The Way Forward Leader Lunch Breaks take place every Wednesday at noon. Visit our calendar to see upcoming sessions.
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Debating for a stronger Ohio
Jill Zimon, Executive Director, Ohio Debate Commission
Jill shared background on the Ohio Debate Commission (ODC), what they do, and how they involve people in the voting process, and how they help voters make decisions. She also discussed the candidates reluctance to take part in debates, the interest of the younger generations in the election process and debates, as well as what’s on the horizon for ODC.
Racism as a public health crisis: the vision and the progress
Marsha Mockabee, President & CEO, Urban League of Cleveland
Marsha shared the background and vision for the Racism as a Public Health Crisis Coalition (RAPHC-C), as well as the five pillars their work is centered around. She detailed the structure of the organization, the individuals involved, and how they are tackling the monumental task of transforming the current state of racial equity in Cleveland into the desired state of racial equity.
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.