The Way Forward Leader Lunch Breaks take place every Wednesday at noon. Visit our calendar to see upcoming sessions.
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ALL THINGS AEROSPACE IN OHIO
Dr. John Sankovic, President & CEO, Ohio Aerospace Institute
Dr. Sankovic gave an overview of what the Ohio Aerospace Institute does across Ohio and their three areas of focus:
- Research & technology development
- Education & training
- Collaboration & technology-based economic development
FIGHTING FOR WOMEN AND GIRLS
Stephenie Foster, Author and Founding Partner, Smash Strategies
Stephenie talked about how to become an advocate, the resources she has available for those who want to create change. She also touched on each of the four main concepts of her new book, Take Action: Fighting for Women and Girls:
- Girls’ education
- Women’s economic empowerment
- Political participation by women
- Gender-based violence
THE LEADER WE ALL WISH WE HAD IS YOU
Dr. Amy Acton, Former Director, Ohio Department of Health
Dr. Acton shared her background and how she ended up in the crosshairs of history. She discussed her work at the Ohio Department of Health pre-pandemic and a behind-the-scenes of the early pandemic days. She talked about how empowerment, brutal honesty, and vulnerability were the cornerstones of her leadership. She also touched on the cooperation and collaboration that created a united front administratively, and what we need to do going forward.
FINDING HOPE AND A NEW HOME IN CLEVELAND
Darren Hamm, Director, Cleveland Office, U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI)
Darren provided a background of USCRI in Cleveland and the 14-organization collaborative of which they are part of, that provides support through the resettlement process and beyond. He talked about the resettlement process, trends locally across time and currently, as well as touching on the current situation with Afghani and Ukrainians seeking asylum in Cleveland.
SAVING LOCAL PERFORMING ARTS & MUSIC VENUES
Sean Watterson (LC 2016), Owner, Happy Dog
Kathy Blackman, Owner, Grog Shop & B Side Lounge
Sean and Kathy shared their stories from the beginning of the pandemic through today, discussing how they navigated closures, reopenings, and the subsequent waves of the pandemic. They shared how they supported their employees over the course of the past two years, and the coalitions that have been built, locally and nationally, to advocate for the arts as jobs and the economy.
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.