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BUILDING A PLACE FOR ALL TO THRIVE

Tania Menesse (LC 2022), President & CEO, Cleveland Neighborhood Progress

Tania provided a background on Cleveland Neighborhood Progress and an overview of the elements of their work. She discussed their focus neighborhoods, as well as the challenges around the funding of CDCs and community engagement. She also shared the prospects for Shaker Square and the role of parks and greenspace in uplifting neighborhoods.

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Recorded 04/20/2022

A NEW APPROACH TO OLD ISSUES

Jeff Epstein (LC 2016), Chief of Integrated Development, City of Cleveland

Jeff shared some of the changes happening at City Hall, from culture shifts around teamwork and communication, to improving processes and empowering employees on all levels to contribute ideas and solutions. He discussed the focus internally on innovation and externally on accountability and transparency. He also shared updates on some major projects across the city.

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Recorded 04/13/2022

ALL IN FOR CLEVELAND

Baiju Shah, President & CEO, Greater Cleveland Partnership

Baiju shared why they chose the phrase, “all in,” how they developed the All-in Plan, and the five priorities outlined in the plan. He discussed how it will be essential for the public and private sectors to work together, and the critical role of the nonprofit community. He also shared how they anticipate making the necessary culture shifts, outlined some of the obstacles they foresee, and talked about how they will measure success.

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Recorded 04/06/2022

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
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Recorded 03/30/2022

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
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Recorded 03/23/2022

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.

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Recorded 03/17/2022