Oct 27, 2022

Resource Library | EPIC Toledo Leadership Summit presented by Buckeye Broadband and Regional Growth Partnership

We believe our future leaders fuel our community. Our Leadership Summit is the premier professional development conference in the region. It brings together hundreds of emerging leaders to foster connections with other like-minded professionals while building on their leadership skills.



RYAN HAWK | Host of the Learning Leader Show Podcast

The Pursuit of Excellence: The Uncommon Behaviors of the World’s Most Productive Achievers

Millions of business professionals aspire to become effective leaders. But for hardworking, growth-oriented top performers who are always looking to improve and rigorous thinkers who are never quite satisfied with the status quo, the true goal is the lifelong pursuit of excellence.

Leadership advisor Ryan Hawk has interviewed hundreds of the most productive achievers in the world on his acclaimed podcast, The Learning Leader Show, to discover the best practices for pursuing and sustaining excellence. He found a pattern of uncommon behaviors that set these stellar individuals apart and now shares their stories so that you can implement the best of what others have learned.

About Ryan Hawk

Ryan Hawk is the host of The Learning Leader Show. He has recorded more than 475 episodes over the past 7 years. Forbes called The Learning Leader Show“the most dynamic leadership podcast around.” Inc Magazine said, “it’s one of the 5 podcasts to make you a smarter leader.” Apple named it an “all-time best seller” in 2020 and 2021.

Ryan is the author of Welcome to Management: How To Grow From Top Performer To Excellent LeaderBook Authority recently named it to its 100 Best Management Audiobooks of all time (#25). Forbes called it, “the best leadership book of 2020.” Ryan’s second book is called The Pursuit of Excellence. It sold through it’s first printing in eight hours and was named an instant Amazon Hot New Release.

Previously, he worked in corporate America for 12 years, starting as an entry-level telephonic sales rep and worked his way up to manager, director, and ultimately VP of sales for a multi-billion-dollar company.

When he’s not recording podcasts or writing books, he works to help leaders be more effective through Leadership Circles, 1:1 advising, and teaching in The Learning Leader Academy (the online school he created). Ryan has delivered hundreds of keynote speeches on leadership and performance excellence all over the world.

KEYNOTE | 10:30 AM

BARB ROOSE | Speaker and Author

The Magical Momentum of Risk: Leveraging Adventure and Courage to Make Your Life, Your Job and the World a Better Place

If the biggest risk you’ve made lately is changing your Zoom background, then it’s time to shake things up!

Join national speaker, author and unlikely adventure connoisseur Barb Roose to explore how your courageous “yes” to the unlikely, intimidating and uncomfortable can actually lay the groundwork for you to make a lasting and positive impact in your life and others.

About Barb Roose

Barb is passionate about equipping people to activate and elevate their leadership gifts at the highest levels.

With 15 years experience in corporate, non-profit and small-business environments, Barb understands the unique challenges that leaders face. Her expertise is personal leadership development. Barb was a multiple award-winning pharmaceutical sales representative, non-profit executive director as well as executive level leadership at CedarCreek Church for many years.

Barb’s business and leadership presentations include fresh insights and helpful strategies to provide practical next steps. Her five-star rated presentations are delivered with high-energy, an aspirational mindset and humor. She loves working with human resource directors, company leaders and non-profit teams on creating leadership development seminars and retreats that challenge, inspire and produce tangible developmental results.

As a community volunteer, Barb has served on 10+ overseas missions trips, volunteer board volunteer, mentor and other community volunteer roles. She was inducted into the Medina City Schools Hall of Fame in April 2017.

To find out more about Barb’s leadership presentations, visit barbroose.com/leadership



Panel Speakers: Dean Monske, Robin Whitney and Angela Lucas

DEAN MONSKE | Regional Growth Partnership

In February of 2011, Dean Monske was named President & CEO of the Regional Growth Partnership (RGP).  The RGP is a private, nonprofit development corporation dedicated to fostering local, national, and international economic growth opportunities for northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan. 

Prior to his appointment as President & CEO of the RGP, Dean was the Deputy Mayor for External Affairs in the administration of Toledo Mayor Michael P. Bell.  Dean’s area of responsibility was coordinating the City of Toledo’s economic development efforts.

Mr. Monske also served as Vice President with the Regional Growth Partnership from 2006-2009.  His responsibilities as Vice President included engaging investors in the business community, working with regional partners from both the private and public sector responsible for business retention and expansion, and serving as a face-to-face contact across the country promoting northwest Ohio.  He also served as the Executive Director of the Oregon Economic Development Foundation.

Dean is a past board member for the Ohio Tax Credit Authority, past Executive Board member and Region 2 Director for the Ohio Economic Development Association (OEDA) and past President of the Northwest Ohio Regional Economic Development Association (NORED). 

