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“New #1 Reason for Talent Turnover

Crisis and What You Can Do About It”

Kalamazoo, MI

October 20, 2017


John Lankford


Premier Executive Forums


Event Information:

September 15, 2017 - 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

Kalamazoo Country Club

1609 Whites Rd.

Kalamazoo, MI 49008

Cost: $35.00 prepaid, $40.00 at the door

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Cost includes breakfast




John Lankford is an expert at executive coaching and developing leadership talent. John emphasizes alignment, individual planning and accountability for achieving clearly defined goals and dreams. Mr. Lankford has more than 25 years’ experience developing leaders across a wide array of diverse industries. He was responsible for leadership development as an executive at: Ford Motor Company, Comcast and Ascension Health. He has also been a presenter at the Disney Institute, the Worldwide Conference on Work Teams and the International Conference for Performance Improvement. Mr. Lankford’s work in designing a company-wide system to develop the next generation of executives was recognized as “the most comprehensive approach to developing leaders we have ever seen in corporate America” by the Program Director at the Center for Creative Leadership. John applies his experience as a national conference keynote speaker and has designed and implemented executive education and leadership programs with GE, the University of Michigan Business School and the Center for Creative Leadership. He has been tapped as an expert business source by The New York Times, CBS and DBusiness Magazine, in addition to having been a syndicated business columnist. John Lankford was recognized as the 2007, 2008, 2009 & 2010 North American Associate Business Advisor of the Year.
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“Becoming The Employer of Choice”

Grand Rapids, MI

November 17, 2017


Janis Petrini


Express Employment Professionals

Janis Petrini is an experienced Business Owner and Manager who has demonstrated the ability to lead diverse teams of employees to new levels of success in a variety of highly competitive industries, cutting edge markets, and fast-paced environments. Janis has a track record of more than 25 years of hands-on experience in strategic planning, business unit development, and project and people management. She is responsible for starting and growing the Grand Rapids, MI, Express Employment Professionals office, which opened in 1996. Janis’ dream is coming true as Express continues to help people during their job search and help companies with their staffing, human resource, and training challenges. For the 11 years prior to owning and operating Express, Janis was responsible for the operation and management of three top producing restaurants in a chain of 200 high-end steakhouses. Janis is also actively involved in giving back to the local community and is the Chairman of the Board for Mel Trotter Ministries as well as a Board Member for the Dove Foundation and passionate for her church community. Janis’s business is a 101 Best and Brightest Company to work for and her team is actively involved with the Mayor’s Top 100 and One Wyoming programs which involve mentoring our youth to be prepared for the career path.


Event Information:

November 17, 2017 - 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

University Club of Grand Rapids

111 Lyon St. NW #1025

Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Cost: $35.00 prepaid, $40.00 at the door

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“Seven Principles of Sound Governance: How Will Government Affect Your Business”

Detroit, MI

December 1st, 2017


Joseph Lehman


Mackinac Center for Public Policy

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Event Information:

December 1st, 2017 - 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

Birmingham Country Club

1750 Saxon Dr.

Birmingham, MI 48009

Cost: $35.00 prepaid, $40.00 at the door

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Joseph G. Lehman is president of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, an independent, nonprofit research and educational institute in Michigan. The Mackinac Center is one of the largest of 65 independent think tanks across the country that focus primarily on state-level policies that affect peoples’ freedom and quality of life. Lehman first joined the Mackinac Center in 1995. He later became vice president for communications at the Cato Institute in Washington, D.C., before returning to the Mackinac Center as its executive vice president. He became president in 2008. Lehman’s commentary on public policy has been carried by The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, National Public Radio, National Journal, National Review, Investor's Business Daily, Wired magazine and nearly every daily Michigan newspaper. He has addressed audiences at the National Conference of State Legislatures annual meeting, the Detroit Regional Chamber's annual Mackinac Policy Conference and gatherings of economists and policy experts in Europe, Latin America, Africa and Asia. He is vice chair of the National Taxpayers Union and a director of the Fairness Center, a nonprofit public-interest law firm. Lehman is a leader among state-based public policy experts. In 2013 the State Policy Network recognized him with its Roe Award for leadership, innovation and accomplishments in public policy. He has trained more than 600 think tank executives from nearly every state and more than 50 countries in strategic planning, communications and fundraising. Lehman is the leading instructor on the Overton Window theory developed by late Mackinac Center vice president Joseph Overton and has trained people around the world to understand this model of policy change. Prior to his public policy career, Lehman was an engineer and project manager for nine years at The Dow Chemical Co. He graduated from the University of Illinois College of Engineering and is a registered professional engineer. Lehman and his wife, Karen, are the founders of Midland County Habitat for Humanity. He twice received the Dow Chemical Vice President's Award for Community Service. He is an ordained deacon in the Presbyterian Church in America.


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