The Six Pitch Categories: Accelerate 2022

Accelerate is the Cleveland Leadership Center’s annual civic-focused pitch competition in which contestants compete in distinctive categories for a chance to win funding to make their innovative ideas for enhancing and advancing Cleveland a reality. The pitch categories are: Authentic Cleveland Experiences Economic Prosperity Education Health & Well-being Quality of Life Social Change Technovation, a…

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CLC alumni to be honored at National Philanthropy Day

The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Greater Cleveland Chapter recently announced their 2021 National Philanthropy Day Award Recipients including: Margaret W. Wong, Esq. (LC 1984): Outstanding Philanthropist Leadership Award Robyn Minter Smyers (LC 2016, CBB 2003): Outstanding Fundraising Volunteer Award Logan Dior Williams (Accelerate 2020 Finalist): Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy Award See the full list…

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LC alumna and Accelerate 2019 winners to be honored by Global Cleveland

Valarie McCall (LC ’07) has been named  Global Cleveland’s Volunteer of the Year and Karson Baldwin and Israel Kambomba (Accelerate 2019 winners) are their 2019 Youth Leader Award winners for their work through Onè Respè. They’ll receive their awards at Global Cleveland’s annual meeting which will take place on December 12 from 7:30-9:00 a.m. at…

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Cleveland Jewish News highlights Accelerate

In the article, CLC Board Chair, Ira Kaplan, discusses how “the event reflects Cleveland’s innovative culture and many of the past pitches have gone on to make an impact in Northeast Ohio.” He goes on to share, “There’s a lot of talk about innovation in the city of Cleveland and it’s creating a culture that encourages…

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TV20: Community Spotlight on Accelerate

TV 20 aired a spot back in November on Accelerate 2019 featuring Brittany O’Connor, VP of Citizen’s Bank, and our own Michael Bennett, and Jowan Smith, Accelerate 2017 Finalist. They chatted about the event, including the new things happening in 2019, and Jowan shared how the Accelerate experience changed her life and the impact she’s…

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