He was born and raised in Toledo and is an alumni of Bowling Green State University.


Robin Whitney is Chief Supply Chain, Real Estate and Construction Officer for ProMedica Health System, a not-for-profit mission-based, integrated healthcare organization headquartered in Toledo, Ohio.

In this capacity, Robin is responsible for all contracting and procurement services, real estate and construction for the organization, which includes 13 Acute Care Facilities in NW Ohio and SE Michigan and over 300 Post Acute Care Facilities in 27 States.  

Robin received her undergrad from UT in Civil Engineering and is a Professional Engineer in the State of Ohio.  She received her EMBA from BGSU in 2013.

She was previously employed with The Lathrop Company, Dillin Corp and the City of Toledo prior to joining ProMedica Health System.


Angela Lucas is co-founder at TolHouse, a private social club located in the Historic Vistula District of Toledo, OH.

As the former executive assistant to the Mayor of the City of Toledo, co-manager of the City of Toledo Human Relations Commission, director on the Cherry Street Mission board of directors and the University of Toledo’s Eberly Center community board, Angela is a 2018 20 Under 40 winner, and a speaker on topics of leadership, branding, and personal purpose. She currently sits on the board of directors for United Way Toledo, and has spoken for the Women Who Lead conference as well as the Northwest Ohio Health Information Management Association annual symposium, among many others.

Angela is a Toledo native, wife and mother.



BILL KIEFFER | Kieffer & Associates LTD

Successful Careers – Successful Transitions

All successful careers include a number of successful transitions. These may be job-job; company-company; career-career or other. Whether intended or unwanted, you CAN transition successfully. Knowing who you are, what you bring to the party, and how you define success is the launchpad to a successful transition.

About Bill Kieffer

Bill is President & Chief Advisor of Kieffer & Associates Limited, an advisory firm specializing in Military Veteran Career Transition, Leadership Coaching, Strategic Talent Management, and Professional Speaking and Facilitation services.

He is the author of “Military Career Transition: Insights from the Employer Side of the Desk”, which released in July 2021 as the #1 New Release in Amazon’s Job Hunting category.

Bill has coached, advised, mentored and worked with hundreds of service members, veterans and others around the globe regarding career transition, leadership development and performance improvement throughout his career.

He also:


DARRYL BROWN | Midwest Kids

About Darryl Brown

Designer/Creative Darryl “DB” Brown has come a long way from his Toledo, Ohio roots. Brown’s path from steel worker to railroad engineer/conductor at General Motors was a true embodiment of hard work. With his own unique street style and eye for fashion, he began styling local artists and acting as a buyer for a boutique in Toledo, OH. Brown decided to move to NYC and pivot from the blue-collar worker to what would be the beginning of his career in the entertainment and apparel industry.

Darryl worked as a marketing director and stylist for streetwear brands Rocksmith and SlamXHype collectively for 8 years. After a stint of freelance styling and creative initiatives, Darrlyn began working as a stylist/creative to another Midwest native, Kanye West. After much growth over 3 years, DB decided to launch two of his own clothing brands – his namesake label “Darryl Brown” during Paris fashion week in January 2019, and for the love and pride of his hometown region, “Midwest Kids” November 2018.


DR. DEITRA HICKEY | Serenity Health and Wellness

Stress Management & Work/Life Balance: Are they possible?

Dr. Deitra Hickey will navigate what it looks like when our stress gets out of hand while offering simple strategies on how to tackle life when it does. She will give practical, real-life examples of how to keep circumstances in perspective and have work/life balance, resilience, and quality relationships. 

About Dr. Deitra Hickey

Dr. Deitra Hickey, is a professional motivational speaker and the owner of Serenity Health & Wellness Center and Serenity Nail Salon in Maumee. She has been a Maumee Chamber Board member and very involved with the community. She was born in Toledo, Ohio, has been married for 23 years, has two dogs, and loves to play competitive volleyball.

Deitra is a Licensed Counselor, certified life coach, author, and  every Tuesday can be heard on WRQN as “Dr. D” giving advice to listeners.

She worked for Toledo Public Schools for 17 years. She was as a teacher, a school counselor, school principal and a professor at the University of Toledo. Deitra has conducted motivational speaking engagements for over a decade in the local area- including selling out the Valentine Theatre with her two empowerment night outs. In addition, she has traveled throughout the country and has been contracted as far away as Austria and Germany. Deitra developed her resilience at a young age due to the great deal of adversity that she endured. She has dedicated her life to helping others with their overall health and wellness, stress maintenance, life balance, and their journey towards professional and personal peace and contentment.

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