The Way Forward Leader Lunch Breaks take place every Wednesday at noon. Visit our calendar to see upcoming sessions.
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Improving Northeast Ohio’s economic competitiveness
Michael Weidokal, International Economist and Speaker,
Michael discussed the recent history and current state of Northeast Ohio’s economic growth and what economic competitiveness means. He shared our region’s advantages and challenges and the keys to the future of NEO’s economic future.
Ensuring equal rights and eliminating racial discrimination
Edwin Hubbard Jr. , Executive Director, NAACP, Cleveland Branch
Edwin shared a brief history of the Cleveland branch of the NAACP, what the organization does, and his vision for the branch. He discussed a few recent and upcoming events, including the branch’s major fundraising event, the Freedom Fund Dinner, as well as engaging youth, the critical work of their volunteers.
Did you know? Public dollars help people get into jobs
Michelle Rose, Executive Director, Ohio Means Jobs- Cleveland Cuyahoga
Michelle discussed Jobs Ohio’s funding, providers, governance, and the services they provide to job seekers and employers. She shared their three areas of strategic focus, as well as opportunities for collaboration.
A very short cybersecurity primer for business leaders
Andy Jones, CEO, Fortress Security Risk Management, a division of MCPC
Andy dicussed the biggest cyber security threats, the risk factors, and how to mitigate those risks. He shared the current environment of increasing regulation of organizational cyber security policies and insurance. He shared some of the issues facing the cyber security industry and how businesses can become more “cyber resilient.”
Helping young people with challenges thrive
Habeebah Rasheed Grimes, Chief Executive Officer, Positive Education Program
Habeebah provided a brief background of Positive Education Program (PEP), their history and what they do. She shared their three priority areas for the next few years to optimize existing programs and services, innovate new programs and services, and establish a flourishing workplace. She also discussed how the pandemic has created new challenges for the people they serve and their organization.
Clean air, water, and soil: The EPA responds to crises
Mark Durno, Homeland Security Advisor, Region 5, U.S. EPA
Mark shared the EPA’s work across the region, from clean-up efforts of toxic waste on abandoned sites and homeland security responsibilities, to responding to major crises, such as the 2001 Anthrax attacks, the Flint water crisis, and the train derailment in East Palestine. He shared details about the East Palestine situation, including their initial response, current clean-up efforts, what’s on tap for the near future, the anticipated long-term impacts, and their continued community involvement and education efforts.