Peter Kageyama to keynote August 16 leadership conference

Expert on cities among presenters on pressing community issues

Peter Kageyama, an internationally recognized community development expert and author of “For the Love of Cities” and “Love Where You Live,” will deliver keynote remarks in Cleveland on August 16, 2018, at the Cleveland Leadership Center’s second biennial leadership conference.

The “We are Cleveland: Leading for Change” conference, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the CMBA Conference Center, 1375 East Ninth Street, is designed to inspire individuals to have greater impact on improving life in Cleveland and Northeast Ohio, and to provide them with tools to make a difference. Registration and details are at

Kageyama is an Akron native who speaks worldwide about grassroots community development and the people who are making change happen. His morning keynote will encourage people to go from saying they love a place to doing something for that place.

Workshops and luncheon discussion groups will follow the theme of encouraging individuals to improve the community. Attendees will gain insight into Cleveland’s civic landscape, focus on the power of collaboration to make a difference, and experience unparalleled networking opportunities with leaders from the private, public and nonprofit sectors. Workshop topics include the media and community perceptions, diversity and equity, immigration, entrepreneurism, and measuring community impact.

A Take Action Fair will feature more than a dozen community organizations offering opportunities for attendees to immediately put new use their skills and renewed energy to improve Cleveland.

The conference debuted in 2016 to mark Cleveland Leadership Center’s 10th anniversary. That event was a sell-out with more than 300 attendees.

The 2018 conference is again presented in partnership with Skoda Minotti. Huntington Bank is sponsoring the Take Action Fair. Workshop sponsors include Dise & Company, The Lubrizol Corporation, Saint Luke’s Foundation of Cleveland, The Sherwin-Williams Company and Sisters of Charity Foundation. Additional support provided by the Mt. Sinai Health Care Foundation.

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