The Way Forward Leader Lunch Breaks take place every Wednesday at noon. Visit our calendar to see upcoming sessions.
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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.
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.