The Way Forward Leader Lunch Breaks take place every Wednesday at noon. Visit our calendar to see upcoming sessions.
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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.
THE OPPORTUNITY CORRIDOR – A NEIGHBORHOOD PERSPECTIVE
Joy Johnson (LC 2021, CBB 2015), Executive Director, Burten, Bell, Carr Development, Inc.
Denise Van Leer, Executive Director, Fairfax Renaissance Development Corporation
Denise and Joy shared the planning process for the Opportunity Corridor, how the neighborhoods and residents were involved, and the ultimate vision for the Corridor. They talked about projects underway, as well as what’s up next for the area.
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.