The Way Forward Leader Lunch Breaks take place every Wednesday at noon. Visit our calendar to see upcoming sessions.
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CITY LEADERSHIP – A CHANGING OF THE GUARD
Blaine Griffin (LC2 2015, LC 2014, CLC Board), City Council President, City of Cleveland
Blaine discussed where we are now as a city and region, his vision, and what we need to do, “to be the first, to be the best, and to be different.”
CONNECTING STUDENTS WITH CAREERS
Andrea Vullo (CLI 2015, CBB 2014), Strategic Partner, PACE (Planning and Career Exploration), Advocacy & Communication Solutions, LLC
Andrea talked about what PACE and its core components, the process and systems changes that are occurring throughout the district to accommodate PACE, and the needs and requirements to ensure successful outcomes.
OUR NATIONAL PARK – NOW AND IN THE FUTURE
Lisa J. Petit, Ph.D., Superintendent, Cuyahoga Valley National Park
Dr. Petit shared a bit of the history of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park (CVNP), what they do as an organization, and some of the changes coming in terms of growing service, access, and increased experiences. She shared how they work in conjunction with the adjacent communities, and the restoration and conservation efforts both underway and in store for the future.
BEHIND THE SCENES OF THE ROCK HALL INDUCTION CEREMONY
Greg Harris (LC 2010), President & CEO, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame & Museum
Nwaka Onwusa, Vice President & Chief Curator, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame & Museum
Greg and Nwaka shared behind-the-scenes anecdotes of the induction ceremony, unique moments with the artists, and stories about the collection of artifacts for the inductees exhibit. They also shared insights into the incredible amount of work and support required to host this event in Cleveland, especially during the pandemic.
DOWNTOWN CLE – THE VISION FOR ITS FUTURE
Michael Deemer (LC 2019), Michael Deemer (LC 2019), Downtown Cleveland Alliance
Michael shared the state of the recover of Downtown and some of the things they are doing to accelerate that recovery. He also discussed the vision for downtown and the direction they are headed as we emerge from the pandemic and in light of the sweeping leadership changes we are seeing across the community.
LOVE DOESN’T SHOVE: PROMOTING HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS
Gabriella Kreuz, Founder/Speaker, Love Doesn’t Shove
Gabriella shared the origin story of Love Doesn’t Shove and how she helps students understand and identify healthy and unhealthy relationship behaviors and patterns. She shared her approach to the subject, strategies for intervention, and her vision for spreading the message even further.