The Way Forward Leader Lunch Breaks take place every Wednesday at noon. Visit our calendar to see upcoming sessions.
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Global climate change at the local level
Stephen Love, Program Director, Environmental Initiatives, Cleveland Foundation
Stephen talked about what the annual United Nations Climate Change Conference is and who attends. He shared why Cleveland participated, including the members of the Cleveland delegation, the high-level takeaways from the conference, and what Cleveland’s focus is for the future.
The future of Cuyahoga County
Chris Ronayne, County Executive, Cuyahoga County
Chris talked about the scope of the County Executive role, his focus on community health and the justice system, and his priorities for his first 100 days.
Greater capacity to serve the greater need in Greater Cleveland
Kristin Warzocha, President & CEO, Greater Cleveland Food Bank
Kristin shared the Food Bank’s mission, their why, who they serve, as well as the features of their new facility and how it is helping them better serve those in need. She also discussed the next steps in their expansion, including how they are repurposing their old facility. She talked about their greatest challenges and how to get involved and support their work.
Building a competitive regional workforce by helping students own their future
Autumn Russell , Executive Director, Greater Cleveland Career Consortium
Autumn shared the background on how Greater Cleveland Career Consortium was created, their mission, vision, and the five buckets of their work. She discussed their recently announced expansion plan, as well as how people can get engaged.
Professional soccer comes to Cleveland: MLS NEXT is here!
Michael Murphy, Co-founder and CEO, Cleveland Soccer Group
Michael shared the origination story of the new team and discussed why soccer and why now. He also talked about the long-term vision for the soccer in Cleveland, from international matches to local development leagues, and new pitches across the community to a new stadium.
A leadership legacy
Jodi Berg, Ph.D., Former President & CEO, Vitamix
Dr. Berg talked about purpose-driven leadership, the different lenses through which different people view purpose, personal purpose versus organizational purpose, and how to leverage this information to elevate the satisfaction and effectiveness of every employee. She discussed how to find your purpose, as well as reflections from her time leading Vitamix.