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Morning Conversation: U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown

GCP members are invited to a Morning Conversation with U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown.

He has served in the U.S. Senate for 10 years and is currently the Ranking Member of the Senate Banking Committee responsible for legislating on issues concerning, but not limited to, banking, financial markets, housing, mass transit, and economic policy. Click for details.

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Advancing Workforce Development in Northeast Ohio

We're pleased to present an engaging conversation with key state leaders on Ohio’s efforts to transform its workforce development system to better meet the needs of employers and connect individuals to career pathways. (NOTE: This forum is closed to the media.)

Our speakers will be Ryan Burgess from the Office of Workforce Transformation and State Senator Sandra Williams. Thank you for your interest in the forum. We are at capacity, and registration for this event is now closed.

Entrepreneurship for Purpose and Social Impact

Entrepreneurial models as a method of driving social change is an approach that is having a significant impact in the country and here in Northeast Ohio.

Nationally recognized leaders such as Brandon Chrostowski, founder and CEO of the nonprofit Edwins Leadership and Restaurant Institute, and Mansfield Frazier of The Vineyards and BioCellar of Chateau of Hough, are driven to impact their community and change the lives of others.

Greater Cleveland Partnership Middle-Market Investors are invited to join us at Edwins restaurant at 5 p.m. February 7 when Brandon will share his story of creating a culinary arts job-training program for individuals re-entering the workforce after prison.

Mansfield, who created his organization to leverage current social trends to help solve urban ills including a lack of urban food production, will talk about his successes and challenges in working to create wealth-building opportunities for local residents. Learn more.

Please join us at the 2017 Cleveland Internship Summit

Please join us at at the 2017 Cleveland Internship Summit, presented by the Greater Cleveland Partnership, on Thursday, February 9 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m at the Embassy Suites by Hilton, 5800 Rockside Woods Blvd. in Independence.

The Summit will bring together business community representatives and educators to discuss how to increase and improve internship opportunities in Northeast Ohio through a range of panels and conversations.

Online registration is now closed. You may register on-site at the event.

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Managing intercultural conflict in the workplace

The Commission on Economic Inclusion is, once again, teaming up with the Cleveland Society of Human Resource Professionals (CSHRM) to deliver a program you do not want to miss.

“Managing Intercultural Conflict in the Workplace: A Post Election Toolkit for HR Professionals” will take place on Friday, February 17 from 7:30 to 10 a.m. at the Center for Innovation and Growth at Baldwin-Wallace University.

The presenter is Damaris Patterson Price, a leadership consultant, executive coach and facilitator with more than 20 years of experience in the people-development business. Read more.

A GCP Accelerating Middle-Market Progress Forum: "Innovation and Competitive Intelligence"

Today’s business leaders push the status quo by reevaluating their business model—even a successful one—by continuously striving to challenge internal assumptions and cognitive biases.

They strive to encourage a culture of innovation that prevents stagnation and increases adaptability to market disruptions.

Greater Cleveland Partnership Middle-Market Investors are invited to hear thought leaders (photo left to right): Peter Grimm and Beau Oliver of Cipher Systems discuss how companies and organizations can incorporate out-of-the-box thinking to better understand their markets, identify opportunities, and drive innovation. Learn more.

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Procurement Professionals Group

Please join us for the next meeting of the Commission on Economic Inclusion's Procurement Professionals Group on Tuesday, March 7 from 7:30 to 10 a.m. at the offices of JumpStart, Inc., 6701 Carnegie Avenue.

Our speaker will be Tiffany Randle, manager of supplier diversity at Eaton, whose presentation will focus on “Everyone on Board: Communicating Supplier Diversity throughout your Organization.” Click for details.

Morning Conversation: Former State Rep. Connie Pillich

GCP members are invited to a Morning Conversation with Connie Pillich, a former member of the Ohio House of Representatives who served the Greater Cincinnati area from 2009 to 2014.

Pillich was the Democratic candidate for State Treasurer in 2014.

During her time in the legislature, she was the ranking member of the House Military and Veteran Affairs Committee. Click for details.

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Morning Conversation: Congressman Jim Renacci

GCP members are invited to a Morning Conversation with Congressman Jim Renacci, who represents the 16th district of Ohio in the U.S. House of Representatives.

First elected in November 2010, he is currently serving his fourth term in Congress where he is a member of the House Ways and Means Committee and the House Budget Committee. Click for details.

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Linking IT Talent Job Fair

The Greater Cleveland Partnership’s Business Development Team, in collaboration with OHTec and the Northeast Ohio Council on Higher Education (NOCHE), will host the "Linking IT Talent Job Fair" on Wednesday April 26, 2017 from noon to 3:30 p.m. at the Brecksville Community Center.

This is a FREE event for current students, recent graduates, and professionals to meet with leading Northeast Ohio companies to explore IT internship and job opportunities. Learn more.

