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2016 Cleveland Internship Summit: Developing the Talent Pipeline

Please join us at for the 2016 Cleveland Summit on Wednesday, February 10, 2016, from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Cleveland State University Student Center, 2121 Euclid Avenue.

We invite you to be part of the discussions between business community representatives and educators about how to increase and improve internship opportunities in Northeast Ohio.

Our keynote speaker is Dr. Ronald Ferguson, a senior lecturer in education and public policy with a joint appointment between the Harvard University Graduate School of Education and the Kennedy School of Government. Online registration is now closed. Walk-in registrations are welcome!

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Morning Conversation: Mayor Gary Norton, Jr.

Greater Cleveland Partnership members are invited to join us for a Morning Conversation with East Cleveland Mayor Gary Norton, Jr.

Norton was elected mayor of the City of East Cleveland in November 2009 and was re-elected in 2013. During his time in office, he has faced some significant economic, social and community development issues, most notably addressing the fiscal health of East Cleveland and the possibility of a merger with the City of Cleveland.

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The GCP Morning Conversation series is sponsored by:

GCP 1st Quarter Middle-Market Forum

"Monetary Policy and the Middle Market: Lowering your Exposure to Higher Interest Rates"

The Greater Cleveland Partnership is pleased to invite CEOs and C-suite executives from our middle-market member companies to our first Middle-Market Forum of 2016.

For the first time since 2008, the Federal Reserve Bank is raising its benchmark interest rate from near zero to between 0.25 percent and 0.5 percent offering insight on the Fed’s position on the U.S. economy. However, other G-20 economies are still facing challenges and, accordingly, different central banks are still in the midst of expansionary policies.

Please join us as industry experts from PNC Bank share how interest rates and currency markets impact your middle-market company as well as how they affect the Northeast Ohio economy.

You’ll also learn how you can lessen your exposure to market fluctuations and to mitigate uncertainty.

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Ninth Grade Career Experience Fair

GCP members are invited to be an exhibitor and provide interactive, career exposure experiences for Academies of Cleveland students at the Ninth Grade Career Experience Fair on Friday, March 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the CMSD East Professional Development Center, 1349 East 79th Street.

We hope you will join our efforts to build a strong talent pipeline in our region by providing your industry expertise at this event, which will  provide an avenue for all Academies of Cleveland high school freshmen to explore a breadth of career opportunities. Learn more.

Morning Conversation: State Rep. Fred Strahorn

Greater Cleveland Partnership members are invited to a Morning Conversation with House Minority Leader State Rep. Fred Strahorn (D-39). His district consists of much of Dayton, Ohio.

House Democratic Leader Strahorn returned to the Ohio House in 2013, after serving as state senator for the 5th district from 2009 to 2011 and senior political advisor to the Ohio Democratic party from 2011 to 2013.

He previously served citizens of the greater Dayton area as state representative from 2001 to 2008, including two years as House Minority Whip.

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Morning Conversation: State Rep. Kirk Schuring

Greater Cleveland Partnership members are invited to a Morning Conversation with State Rep. Kirk Schuring (R-48).

Since joining the General Assembly in 1993, Representative Schuring has maintained a strong focus on core economic development issues.

Legislation he has championed includes the establishment of the Historic Preservation Tax Credit, Joint Economic Development Districts and Cooperative Economic Development Agreements to help further development in communities across the state.

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Ideas for Tomorrow: Jim Free, deputy associate administrator for technical programs, NASA Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate

Greater Cleveland Partnership members are invited to attend the next program in the Cleveland Clinic Ideas for Tomorrow speaker series featuring GCP Board member Jim Free, former director, NASA John H. Glenn Research Center.

He was recently named deputy associate administrator for technical programs in the agency’s Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate in Washington, D.C.

Free joined NASA in 1990 as a propulsion engineer at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. From 2008 to 2009, Free was the Orion Test and Verification Manager at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston.

He then returned to Glenn and served in a number of leadership positions, including chief of the Orion Projects Office and director of Space Flight Systems. In 2010, he was appointed the center’s deputy director and named director in January 2013. Click for details.

Cleveland Health Means Business Forum

The Cleveland ​Health Means Business ​Forum is organized by the ​U.S. ​Chamber ​of ​Commerce ​Foundation, ​the Greater Cleveland Partnership, University Hospitals, the Health Action Council, the Global Center for Health Innovation and ​the ​Robert ​Wood ​Johnson ​Foundation. ​

Join ​prominent ​business ​and ​community ​leaders ​to ​discuss ​how ​together ​we ​can ​create ​a ​healthier ​Cleveland. Click to learn more.

