The Way Forward Leader Lunch Breaks take place every Wednesday at noon. Visit our calendar to see upcoming sessions.
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RETURNING EMPLOYEES TO THE OFFICE: WHEN? HOW? WHAT NOW?
Shelly Peet (LC2 2013, LC 2009, CBB 2001, CLC Board), VP, Human Resources & Chief Information Officer, Nordson Corporation
Dalithia Smith (LC 2020), Senior Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer, Oatey Co.
Dalithia and Shelly discussed how Oatey and Nordson have led employees through the pandemic, from the initial stages through today. They discussed the pros and cons of remote and hybrid work, vaccination and mask regulations, mental health and well-being initiatives, attracting and retaining talent in this competitive job market, and how they remain flexible as the situation continues to evolve.
CLE’S MAYORAL RACE: INSIGHTS & INFLUENCES
Nick Castele, Reporter/Producer, ideastream
Nick shared his observations of the campaign including, how candidates are getting their message out, the messages they are putting forth, endorsements, and make or break issues. He also discussed voter registration and voter turnout.
GREATER CLEVELAND RTA: THE ROAD AHEAD
India Birdsong (LC 2022), General Manager & CEO, Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority
India shared what attracted her to Cleveland, projects on the horizon for RTA, and their focus on equity and serving those who need them most. She discussed RTA’s new focus on community impact, involving the community and ensuring riders feel safe are provided with the connectivity they need.
THE ARTS, THE REOPENING, AND THE RECOVERY AHEAD
Laura Kepley (LC 2021), Artistic Director, Cleveland Play House
Laura gave an overview of how Cleveland Play House worked through the challenges of the pandemic through virtual programming. She shared how they are viewing the upcoming season as a homecoming where old and new friends can re/connect and process the emotions of the past year, and gave an overview of each show in the 2021-2022 season. She also shared what’s happening around town through other arts organizations.
CLEVELAND METROPARKS’ RE-CONNECTING CLEVELAND
Brian Zimmerman (LC2 2014, LC2 2012, LC 2011), CEO, Cleveland Metroparks
Brian gave a brief overview of all of the recent projects the Metroparks have completed (Whiskey Island Connector, Red Line Greenway, the Noshery, Towpath Stage 4, Brighton Park, Wendy Park Bride, The Lindsey Family Play Space, Eagle Zip Adventure, and the Lake Erie Water Trail), highlighted some of the happenings and opportunities for visitors across they park system – including their redesigned app, and shared plans for the future. He also noted the recent Innovation in Social Equity national award the Metroparks received and that they are once again a Finalist for the National Gold Medal Award for Parks & Recreation.
TRANSFORMING COMMUNITIES THROUGH VISUAL ART
Stamy Paul (LC 2020), Founder & President, Graffiti HeArt
Stamy shared Graffiti HeArt’s origin story, their work and growth over the past seven years in elevating the work of local artists and opening doors through scholarship opportunities for aspiring young artists. She shared some of the projects they’ve helped bring to life, as well as details about the upcoming WRDSMTH tour during which he will create 15 new murals across Cleveland.