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Virtual Business Partner Breakfast featuring Ellen Burts-Cooper, PhD, MBA

August 5, 2021 @ 8:00 am - 10:00 am

Boosting employee engagement through community involvement

Join BVU for our Business Partner Breakfast, featuring Ellen Burts-Cooper, PhD, MBA.
Attendees will explore:

  • Talent attraction and corporate mission fulfillment through community impact
  • Community engagement and the strength of employee re-engagement after covid–with a compare and contrast of physical workplace, remote and hybrid work environments.
  • Talent retention and individual choice in community volunteerism

Featured Presenter:

Dr. Ellen Burts-Cooper is the senior managing partner of Improve Consulting and Training Group, a firm that provides personal and professional development training, coaching and consultation. Improve has been featured in Time Magazine, Black Voices, Smart Business Magazine, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Cleveland Jewish News, Cleveland.com and Crain’s Cleveland Business.

Dr. Burts-Cooper is on faculty at Case Western Reserve University in the Weatherhead Executive Education Program and The Institute for Management Studies (IMS). She is the author of the books “aMAZEing Organizational Teams: Navigating 7 Critical Attributes for Cohesion, Productivity and Resilience” and “Canine Instinct: A Guide to Survival and Advancement in Corporate America.”

Previously, Ellen served as a Senior Vice President and Senior Director of Operational Excellence, IT Performance Management and Governance for PNC Financial Services. Prior to the financial services industry, Ellen worked in the electronics industry where she led global teams in several functions at 3M Company in St. Paul, MN.

She earned a BS in chemistry from Stillman College in Tuscaloosa, AL, her PhD in organic/polymer chemistry from Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA, her MBA from the University of Minnesota, Carlson School of Business, and her Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt certification from 3M Company. 

Ellen is also an active volunteer and supporter for a host of community-related organizations across the US and provides college scholarships through her fund at The Cleveland Foundation. She is also a member of the National Wellness Institute.


member rate: $0
Nonmember rate: $15

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August 5, 2021
8:00 am - 10:00 am




Maria DiTurno
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