Headquartered in Dublin, Ohio, The Central Ohio Professional Education Council is a non-profit, 501C3 organization that offers a variety of educational opportunities for individuals in the local community to achieve greater knowledge on issues involving many disciplines. This outreach is generally attained by partnering with local companies, churches, associations and organizations by providing workshops and seminars to their employees, members and volunteers.
Our mission is education, so you’ll never get a sales pitch from our speakers. We seek to inform, not sell, so you may rest assured that your members and employees who attend our workshops and seminars will be in the most ethical environment possible.
About Our Programs
All COPEC programs are presented at no cost by local volunteer experts and are provided with the goal of overall education without the influence of individual company marketing or sales presentations. Each speaker is committed to the education process and proud to have an impact in our community.
Through this website, you can search topics and order presentations right online. Save time and money by filling your education needs through our COPEC programming.
For Companies, Organizations & Associations
If your organization provides or would like to provide education programming for your employee Lunch & Learns, management team retreats, annual conferences, association meetings or any other company or organizational needs, you can count on COPEC to be able to provide the content. Absolutely free to use, COPEC assists you in scheduling industry experts in many different areas.
COPEC is always looking for new and diverse speakers to add to our community of providers. There is industry exclusivity – check our speaker database to see if your category is covered before applying to join. All speakers must have a philanthropic intention of participating as a COPEC speaker. If you are part of a non-profit or governmental agency, there is no cost. If you’re interested, please contact us for more information.
It is COPEC’s goal to ultimately reach you, the individual, to provide educational opportunities and expert resources about many topics important to you and your family. Attend employer programming, COPEC University classes or contact us to get assistance regarding personal questions. We are here to help.
For Business Owners
If you are a small business owner and would like COPEC to speak at your trade or professional association, please click here to learn more about our speakers and topics.
President – Board Chairman - James (Jay) LindnerApril 19, 2016
With over 20 years of community service and non-profit leadership, Jay has committed much of his life to serving our community. Co-founder and President of COPEC, Jay continues to strive to serve others needs before his own and inspire others to do the same. In addition to COPEC, Jay also is on the board of Future Possibilities Child Mentoring. Over
Secretary - Jerry SnyderApril 21, 2016
Jerry Snyder graduated from Ohio University with a B.S. degree in communications and a Minor in Business Administration. He later earned his MBA with emphasis in personal finance from Xavier University. Over the course of his career, Jerry has attained his Certified Financial Planning (CFP®) credentials and maintains active membership in the Financial Planning Association (FPA). Jerry is a member
Treasurer - Sherri FinleyApril 21, 2016
Sherri is the president of RS Tax & Accounting Services, Inc. She graduated from Cedarville University with a BA in Accounting. She has over 25 years of experience in public accounting, including individual, business, non-profit, trust and payroll tax preparation and processing payroll and preparing financial statements. She is also a certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor.
Board Member - Michelle GarrettSeptember 20, 2016
Michelle is a results-driven PR consultant, strategist and award-winning writer with more than 20 years of experience working with companies ranging in size from small start-ups to large corporations such as HP, Adobe, Arthrocare, Symantec and others. After spending seven years in Silicon Valley where she launched her own consulting practice, she returned to her roots in Ohio where she
Board Member - Russ GolowinSeptember 20, 2016
After graduation from law school, Russell worked for a boutique estate planning firm until he opened his own practice not far from downtown Columbus in the Upper Arlington/Grandview area. He has been hired to present seminars on Medicaid Planning for other attorneys and financial professionals as well as to speak to the members and retirees of the Ohio State Teachers
Thank you to all of our current and past companies, associations and organizations that have counted on COPEC for their educational needs. We are proud to serve each and every time.
Cindi Soloman – Program Manager, Employee Wellness
“I truly appreciate the dynamic workshops COPEC has provided to the Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Employee Wellness program. Their workshops have complimented our existing wellness workshops and I have been able to link many of the COPEC workshops to our monthly Employee Wellness themes. Each speaker is knowledgeable and engages the attendees in the subject matter. As I plan my yearly events I find ease in knowing that I can easily schedule workshops that will be well-received by our employees. It is a pleasure working with COPEC!”
“The Motorists Insurance Group has been working with COPEC since the beginning of 2010. We are extremely pleased with the professionalism of their representatives as well as the number of available programs and course content. We expect to continue offering COPEC programs to our associates.”
Margaret Wildi – Assistant Vice President – Work/Life Services
I would recommend the COPEC as a resource for a variety of educational programs. The speakers we have interacted with were very professional, well organized and delivered their message in a very concise manner. Our associates were very pleased with the presentations and we have plans to host a variety of sessions over the next several months.
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