County of Summit Executive Ilene Shapiro To Deliver Keynote Address At Goodwill Employee of Distinction Award Luncheon

AKRON, Ohio — Aug. 12, 2019 — Goodwill Industries serving Summit, Portage, Medina, Ashland and Richland Counties is pleased to have County of Summit Executive Ilene Shapiro, present the keynote address at its 18th Annual Employee of Distinction Award Luncheon on Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019. The speech is titled, “Summit County: Where the People Make the Place.”  Tickets for the event are $30 each and reservations can be made at

County Executive Ilene Shapiro became the fifth Summit County Executive in August of 2016 and is the first woman in Ohio to serve in this role. As Executive, Ilene manages a budget of nearly a half billion dollars and nine departments including: Administrative Services, Administration and Public Information, Community and Economic Development, Finance and Budget, Human Resources, Job and Family Services, Law, Insurance and Risk Management, Sanitary Sewer Services and the Medical Examiner.

Ilene Shapiro served on Summit County Council for ten years, three of those as Council President. Ilene served on various committees during her tenure on Council, including serving as the Chair of Planning and Economic Development Committee for seven years.

Executive Shapiro is an accomplished business leader with a history of successful business ventures for high growth, established, turn-around and start-up organizations and led Shapiro Consulting, which specialized in the areas of Sales, Marketing, Business Planning, Workforce and Economic Development.

Shapiro currently serves as a board member for the Akron Community Foundation, the University of Akron Research Foundation (UARF), the County Executives of America, the Summit County Land Reutilization Corporation, United Way of Summit County, Akron Metropolitan Area Transportation Study (AMATS), and the Greater Akron Chamber.  She also serves on the Summit and Medina Workforce Area Council of Governments and is a member of the Greater Akron Area ATHENA PowerLink governing body.  She is an alumnus of both Leadership America and Leadership Akron. She is a past President of the Women’s Network and is a founder of the Women’s Endowment Fund of the Akron Community Foundation.

In recognition of her distinguished work, Shapiro was awarded the U.S. Small Business Administration Women’s Business Advocate for the State of Ohio and the Judith A. Resnick Woman of the Year Award for Inspiration. In 2007, she was recognized with a Women of Professional Excellence Award from Women’s Network Inc. And in September 2008, Shapiro was honored as the 2008 Northeast Ohio Athena Award Recipient sponsored by ATHENA International and Inside Business Magazine. In 2011, the Akron Urban League awarded Ilene the distinction of being named as a Pioneer at their annual Pioneer and Protégé’s recognition event.  In 2015, she received the Harold Stubbs Award for Government. Most recently, in 2019, Executive Shapiro was recognized as a Crain’s Cleveland Business Women of Note honoree.

County Executive Shapiro lives in West Akron.

Employee of Distinction Luncheon
The Employee of Distinction Luncheon is Goodwill’s signature employee recognition event.  All honorees are acknowledged at the event, listed in the commemorative program, and in the running to be named one of the top Employees of Distinction (chosen by a panel of independent judges).  In addition, all honorees will receive a commemorative gift.

Event Details
Date:Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019
Time:  11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.  
Location: Guy’s Party Center, 500 E. Waterloo Road, Akron 
Cost: $30  
Event Chairs: Chris Canova, executive director, Jobs for Ohio’s Graduates; Todd Caruthers, vice president, sales & marketing, with Superior Staffing and Superior Search Group; Kara Hanzie, executive director, Ohio Living Rockynol; Chrissy Myers, director & CEO, AUI; and Dana Wherley, director of human resources, Ohio Living Rockynol.

Event Sponsors

Thank you to the event sponsors – Platinum: AUI; and OMNOVA Solutions Foundation; Silver: Britton Gallagher; Eric & Nan McClenaghan; PNC Financial Services Group; W3 Wealth Management; Bronze: Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.; Bober Markey Fedorovich; Campbell Construction Inc.; Fifth Third Bank; Navigator Management Partners; and Roetzel & Andress; Copper: Crain, Langner & Co.; S.A. Comunale Co., Inc.; and Marc Servodio, SS&G Wealth Management; Table: David Bucci; Chuck Ducey; Impel Wealth Management; and Superior Staffing and Superior Search Group; Gold Program Partner: Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority; Greater Akron Chamber; Jobs for Ohio’s Graduates; Ohio Living Rockynol; and Summit County Executive Ilene Shapiro’s Department of Job and Family Services; Silver Program Partner: Akron Public Schools; Blick Center; Child Guidance & Family Solutions; Community Support Services; Summit County Children Services and VANTAGE Aging; Bronze Program Partner: Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank, County of Summit ADM Board; and Project Learn of Summit County; Diamond Patron: Jennifer & Justin Bako; David & Kathleen Bucci; Bill & Mary Glaeser; Danielle J. Kimmell, CPA; and Kimberly & Greg Morton; Gold Patron: Chip Clupper; Patron: Brad Gilbo; Dr. Mary Beth Kluge; The Lefton Group, LLC; Lynn & Bambi Miller; Mary Anne & C. Allen Nichols; and Bob Pacanovsky – Black Tie Experience; Honoree Sponsor: First National Bank; Media: akronlife and WAKR/WONE/WQMX/WNWV; In-Kind: Akron Civic Theatre; Akron Zoo; Greater Akron Chamber of Commerce

About Goodwill Industries Serving Summit, Portage, Medina, Ashland & Richland Counties

The Goodwill Industries of Akron, Ohio, Inc., is a not-for-profit corporation that helps individuals prepare for, find and retain employment. Operating in the five-county region of Summit, Portage, Medina, Ashland & Richland, the agency was established in 1927. It is a private, independent organization, operating as an affiliate member of Goodwill Industries International. Goodwill helps to directly strengthen the region’s workforce through its employment programs and indirectly through the net proceeds from its retail outlets and business services division. For more information about GIA, visit or call 800-989-8428.    


Contact:    Jennifer Bako
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