We Are Cleveland:
Leading for Change

A full day of workshops to:

  • Give you insight into Cleveland’s civic landscape.
  • Enhance your collaborative leadership skills to maximize your impact.
  • Make connections with other leaders who are passionate about advancing our beloved city.

Featured Keynote

Peter Kageyama

Author of For the Love of Cities: The Love Affair Between People and Their Places and the follow up, Love Where You Live: Creating Emotionally Engaging Places.
Learn about Peter and his books. >


Thursday, August 16, 2018
Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
(1375 East Ninth Street, Floor 2)

8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Registration + breakfast
8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Welcome, keynote + workshops
12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m. Lunch
12:30 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. Peer discussion groups
1:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. Workshops
4:00 p.m. Happy hour at Sausalito on Ninth

$150 general registration
$35 student registration
All tickets include breakfast, lunch, afternoon snack, and happy hour appetizers.

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  • Workshops + Presenters

    Two tracks are available and you can switch across tracks throughout the day to attend the sessions that appeal most to you.
    [CU] = Civic understanding
    [CL] = Collaborative leadership

    9:45 – 10:45 a.m.

    Innovation in re-entry [CU]

    Community partner: Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry

    • Brandon Chrostowski
      Founder, President & CEO, EDWIN’s Leadership & Restaurant Institute

    Navigating Cleveland’s civic landscape [CU]

    Sponsored by The Lubrizol Corporation
    Community partner: The Fund for Our Economic Future

    • David Abbott (Stokes CLI 2018, LC 1989)
      Executive Director, The George Gund Foundation

    Community perceptions, the media and you [CL]

    Community partner: Center for Arts-Inspired Learning

    • Micki Byrnes (CEBC 2012, LC 2005, CLC Board of Trustees)
      President & General Manager, WKYC Channel 3
    • Kevin Martin
      President & CEO, ideaStream | WVIZ/PBS l WCPN/NPR |
    • Elizabeth McIntrye (LC 2006)
      Publisher and Editor, Crain’s Cleveland Business
    • George Rodrigue (LC2 2017, LC 2016)
      President & Editor, The Plain Dealer

    Inclusive intergenerational communication [CL]

    Sponsored by Dise & Company
    Community partner: Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging

    • Evie DuVernay
      Director of Look Up To Cleveland, Cleveland Leadership Center
    • Nick Aylward
      Director of College and Young Professional Programs, Cleveland Leadership Center

    11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

    Advocacy for community change [CU]

    Community partner: Greater Cleveland Community Shares

    • John Corlett (LC 2016)
      President and Executive Director, The Center for Community Solutions
    • Scott Osiecki
      Chief Executive Officer, Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services (ADAMHS) Board of Cuyahoga County

    Our global city: the impact of immigration and refugees [CU]

    Community partner: Cleveland Council on World Affairs

    • Joe Cimperman (LC 2003)
      President, Global Cleveland

    Civil civic discourse [CL]

    Community partner: Cleveland Public Library

    • Dan Moulthrop (LC 2014)
      Chief Executive Officer, The City Club of Cleveland

    Positive disruption in CLE [CL]
    • Steve McHale
    • Sharon Sobol Jordan (Stokes CLI 2018, LC 2003)
      CEO, Unify Project

    1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

    Say Yes to Education: What it means for CLE [CU]
    • Gene Chasin
      COO, Say Yes to Education

    Building a high-performance culture on classical virtues [CL]

    Sponsored by The Lubrizol Corporation
    Community partner: The Carter Nedley Foundation

    • Peter Rea (LC 2005)
      Vice President, Integrity & Ethics, Parker Hannifin

    Harness the power of stress [CL]

    Community partner: LifeAct

    • Francoise Adan (LC2 2015, LC 2014)
      Medical Director, Connor Integrative Health Network, University Hospitals

    Practicing equity-competent leadership [CL]

    Community partner: YWCA Greater Cleveland

    • Erica Merritt (CBB 2008)
      Founder & Principal Consultant, Equius Group LLC

    2:45 – 3:45 p.m.

    Entrepreneurism in CLE [CU]

    Community partner: Women of Color Foundation

    • Kara Carter
      Partner, Development, Jumpstart, Inc.
    • Tory Coats
      Executive Director, Teen Enterprise
    • Shannon Lyons
      Chief Operating Officer, Flashstarts
    • Danielle Sydnor (Stokes CLI 2018, CBB 2014)
      Executive Director, ECDI

    Towards an anti-racist community revitalization practice [CU]
    • Evelyn Burnett (CEF 2008)

    How unconscious bias affects leadership [CL]

    Sponsored by The Sherwin-Williams Company
    Community partner: Cleveland Public Theatre

    • Dr. Marilyn Mobley (LC 2010, CLC Board of Trustees)
      VP for Inclusion, Diversity & Equal Opportunity, Case Western Reserve University

    Measuring your impact: evaluation and outcomes [CL]

    Sponsored by Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland
    Community partner: The Centers for Families and Children

    • Rachel Ciomcia (CBB 2010)
      VP, Strategic Engagement & Director, Cleveland Bridge Builders, Cleveland Leadership Center
  • Take Action Fair Participants

    The Take Action Fair is sponsored by

    Cleveland Metroparks
    Encompasing 18 reservations spanning more than 23,000 acres with more than 300 miles of trails, eight golf courses, eight lakefront parks and a nationally-acclaimed zoo.

    College Now Greater Cleveland
    Increasing college attainment in Greater Cleveland through college access advising, financial aid counseling and scholarship and retention services.

    Diversity Center of Northeast Ohio
    Creating communities where all people are connected, respected, and valued.

    The Gathering Place
    Addressing the emotional, physical, spiritual and social needs of individuals and families currently coping with the impact of a cancer journey through a wide variety of free programs and services.

    Providence House
    Offering free, voluntary (non-custodial) emergency shelter to children newborn through twelve years old, actively living in crisis situations which place them at risk of abuse or neglect.

    Red Line Greenway
    Creating a three-mile elevated linear park in the heart of Downtown Cleveland, Ohio.

    Shoes and Clothes for Kids
    Providing new shoes, school uniforms, clothes and school supplies throughout the year at no charge to thousands of children in need.

    Teach for America Greater Cleveland
    A collective force of educators, advocates, entrepreneurs, policymakers, and community members working for justice and opportunity for all.

    Youth Opportunities Unlimited
    Empowering teens and young adults ages 14-24 living in economically distressed areas in Cuyahoga, Lorain, and Lake Counties to succeed in school, in the workplace, and in life.

    More to be announced soon!