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Morning Conversation: State Senator Joe Schiavoni

Greater Cleveland Partnership members are invited to a Morning Conversation with Ohio Senator Joe Schiavoni, who represents the 33rd District that includes the eastern part of Northeast Ohio.

In 2013, he was elected as minority leader in the Senate. Recently, he announced his candidacy for Ohio governor.

Senator Schiavoni has championed public policy that supports improved water infrastructure, high-quality public education and worker rights. Read more.

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Please join us at the Greater Cleveland Middle-Market Forum

Online registration is now open for the 2017 Greater Cleveland Middle-Market Forum, presented by the Greater Cleveland Partnership, on Thursday, May 11 at Corporate College East. Our program will offer insightful, dynamic and informative presentations on hot topics that are impacting middle-market companies like yours.

Online registration is now closed. You may register as a walk-in at the event.

Our keynote speaker will be Chieh Huang, co-founder and chief executive officer of Boxed, an e-commerce business that is disrupting the wholesale shopping club experience by enabling you to shop for bulk-sized items online or via mobile app and have them delivered to your door.

Founded in 2013, Boxed is a middle-market company on a significant growth trajectory. It was recently named by Forbes magazine as one of the next “billion-dollar startups.” Learn more.

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Fifth Annual Empowering Local Leadership Conference

Greater Cleveland Partnership members are invited to the fifth annual Empowering Local Leadership Conference to be held May 18-19 in Washington, D.C.

The event is presented by the Greater Cleveland Partnership with special guests (photo left to right) Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge (OH-11), Congressman Dave Joyce (OH-14) and Congressman Jim Renacci (OH-16). Learn more.

Digging Deeper: Measuring D&I Beyond Demographics

The next meeting of the Commission on Economic Inclusion's Diversity Professionals Group will feature a presentation on "Digging Deeper: Measuring D&I Beyond Demographics" with Charmaine Brown, president & founder of Connexions Consulting, Inc.

The Commission's Diversity Professionals Group (DPG) is composed of senior-level staff from Commission-member organizations responsible for developing and implementing diversity management goals and initiatives within their organizations. Learn more.

Morning Conversation: State Senator Matt Dolan

GCP members are invited to a Morning Conversation with State Senator Matt Dolan, who serves the 24th District that includes portions of Cuyahoga County.

His background in the private and public sectors is extensive. He is currently a partner at the law firm of Thrasher, Dinsmore & Dolan, where he represents business clients in a variety of matters, in addition to handling municipal law and real estate matters, including zoning and land use issues.

Senator Dolan has made significant contributions in the area of tax reform and has supported tax credits that stimulate business growth and community revitalization. Read more.

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We hope to see you at the 2017 GCP Annual Meeting!

We hope you are planning to join more than 1,100 business and community leaders at the Greater Cleveland Partnership Annual Meeting on Wednesday, June 7 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Hilton Cleveland Downtown.

Our keynote speaker will be Susan Goldberg, editorial director of National Geographic Partners, and editor-in-chief of National Geographic magazine.

From 2007 to 2010, she was editor of The Plain Dealer. She also served as executive editor for federal, state and local government coverage for Bloomberg News in Washington, D.C. from 2010 to 2014.

Online registration is now closed. If you are interested in purchasing a table or an individual ticket, please email You also may register by credit card at the event beginning at 4 p.m.

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Procurement Professionals Group

Sheila LiszkaSheila Liszka, procurement manager at the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, will be the presenter at the next meeting of the Commission on Economic Inclusion’s Procurement Professionals Group on Wednesday, June 14.

Breakfast and networking will be available beginning at 7:30 a.m. with the program on “Supplier Diversity: Measuring, Reporting and Certifying,” running from 8 to 10 a.m.

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University Circle on the Up and Up

Join us for a tour of the University Circle neighborhood as Chris Ronayne, president of University Circle Inc., shares what’s happening and what’s to come.

We will explore new development and share plans for groundbreaking new projects such as One University Center and University Circle City Center (EC3).

We’ll start at 3 p.m. at Innova, a modern, amenity-rich residential community located in Cleveland's Greater University Circle neighborhood that includes convenient, onsite shopping and an exclusive 24-hour concierge service. Learn more.

Internship Central Lunch and Learn Webinar

The new GCP Internship Central Lunch & Learn Webinar Series, to be held quarterly, will provide valuable information to employers on issues related to starting, managing, and/or growing internship programs.

At our first webinar, James M. McWeeney II, attorney with Walter Haverfield, will share his expertise regarding legal issues employers should know about internships.

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Business Growth Boot Camp: Destination Unstoppable - The Journey of No Teammate Left Behind

You’re invited to bring your leaders, managers and employees to the “Business Growth Boot Camp: The Journey of No Teammate Left Behind” and learn how everyone's strengths can be used to deliver the most productive and effective results.

Our speaker, leadership and team expert Maureen Electa Monte, author of “Destination Unstoppable," builds winning teams using a successfully proven, strengths-based program that has produced results from the board room to the locker room. Learn more.

