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COMMUNITY ADVANCEMENT THROUGH COLLABORATION

Ricardo León, Executive Director, Metro West Community Development Organization

Ricardo shared the planning process Metro West undertook to create a comprehensive master plan for the Clark-Fulton neighborhood. He shared the collaborative process of bringing together stakeholders, partner organizations, and the community at-large, the over-arching vision for the neighborhood, and the eight focal points of the plan.

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Recorded 09/22/2021

NORTHEAST OHIO REAL ESTATE, WHAT’S THE DEAL?

Michael Cantor (LC2 2013, LC 2012), Managing Director & Principal, Allegro Real Estate Brokers & Advisors

Seth Task, President, Ohio REALTORS

Michael and Seth discussed the affects of the pandemic on the commercial, industrial, and residential real estate markets. The shared the current trends in each sector and factors affecting those trends, and what they foresee on the horizon in the coming months.

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Recorded 09/15/2021

PLASTIC POLLUTION + OUR GREAT LAKE

Eric Freedman, Ph.D., Knight Center for Environmental Journalism Chair and Professor, Michigan State University

Dr. Freedman discussed how microplastics are entering our water supply, the downstream effects they’re having across industries, and what we need to do to turn the tide.

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Recorded 09/08/2021

RETURNING EMPLOYEES TO THE OFFICE: WHEN? HOW? WHAT NOW?

Shelly Peet (LC2 2013, LC 2009, CBB 2001, CLC Board), VP, Human Resources & Chief Information Officer, Nordson Corporation

Dalithia Smith (LC 2020), Senior Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer, Oatey Co.

Dalithia and Shelly discussed how Oatey and Nordson have led employees through the pandemic, from the initial stages through today. They discussed the pros and cons of remote and hybrid work, vaccination and mask regulations, mental health and well-being initiatives, attracting and retaining talent in this competitive job market, and how they remain flexible as the situation continues to evolve.

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Recorded 09/01/2021

CLE’S MAYORAL RACE: INSIGHTS & INFLUENCES

Nick Castele, Reporter/Producer, ideastream

Nick shared his observations of the campaign including, how candidates are getting their message out, the messages they are putting forth, endorsements, and make or break issues. He also discussed voter registration and voter turnout.

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Recorded 08/25/2021

GREATER CLEVELAND RTA: THE ROAD AHEAD

India Birdsong (LC 2022), General Manager & CEO, Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority

India shared what attracted her to Cleveland, projects on the horizon for RTA, and their focus on equity and serving those who need them most. She discussed RTA’s new focus on community impact, involving the community and ensuring riders feel safe are provided with the connectivity they need.

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Recorded 08/18/2021