Featured speakers:

  • Paul Bakus, President, Corporate Affairs, Nestlé
  • John Carmichael, President, Pizza and Snacking Division, Nestlé
  • Armond D. Budish, Cuyahoga County Executive
  • Joseph D. Roman, President and CEO, Greater Cleveland Partnership
  • David Krol, Senior Program Officer, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
  • Thomas F. Zenty III, Chief Executive Officer, University Hospitals

Morning Conversation: Jeffrey Johnson, chief , Minority Business Development Division, Development Services Agency

Greater Cleveland Partnership members are invited to a Morning Conversation with Jeffrey Johnson, chief of the Minority Business Development Division at the Development Services Agency.

In this role, he is responsible for leading the state’s efforts to help develop and grow minority-owned businesses in Ohio. He works closely with the Ohio Minority Business Advisory Council and seven Minority Business Assistance Centers around the state to support the agency’s efforts. Click to RSVP.

The GCP Morning Conversation series is sponsored by:

Linking IT Talent to Opportunity

Where companies connect with IT professionals, recent grads and college students

The Greater Cleveland Partnership, The Northeast Ohio Council on Higher Education (NOCHE) and OHTec (formerly NEOSA) are pleased to present the 2016 Linking IT Talent to Opportunity career fair and networking event on Wednesday, April 16 from 1:00 to 4:30 p.m. at the Independence Civic Center.

The event connects IT professionals, recent graduates and college students with leading Northeast Ohio companies to discuss career paths and job opportunities. For more information, please contact Truc Cao at the Greater Cleveland Partnership at or 216.592.2387. Learn more.

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2016 Greater Cleveland Middle-Market Forum

Join us for the 2016 Greater Cleveland Middle-Market Forum, Northeast Ohio's premier event for middle-market companies on Thursday, May 12 at Corporate College East. The forum is for middle-market CEOs, C-suite executives and their direct reports. Click for details.

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2016 Empowering Local Leadership Conference

The fourth annual Empowering Local Leadership Conference, Thursday, May 12 and Friday, May 13, 2016, in Washington, D.C. is presented by the Cleveland Development Foundation with special guests (left to right): Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge (OH-11), Congressman Dave Joyce (OH-14) and Congressman Jim Renacci (OH-16). 

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Ideas for Tomorrow -- Dr. David Agus, University of Southern California

GCP members are invited to attend the next program in the Cleveland Clinic Ideas for Tomorrow speaker series featuring Dr. David Agus, one of the world’s leading doctors and pioneering biomedical researchers.

Over the past 20 years, Dr. Agus has received acclaim for his innovations in medicine and contributions to new technologies, which continue to change the perception of health and empower people to maintain healthy lives.

He is professor of medicine and engineering at the University of Southern California, where he leads the Westside Cancer Center and Center for Applied Molecular Medicine.

Morning Conversation: State Senator Larry Obhof

Greater Cleveland Partnership members are invited to a Morning Conversation with State Senator Larry Obhof, who represents the 22nd District, which includes Medina, Ashland and Richland counties, as well as portions of Holmes County.

He recently was appointed to serve as President Pro Tempore for the Ohio Senate. Senator Obhof is focused on improving Ohio’s economy and creating opportunities for economic growth. Click to register.

The GCP Morning Conversation series is sponsored by:

Ideas for Tomorrow: David Gergen, Professor, Harvard Kennedy School, and CNN Senior Political Analyst

Greater Cleveland Partnership members are invited to attend the next program in Cleveland Clinic's "Ideas for Tomorrow" speaker series featuring David Gergen, professor of public service, co-director of the Center for Public Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School, and senior political analyst for CNN.

He previously served as a White House adviser to four U.S. presidents of both parties: Nixon, Ford, Reagan and Clinton. He wrote about those experiences in "Eyewitness to Power: The Essence of Leadership, Nixon to Clinton." Click for details.

Executive Caterers Corporate Club Business After Hours Networking Event

Make new business contacts or re-connect with members of your network at Executive Caterers Corporate Club's networking event and wine tasting featuring appetizers by Chef Dante and Chef Brad Gambrell.

The 200+ attendees at Corporate Club events represent a cross-section of businesses but are predominantly upper-level corporate management. Here's a great opportunity to expand your business network while enjoying fine food and wine!

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Morning Conversation: Congressman Pat Tiberi

Greater Cleveland Partnership members are invited to a Morning Conversation with Congressman Pat Tiberi (R-12).

Congressman Tiberi is a senior member of the House Ways and Means Committee that has jurisdiction over tax issues, Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, and trade agreements. He is the chairman of the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health where he is working to improve the quality, affordability, and accessibility of healthcare.  He also serves on the Subcommittee on Tax Policy.

