The Way Forward Leader Lunch Breaks take place every Wednesday at noon. Visit our calendar to see upcoming sessions.
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REPRESENTATION MATTERS: CHILDREN’S EDITION
Thea DeRosa Cerra (CBB 2020), Executive Director, Cleveland Kids’ Book Bank
Thea provided an overview of the Book Bank, including the partnerships, collaborations, and volunteers that make their work possible. She recapped the recent Books Like Me Campaign, discussed the biggest challenge facing the Book Bank, and shared ways for people to get involved.
ASIA IN ACTION
Elaine Tso, CEO, Asian Services in Action, Inc. (ASIA)
Elaine shared the background of ASIA, who they serve, and an overview of their services. She also talked about the ways people can help and get involved, as well as her vision for the future.
SERVING MOTHERS. SAVING BABIES.
Jazmin Long (ALI 2018, CC 2013), CEO, Birthing Beautiful Communities
Jazmin provided the background on Birthing Beautiful Communities, as well as an overview of their mission and the services they provide. She shared the training they provide, both to mothers and to doulas, and their impressive outcomes.
CHOOSE TO LEAD
Jim Kubacki (LC2 2013, LC 2011), President, St. Edward High School
Jim discussed four types of leadership (personal, organizational, visionary, and operational) and elements of them that he thinks is important today.
WHAT’S NEXT FOR THE WEST SIDE MARKET
Jessica Trivisonno, Senior Strategist, West Side Market, City of Cleveland
Jessica provided a history of the Market, an overview of its current state, and the challenges facing the market, the City, and the vendors. She shared some of the recent changes, such as leasing, experimenting with new ideas, modernization, and building improvements. She also discussed the vision for the future including an independent operator, improving food access, strategic capital investments, and their commitment to continuing to “listen and learn.”
INTERNATIONAL CRISES, LOCAL IMPACT
Michael Goldberg (LC 2007, LookUp 1987), Executive Director, Veale Institute for Entrepreneurship, Case Western Reserve University
Michael discussed how local entrepreneurs have been impacted by global events. He also shared his thoughts on talent attraction and retention, how remote and hybrid work has altered where people choose to live, and how he sees artificial intelligence as the next big thing that will alter our world and businesses specifically.