The Way Forward Leader Lunch Breaks take place every Wednesday at noon. Visit our calendar to see upcoming sessions.
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CLEVELAND PUBLIC LIBRARY: THE PEOPLE’S UNIVERSITY
Felton Thomas, Jr. (LC 2010), Executive Director & CEO, Cleveland Public Library
Felton talked about the library’s traditional role and how they are evolving the vision of what a library is. He shared how they are leveraging the trust and access the library has, as well as the knowledge and talents of community members, to become the great equalizer and help to distribute the gifts of Cleveland more equally through The People’s University.
LEADERSHIP ABROAD: THE CHANGING LANDSCAPE OF EUROPE
Elliot Posner, Ph.D., Professor and Chair Department of Political Science, Case Western Reserve University
Dr. Posner gave an overview of the current state of the European Union, their COVID response, the situation between the Ukraine and Russia, as well as what may be in store in the future.
CLEVELAND: AN ALL-STAR CITY
David Gilbert (LC 2001), President & CEO, Destination Cleveland & Greater Cleveland Sports Commission
David discussed the reach and anticipated impact of hosting the NBA All-Star game. He shared what the entire weekend entails, the collaborators that have helped make this weekend a reality, and what they have done to prepare the city. He also shared the ways they are expanding the reach of the event in the community beyond the weekend.
CARING FOR OUR CAREGIVERS DURING COVID
Melissa Kline (LC 2021), Senior Vice President, System Chief Nurse Executive, The MetroHealth System
Melissa gave an overview of the COVID experience through the lens of nurses over the past few years and shared stories of their love, dedication, and sacrifice. She discussed how MetroHealth is addressing the needs of their nurses and the opportunities and support they are providing, as well as ways everyone can help support nurses.
THE MAYORAL TRANSITION
Erika Anthony (CBB 2014, CLI 2010), Executive Director, Ohio Transformation Fund
Erika shared the process and priorities of the transition team, and the extensive research and conversations that led to the recommendations from each of the 10 committees. She also shared the extensive nature of the product they prepared for Mayor Bibb and his team, and the expectations and the urgency around the implementation of the recommendations. She discussed her takeaways from the process and how those across Northeast Ohio can best support the new administration.
CHIEF WILLIAMS: SEVEN SIGNIFICANT YEARS
Calvin Williams (LC 2017), Retired Chief of Police, City of Cleveland
Chief Williams talked about his leadership and decision-making approaches, highlighting the importance of collaboration and cooperation. He talked about his proudest moments and moving the police force from a warrior mentality to a guardian mentality. He also shared his opinion on the greatest challenges and opportunities ahead for the police division and the charter amendment passed in November, as well as what’s next for him.