The Way Forward Leader Lunch Breaks take place every Wednesday at noon. Visit our calendar to see upcoming sessions.
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Transforming schools toward educational equity
Meghann Marnecheck, Executive Director, Cleveland Transformation Alliance
Meghann provided background on The Cleveland Plan and the Cleveland Transformation Alliance (CTA), including CTA’s original four goals. She shared an overview of the Cleveland Metropolitan School District and how CTA fits into the landscape. She discussed the recent refresh of their goals, as well as how to show support for schools and educators, and ways to get involved.
Strengthening underserved communities
Yvette Ittu, EVP, Finance and Operations / President, Greater Cleveland Partnership / Cleveland Development Advisors
Yvette shared who Cleveland Development Advisors are and their relationship to Greater Cleveland Partnership. She gave an historical snapshot of their investments since their funding in 1989, the major themes of those investments by decade, and the transformational and catalytic impacts they’ve had. She also touched on their Equitable Development Ecosystem Collaborative.
Leading the Circle
Kate Borders, President, University Circle Inc.
Kate talked about what attracted her to Cleveland and University Circle Inc. (UCI) and what she’s learned in her first few months in the role. She shared some of the themes emerging from her listening tour, including some of the perceptions Clevelanders have of UCI, and discussed some of UCI’s programs and offerings.
Dr. Michael Baston, Ed.D., J.D., President, Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C)
Dr. Baston talked about the vision of Tri-C and their current demographics, and gave a brief history of the leadership and direction of the college across the years. He shared his vision to move “citizens from economic fragility to economic mobility” and discussed the first 100 days and the listening tour that shaped the Presidential and Divisional Goals they have currently set forth.
New Approaches in Cleveland Workforce
Danielle Crawford, Program Leader Grantmaking, Deaconess Foundation
Danielle touched on the background of the Cuyahoga County Workforce Funders Group and their desired impact. She talked about the systems change innovations that the group has worked on and their outcomes. She also discussed the focus and goals for 2023 and 2024, and how they innovations are helping to overcome challenges to connect workers with organizations in need.
Strengthening our community through journalism
Lila Mills , Cleveland Editor-in-Chief, Signal Cleveland
Lila shared what Signal is and its background. She discussed the purpose of the organization, how they are changing the news model, and what the local community wants from their news organizations. She talked about the benefits of their news model, their funding, and their collaborations.