The Way Forward Leader Lunch Breaks take place every Wednesday at noon. Visit our calendar to see upcoming sessions.
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COVID-19 AND CLEVELAND’S CULTURAL INSTITUTIONS
Kirsten Ellenbogen (LC 2014), President & CEO, Great Lakes Science Center
Greg Harris (LC 2010), President & CEO, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame & Museum
Kirsten and Greg talked about how they prepared their institutions for the shut-down, how the local cultural organizations worked together, how they innovated to continue to serve the community, and what they see for the near-term future.
THE U.S. COAST GUARD IN CLE
Rear Admiral Donna Cottrell, Commander, Ninth District, U.S. Coast Guard
Rear Admiral Cottrell shared what the Coast Guard does on the Great Lakes, some of the challenges they are facing right now.
THE PANDEMIC AND THE ARTS
Kevin Moore (LC 2009), Managing Director, Cleveland Play House
Kevin talked about how the pandemic has affected the organization and the considerations and scenarios for reopening.
COVERING COMMUNITY ISSUES
Elizabeth McIntyre (LC 2006), Publisher & Editor, Crain’s Cleveland Business
Elizabeth talked about Crain’s Cleveland Business’ approach to covering tough, emotionally-charged topics and how they are working to better reflect the community.
EMPOWERING URBAN YOUTH
Jowan Smith (Accelerate 2020 Winner and 2017 Finalist), Chief Executive Officer, 1,000 Ties + Post-Secondary Education Consultant and Motivational Speaker
Jowan discussed how Getting Our Babies to College and 1,000 Ties came to life, how she’s helping empower urban youth by teaching etiquette and communication skills, mentoring, and college and career preparation. She also talked about her upcoming book and her plans for the future.
PROVIDENCE HOUSE: PIVOTING IN A PANDEMIC
Natalie Leek (LC 2010), President and CEO, Providence House
Natalie discussed how Providence house pivoted from an onsite program to an entirely remote services to serve over 300 families since March. She also shared their plan to re-open their west side residential site and their planned expansion on the east side, and the challenges they’ve faced with both of those endeavors.