mission if it is unsustainable?