The GCP Morning Conversation series is sponsored by:

Mitigating the Effects of Unconsious Bias

The Commission on Economic Inclusion and the Cleveland Society of Human Resource Management (CSHRM) are co-presenting an interactive workshop for diversity and HR professionals on “Mitigating the Effects of Unconscious Bias,” on Wednesday, July 6 at Baldwin Wallace University's Center for Innovation and Growth. Click for details.

Eighth Annual Inclusion Conference

Join the Commission on Economic Inclusion on August 17 for a full-day conference focused on implicit bias— the research behind it and practical applications to mitigate its effect in the workplace.

Our morning keynote speaker, Harvard professor and author Mahzarin Banaji, will discuss how well-intentioned people behave in ways that deviate from their intentions and how this state of affairs compromises decisions in the workplace.

Who should attend: Diversity & inclusion practitioners, senior human resources managers, supplier diversity managers and procurement managers. Click to learn more.

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GCP 2016 Annual Meeting

Our 2016 Annual Meeting is sold out! We're pleased to welcome Governor John Kasich as our guest speaker at this evening's program, which will be held at the stunning new Hilton Cleveland Downtown.

Our program also will include an overview of the GCP’s impact from the past year; a discussion of our priorities for the coming year; and the presentation of the Commission on Economic Inclusion Best-in Class Awards.

Many thanks to our members and sponsors for your support!

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OHTec CIO Symposium

The OHTec 2016 CIO Symposium is next week! Have you RSVP'd?

Since 2000, the CIO Symposium has offered an exceptional forum for CIOs and IT executives to share insights on critical business issues and make important connections with their peers. Learn more.

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2016 Burke Corporate Aviation Expo

Greater Cleveland Partnership members are invited to the 2016 Burke Corporate Aviation Expo on Thursday, September 15, presented by the Cleveland Airport System.

Come see the latest offerings in executive aviation and socialize with the leaders of Northeast Ohio’s business community.

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Morning Conversation: Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel

The 48th Treasurer of the State of Ohio, Josh was elected in 2010 and re-elected in 2014. As State Treasurer, Josh has helped take Ohio’s financial ranking from 43rd up to 7th in the nation and helped move Ohio from an $8 billion deficit to a $1 billion surplus.

He also has been a leader in the cause of increasing government transparency. He recently launched, posting Ohio’s checkbook online for the first time.

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Cuba Forum: Understanding the Opportunities and Risks

With all of the talk on U.S.-Cuba relations in the media, many U.S. companies are excited about the Cuban market and potential trade opportunities.

So it's critical that companies wanting to do business with Cuba educate themselves about the market, the regulatory environment and the challenges of doing business with a country that is still sanctioned for most trade. Our forum on Sept. 21 will provide some answers. Click to learn more.

Customs Compliance

In 2013, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced a new initiative called “trade transformation.”

For U.S. importers, it was a significant and welcome change in philosophy, offering new advantages in international commerce and repairing significant barriers that had plagued importers in a post-9/11 world. 

Our panel of experts will provide a deeper dive into U.S. Customs compliance and insights on how to manage a complex and changing regulatory environment. Click for details.

Hong Kong Development Council

Join the Greater Cleveland Partnership and Global Cleveland for an insightful and informative program that explores how new and established companies can build business connections and opportunities in Asia, including one of the biggest consumer markets, China.

Ralph Chow, regional director, Americas, of the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), will lead a panel of experts discussing how businesses can expand and take advantage of all Hong Kong has to offer including a wide range of business support services. Click for details.

Executive Caterers Corporate Club at Landerhaven

It’s official. The Cleveland “sports curse” is over.

Greater Cleveland Partnership members are invited to join us for lunch and hear what leading Cleveland sports journalists have to say about it at the next Executive Caterers Corporate Club at Landerhaven luncheon. Click for details.

A GCP Middle-Market Forum: “The Economic Outlook”

How is the national economy shaping up for the fourth quarter of 2016? What are some key economic trends to watch for in 2017 that could impact your middle-market company?

Please join us at our fall forum for middle-market CEOs with our speaker, GCP Board member Loretta J. Mester, president and CEO, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland. You'll hear a monetary policymaker’s perspective on the economic outlook for the balance of 2016 and the onset of 2017. Click for event details.

How to do Business with Healthcare

The Commission on Economic Inclusion is hosting an educational event for diverse suppliers interested in doing business in the healthcare industry. The program will include a panel featuring Cleveland Clinic, The MetroHealth System and University Hospitals.

Participants also will hear from three companies that have been successful doing business with healthcare systems and learn about business development resources available in our community: JumpStart, ECDI, Hispanic Business Center, and more. Breakfast and lunch are included. We are at capacity for this event and registration is now closed. For more information, please call Scott Harrington at 216.592.2213.

PLEASE JOIN US! GCP Chairman's Forum

Greater Cleveland Partnership members are invited to join us for an exclusive briefing with GCP Board Chair Rick Chiricosta, chairman, president and CEO, Medical Mutual of Ohio.

