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ONE YEAR LATER: HOW THE PANDEMIC CHANGED US ALL

Eric Gordon (LC 2013), Chief Executive Officer, Cleveland Metropolitan School District

Elizabeth McIntyre (LC 2006), Executive Editor, Crain’s Cleveland Business

Dr. Margaret McKenzie (LC 2019, CLC Board), President, South Pointe Hospital, Cleveland Clinic

Kristin Warzocha (LC 2010, CBB 2002, CLC Board), President and CEO, Greater Cleveland Food Bank

In this candid conversation Eric, Elizabeth, Margaret, and Kristin shared their biggest organizational and personal challenges, their leadership advice, lessons learned, and in hindsight what they would have done differently. They talked about the importance of imparting confidence as a leader, and how critical communication, compassion, and empathy are when leading in difficult and uncertain times.

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Recorded 03/15/2021

SOUTHWEST AIRLINES: THE PANDEMIC, 50 YEARS, AND 1 MILLION ACTS OF KINDNESS

Ana Schwager, Community Outreach Lead, Southwest Airlines

Ana shared a bit of Southwest Airlines culture, how they weathered the early days of the pandemic, and how they pivoted to meet the market where it is now and moving forward. She also discussed their 1 Million Acts of Kindness campaign in celebration of their 50th anniversary celebration this year.

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Recorded 03/10/2021

ACCELERATE 2021 FINALISTS: WHAT’S NEXT

  • Sara Kidner: Read Like Me Watch now>
  • Antwoine Washington + Michael Russell, MOCHA Gallery Watch now>
  • Abigail Poeske + Rachel Hosler, An Ecosystem of Innovators Watch now>
  • Laylah Allen + Ashley Welch, Project Coping Box Watch now>
  • Michelle Park, Project DeLight: Dark Night, Stars Bright Watch now>
  • Lisa Rose-Rodriguez, Planting Stems of Peace Watch now>

The winners talk about their Accelerate experience, what their next steps are, and what success looks like for their projects. They each also shared words of advice for others with ideas and passion projects.

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Recorded 03/03/2021

WHY STEMMING THE EXODUS OF WOMEN FROM THE WORKFORCE IS AN ECONOMIC & SOCIAL IMPERATIVE

Denise Reading (LC 2003), CEO, GetWorkerFIT and LDR Worldwide

Denise illustrated the myriad ways in which the pandemic has driven women from the workplace, what this means for organizations and our society, as well as ways to help stem the exodus and reintegrate women back into the workforce.

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Recorded 02/24/2021

ACCELERATE SUCCESS SHOWCASE

Karson Baldwin, Accelerate 2019 Winner: Onè Respè,

Matt Fieldman (CBB 2012), Accelerate 2015 Winner: Cleveland Codes,

Jowan Smith, Accelerate 2020 Winner: 1,000 Ties & Accelerate 2017 Finalist: Getting Our Babies to College 101,

Matt, Karson, and Jowan shared how their Accelerate pitches have taken flight and are changing lives, the challenges they’ve faced, and how people can help advance their work.

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Recorded 02/17/2021

WOMEN IN STEM

Jane Christyson, CEO, Girl Scouts of North East Ohio

Jane shared how the Girl Scouts are focused on building leadership and cultivating a strong interest in STEM for girls. She shared the newest initiatives and what’s next for the Girl Scouts of North East Ohio.

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Recorded 02/10/2021