Specials Programs

Special Programming at the Jefferson Educational Society

Lecom Health Summit

To help the country’s largest medical school celebrate its 25th anniversary by offering the gift of free presentations and lectures to the Erie community, the Jefferson hosted the LECOM Focus on Wellness Health Summit: A Provocative Insight into the Interaction of the Body, Mind, and Spirit during its Summer Term 2017 programming. The inaugural Health Summit drew an average 270 attendees to each of the five events and featured LECOM faculty members and expert practitioners Doctors Patrick Leary, Greg Coppola, James Lin, and Joshua Tuck, along with a keynote address from Dr. Ivan Rusilko, who graduated from LECOM in 2010.

Patrick Leary

Patrick Leary

Greg Coppola

Greg Coppola

James Lin

James Lin

Joshua Tuck

Joshua Tuck

Ivan Rusilko

Ivan Rusilko

Jefferson Dinners

Launched as one of the three key initiatives of the Jefferson Alliance for Community Progress, the Jefferson Dinner Series gathers elected officials and key industry stakeholders throughout Erie County to explore the history, significant challenges, and potential future of the region.

Steve Bair

Steve Bair, Fire Director
Centre Region Council of Governments
June 30, 2015

Russell Redding

Hon. Russel C. Redding, PA Secretary of Agriculture
December 5th, 2016
“Agriculture in Pennsylvania – History, Challenges, Future”

Pedro Rivera

Hon. Pedro Rivera, PA Secretary of Education
March 23rd, 2017
“The Future of Public Schools in Pennsylvania’s Education”

Kerry Kirkland

Kerry L. Kirkland, Deputy Secretary
Diversity, Inclusion and Small Business Opportunities
Pennsylvania Department of General Services
December 21, 2017
"Challenges to Municipal Services in Northwestern Pennsylvania"

David Shipler, Pulitzer Prize Winner for General Nonfiction

March 28, 2019

"The Working Poor: Invisible in America"

Bruce Katz, Drexel University

June 3, 2019

Luncheon at the Pennsylvania Downtown Center Conference

of Innovation, Entreprenuership & Economic Vitality

Also featuring Tom Murphy, Urban Land Institute,

Tim NeCastro, Erie Insurance Group,

David Gibbons, UPMC Hamot, 

and Keith Taylor, Gannon University

Rachel Mauer, Co-founder and President of the Pittsburgh Chapter
of the German American Chamber of Commerce

July 30, 2019

“Dual Apprenticeship, the German-Pittsburgh Model
and How Erie’s Economy and Youth can Benefit”