The Way Forward Leader Lunch Breaks take place every Wednesday at noon. Visit our calendar to see upcoming sessions.
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Scare Your Soul
Scott Simon, Founder & Author, Scare Your Soul
Scott shared a story of courage, five takeaways, and eight words to help you transform the way you live and lead. He also talked about ways to push through fear and small actions that you can do daily to face fear each day.
Gund Foundation: New leadership, new vision
Anthony Richardson, President, The George Gund Foundation
Anthony discussed The Foundation’s priorities and the issues within those priorities that they want to address. He shared the focus and some of the work of The Foundation since he’s been at the helm and what he wants to accomplish during his tenure. He also covered a wide array of topics surrounding the nonprofit landscape in Cleveland.
Leading through difficult decisions
Jan Murphy, President & CEO, Sisters of Charity Health System
Jan provided a history of the Sisters of Charity and their work in Cleveland. She shared the factors that contributed to the transition they announce in September for St. Vincent Charity Medical Center and how they are supporting caregivers during the transition. She discussed their commitment to improving health outcomes in the Central neighborhood and the services they will provide going forward. She finished with advice on making hard and unpopular decisions as a leader and how to stay positive in the face of criticism.
Human Trafficking: It Happens Here
Kirsti Mouncey , President & CEO, Collaborative to End Human Trafficking
Kirsti gave an overview of the official definition of human trafficking and where it takes place. She shared local happenings, examples of the kinds of situations and vulnerabilities that lead to human trafficking and provided statistics. She also discussed some scenarios to watch out for and what to do if you suspect human trafficking is taking place, and how the Collaborative is working to prevent the systems and vulnerabilities that can lead to human trafficking.
Spreading hope through academic and community excellence
Victor Ruiz, Executive Director, Esperanza, Inc.
Victor shared who Esperanza is, who they serve, and the services they offer. He also talked about how they are expanding and shifting to meet the needs of their population as it shifts in need and geography.
Workforce development: a simple solution
Craig Dorn, President & CEO, Youth Opportunities Unlimited (Y.O.U.)
Craig shared his simple solution for solving poverty, racism, and the talent shortage – connecting young people to jobs. He discussed why this is effective, how it addresses the three issues, and how it can be done.