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 2021 series brings you live virtual interviews with Adam Sanden, CPA, MBA, president of Brunner Sanden Deitrick Funeral Home & Cremation Center; and Veronica Isabel Dahlberg, founding executive director of HOLA Ohio. All participants will be entered into a gift card giveaway!
Both events require separate registration, so be sure to sign up for both!
Adam Sanden, CPA, MBA - Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2021 | 12:30 p.m.
Adam J. Sanden is President of Brunner Sanden Deitrick Funeral Home & Cremation Center and has worked in the family business since 2007. He is responsible for Controllership duties, Treasury duties, Economic Strategy and Forecasting of the business, and manages HR responsibilities for his staff of 20 employees.
Prior to joining the family business, Sanden spent three years in private and public accounting, most recently as an Assurance Associate at Grant Thornton, LLP in downtown Cleveland.
Adam grew up in Mentor, Ohio where he attended Lake Catholic High School. Sanden earned his BSBA in Accountancy and MBA from John Carroll University. He also attended Lakeland Community College.
Adam is actively involved in community events, and previously sat on the boards of Painesville Rotary, Leadership Lake County and The Mentor Area Chamber of Commerce. Currently, he sits on the board of Lake Health, is a member of the Citizens Financial Advisory Committee for the Mentor Public Schools, and is the Treasurer of Citizens for Lake Metroparks. He was profiled as "One2Watch" by Inside Business Magazine for his work in the community, and also received a "Top 4 Under 40" award from the Lake County Chambers of Commerce. He is a member of The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and The Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants.
Recently, Adam has gained national attention by speaking to state Funeral Associations about best practices in the funeral industry. He has presented to associations from Florida, Illinois, and Idaho (just to name a few) where he shared his knowledge and expertise about the "business" side of the funeral industry.
Adam enjoys golfing, hunting, watching football, and spending time with family and friends. Adam resides in Mentor, Ohio with his wife Reneé, and children Leo and Cora.
Veronica Isabel Dahlberg is the Founding Executive Director of HOLA Ohio, a 501c3, nonprofit organization based in Painesville with a mission to improve quality-of-life opportunities and empower the Latino community.
Dahlberg was born in Canton, Ohio, the daughter of Mexican and Hungarian immigrants. She has been an advocate in Northeast Ohio's Latino and immigrant community for more than 20 years. Under her direction, HOLA Ohio is developing a Hispanic Community Center and Commercial Kitchen Incubator in Painesville, a $2 million project to open in spring 2022.
She is also working on a research project to document the history of Mexicans in the Western Reserve, with support from the Cleveland Foundation. She has received multiple honors, including the 2019 Women of Note award from Crain's Cleveland Business, the Torchlight Prize – a national award recognizing work that empowers the Latino community – and the Distinguished Hispanic Ohioan Award from the Ohio Commission on Latino Affairs under Gov. John Kasich. Dahlberg also received a Community Advocate of the Year from the Cleveland Hispanic Roundtable, and a "Characters Unite" award from NBC Universal. She is a frequent public speaker on topics relating to the Latino community.