The Way Forward Leader Lunch Breaks take place every Wednesday at noon. Visit our calendar to see upcoming sessions.
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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.
NAACP: ADDRESSING SYSTEMIC RACISM LOCALLY
Danielle Sydnor (ALI 2018, CBB 2014), Founder | President, We Win Strategies Group | NAACP Cleveland Branch
Danielle talked about the work of the NAACP locally, particularly how they are engaged in voter registration and Census efforts, what the community needs to do to support anti-racism efforts and the challenges in this work.
CENSUS 2020: CRITICAL TO CLE’S FUTURE
Juan Galeano, Project Consultant: 2020 Census, The Cleveland Foundation
Juan shared a number of initiatives that have already taken place to increase the Census response, what’s still to come, and how people can pitch in and help increase the response from underrepresented populations.
THE CLEVELAND POLICE FOUNDATION: AFFECTING SYSTEMIC CHANGE
Grant Dinner (LC 2019), Chief Operating Officer | Board of Directors President, Weinberg Wealth Management, LLC | The Cleveland Police Foundation
Angela Thi Bennett (ALI 2018, CLI 2017), Consultant, Director of Development and Programming, The Cleveland Police Foundation
Grant and Angela discussed how the Cleveland Police Foundation is fostering stronger relationships between the community and police officers through a number of programs, including the Public Safety Career Pipeline Program.
CREATING A COMMUNITY-WIDE CONVERSATION ON RACE
Eddie Harrell (LC 2015), Regional Vice President, Radio One
Kevin Griffin (LC 2019), Senior Vice President, The Adcom Group
Eddie and Kevin talked about the collaboration that created the Justice for All radio presentation got started, how they designed the program, and what the next steps are for our community and its leaders.