The Way Forward Leader Lunch Breaks take place every Wednesday at noon. Visit our calendar to see upcoming sessions.
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Cleveland: New voices, new vision, new trajectory
Rajzia Whitley, Executive Assistant to Councilwoman Howse, Cleveland City Council
Jessica Colombi, Director of Policy & Research, Cleveland City Council
Rajzia shared the visions, goals, and top issues for Councilwoman Howse’s ward (Ward 7) and Jessica shared some of the city’s biggest challenges. They discusses what it’s like to work alongside the new administration, the collaborative effort between the Council office and the Mayor’s staff on how to spend the ARPA funds, and their hopes for the Council moving forward. They also shared ways people can stay informed of Council and ward happenings.
Public health in CLE: where are we now?
Dr. David Margolius , Director of Public Health, City of Cleveland
Dr. Margolius shared his background as well as an overview of Cleveland’s Public Health Department and the scope of their work. He shared some of the major public health issues facing our community (smoking, lead poisoning, traffic deaths, opioids, etc.). He also talked about where we stand with COVID and the vaccine distribution for monkeypox.
Leadership in higher education
Dr. Elad Granot, Dean, Boler College of Business, John Carroll University
Dr. Granot provided a background on the leadership positions he’s held from the Israeli defense Forces and venture capital firms, to Fortune 500 companies and higher education institutions. He provided his 10 personal action steps to get to the Pinnacle of Maxwell’s 5 Levels of Leadership.
Cleveland’s Innovation Ecosystem: An overview of how we help innovators from idea to scale
Brandon Cornuke, VP of Strategy & Innovation, MAGNET
Brandon gave a background on MAGNET and Northeast Ohio Startup Network, as well other local organizations that support innovation and entrepreneurs. He also shared how Cleveland’s innovation and entrepreneur ecosystem compare to other cities, and how to be more innovative in your own work.
Talent retention: minority flight
Sondra Palivoda, Manager of Research, Team NEO
Sarah Lentz, Research Associate, Team NEO
Sondra and Sarah discussed the current state of supply versus demand regarding jobs across Northeast Ohio and the factors contributing to the imbalance. They shared the results of Team NEO’s migration research including, where people moved to (from Cleveland) and where people moved from (to Cleveland), how Cleveland compares to peer cities, and the demographics of the people leaving the region. The capped the presentation off with recommendations on how to attract and retain talent in NEO.
Hatred: an ever-present epidemic
Erika Rudin-Luria, President, Jewish Federation of Cleveland
Erika shared an overview of the Jewish Federation of Cleveland and Anti-Semitism and discussed its roots. She talked about the exponential increase in Anti-Sematic events globally, nationally, and locally, including a number of examples. She talked about the work the Jewish Federation of Cleveland is doing to combat Anti-Semitism and how everyone can help.