You'll hear about our work to improve the business climate and advance economic development in our city, region, and state. Read more.

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Commission on Economic Inclusion Leadership Forum

The Commission on Economic Inclusion, a program of the Greater Cleveland Partnership, invites GCP-member company CEOs and two members of their senior leadership team, to a Leadership Forum on Monday, November 7, at The Union Club, 1211 Euclid Avenue.

The program will feature GCP Board and Executive Committee member Beth Mooney, chairman and chief executive officer of KeyCorp, and Robert Gulliver, executive vice president & chief HR officer of the National Football League.

PLEASE NOTE: We are at capacity, and registration is now closed.

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Executive Caterers Corporate Club at Landerhaven: "Curing Cancer"

GCP members are invited to lunch with us at the next Corporate Club at Landerhaven program featuring a conversation with two Cleveland health care leaders on "Curing Cancer." The panelists are:

Dr. Stanton Gershon, Director, Case Comprehensive Cancer Center and University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center; and Dr. Brian Bollwell, Chairman, Cleveland Clinic Taussig Cancer Institute.

Monica Robbins, reporter and senior health correspondent, WKYC-TV, will moderate. Click for details.

We hope to see you at Northeast Ohio's premier political event!

The Public Officials Reception, presented by the Greater Cleveland Partnership, brings together the region’s federal, state, and local elected officials with business and community leaders.

Online registration is now closed. A limited number of tickets may be purchased by credit card at the event. On-site tickets are $250. 

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Ideas for Tomorrow

Frederick W. Smith, founder and CEO, FedEx Corporation

GCP members are invited to attend the next program in the Cleveland Clinic Ideas for Tomorrow speaker series featuring Frederick W. Smith, founder and CEO, FedEx Corporation.

Born in 1944 in Marks, Mississippi, Smith is a 1966 graduate of Yale College. The original analyses about the logistic needs of a highly automated future society were done during his tenure as an undergraduate.

After four years of service in the Marines, including two tours of duty in Vietnam, he launched the original air-ground Federal Express network that began operations in 1973 to serve the rapidly growing high tech/high value added sectors of the economy Smith had predicted. The company has since grown into a $49 billion global enterprise. Click for registration details.

Diversity Professionals Group

The Commission on Economic Inclusion is convening the next meeting of the Diversity Professionals Group (DPG) on Wednesday, November 30, from 7:30 to 10 a.m. at the offices of Calfee, 1405 East Sixth Street.

After holding focus groups with both old and new members, the Commission has plans to refresh the annual Employers Survey on Diversity™—a very effective resource for measuring progress in the region for board, senior management, workforce and supplier diversity. 

While all changes may not be implemented next year, Commission staff will unveil plans for the survey’s future. Click for more information.

4Q Middle-Market Forum - Trends: Ideas on Manufacturing, Gen Y and Your Leadership Dynamic

Leading your middle-market company requires you to be on top of topics and ideas that will impact the future of your company, your team and your ability to lead.

We’ll cover three different topics with timely, brief perspectives from three thought leaders (left to right): Ethan Karp, MAGNET; David Haskin, Steelcase; and Ralph Dise, Dise & Company, who can provide insight and provoke your thinking about the intersection of these ideas within your company. Learn more.

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Chief Procurement Officers

The Commission on Economic Inclusion, through the MBE Services Collaborative, is exploring the possibility of creating a regional interchange for supplier diversity. It will utilize the latest in social networking tools to allow buyers, suppliers and service providers to accelerate each of their activities efficiently. 

This digital marketplace would serve not only as a searchable database of minority owned businesses but also allow corporations to communicate upcoming opportunities for which they would like to ensure MBE participation.

The next meeting of the Chief Procurement Officers (CPO) Group on Thursday, December 15 from 7:30 to 10 a.m. at the offices of the Greater Cleveland Partnership, 1240 Huron Road East, will be an opportunity to provide input and ensure that The Marketplace provides maximum value to our members. 

Ideas for Tomorrow

Angela Duckworth, founder and scientific director, Character Lab Professor of Psychology, University of Pennsylvania

GCP members are invited to Cleveland Clinic's "Ideas for Tomorrow" program featuring Angela Duckworth, a professor of psychology at the University of Pennsylvania and a 2013 MacArthur Fellow. She also is the founder and scientific director of the Character Lab, a nonprofit whose mission is to advance the science and practice of character development.

Angela studies grit and self-control, two attributes that are distinct from IQ and yet powerfully predict success and well-being. Previously, she founded a summer school for low-income children that was profiled as a Harvard Kennedy School case study and, in 2012, celebrated its 20th anniversary. NOTE: Registration for this event is now closed. Thank you for your interest.