Middle-Market CEO Dialogue

What’s going on in health care these days is difficult to watch from the sidelines.

So imagine leading an organization with hundreds or thousands of employees and tens of thousands of customers depending on you.

GCP Board Chair Rick Chiricosta, chairman, president and CEO of Medical Mutual (photo left), and GCP Board member Dr. Akram Boutros, president and CEO of The MetroHealth System (photo right), will share their perspectives on the change and challenges they have been managing in response to market forces and government-imposed shifts. Read more.

NOTE: This forum is by invitation-only for middle-market CEOs and is limited to 50 participants.

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Morning Conversation: State Representative Sarah LaTourette

GCP members are invited to our Morning Conversation program with State Representative Sarah LaTourette.

Sarah is currently serving her first term in the Ohio House of Representatives. She represents the 76th Ohio House District, which includes most of Geauga and northern Portage counties and serves on several committees including Agriculture and Rural Development; Health and Aging; Healthcare Efficiencies Study; Insurance; and State Government.

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SOLD OUT! GCP Member Golf Outing

The Greater Cleveland Partnership Member Golf Outing at Kirtland Country Club for C-suite executives and their direct reports is sold out.

However, dinner-only tickets are still available for C-level attendees. For more information, please contact Reagan Leatherman at or 216.592.2376.

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SOLD OUT! A Cleveland Fan Experience

Thank you for your interest in this event. We're now sold out!

Our evening at the ballpark will provide our guests with an inside look at how the Indians’ management team  listened to their customers to redesign sections of the ballpark. Then we'll enjoy the game and cheer on the Tribe as they take on the Los Angeles Angels.

This very special outing includes club-level seats and amenities!

For more information, please contact Reagan Leatherman at or 216.592.2390.

Morning Conversation: Congressman Brad Wenstrup

Greater Cleveland Partnership members are invited to an informal, off-the-record conversation with Congressman Brad Wenstrup.

The Congressman, who brings experience as a doctor, Iraq War veteran, and small business owner, was elected in 2012 to represent Ohio’s Second U.S. Congressional District.

In the 115th Congress, he serves on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, the Armed Services Committee, and the Committee on Veterans Affairs, where he is chairman of the Subcommittee on Health. Click to register.

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Ninth Annual Inclusion Conference

Please join us at the Commission on Economic Inclusion’s ninth annual Inclusion Conference where four experts will continue the conversation from our 2016 conference on implicit bias.

We’ll take a deeper dive into the concept of bias, specifically as it relates to attracting and selecting top talent for your organization. Learn more.

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

Growth in the Middle Market

An exclusive conversation with Hyland President and CEO Bill Priemer

Through continuous growth due to new lines of business, acquisitions and continued customer development, Bill will talk about the company’s journey over the last few years, what’s to come, and why they continue to find pride in calling Northeast Ohio home.

Bill and GCP President and CEO Joe Roman also will discuss hot topics on the minds of many CEOs including what’s trending in tech, how to develop your workforce and how innovation is key to staying ahead. Click to register.

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OHTec CIO Symposium 2017

Since 2000, the OHTec CIO Symposium, the longest-running gathering of these tech leaders in Northeast Ohio, has offered an exceptional forum for CIOs and IT executives to share insights on critical business issues and make important connections with each other.

The 2017 symposium will offer an invaluable experience for CIOs of any industry, from any size enterprise and at any stage of their career.

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RITE HR IT Roundtable

RITE (Regional IT Engagement) and its partners are seeking your ongoing and collective engagement to impact the region’s IT talent development system. If you are an IT recruiter, IT talent acquisition staff or IT hiring manager, consider joining companies like OE Connection, Hyland Software, Eaton to form a one-of-a-kind action network to formulate strategies and solutions to your most pressing IT talent issues.


Greater Cleveland Partnership 2017 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 of 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.

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Procurement Professionals Group

Cuyahoga County will host the Commission on Economic Inclusion’s Procurement Professionals Group for a discussion on supplier diversity programs from the perspective of government agencies and lessons that can be applied in both the public and private sectors.

Constance Haqq, director of administration and external affairs, Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District, will moderate a panel that will include Jeffrey Johnson, chief of the Minority Business Development Division at Ohio Development Services Agency and Luis Cartagena, inclusion officer for Cuyahoga County. Learn more.

Business Growth Boot Camp: Looking with Fresh New Eyes

Jim Gilmore, co-author of the highly successful book, "The Experience Economy," will introduce skill-building material from his most recent book, "LOOK: A Practical Guide for Improving Your Observational Skills."

Participants will gain a solid understanding of the “Six Looking Glasses” tool through a combination of explanation, illustration, and hands-on exercises.

Gilmore’s ideas have been featured in numerous articles on business strategy and innovation for such publications as Harvard Business Review, The Wall Street Journal, and Investors Business Daily, among others. Learn more.

Morning Conversation: Congresswoman Marcia Fudge

Greater Cleveland Partnership members are invited to a Morning Conversation with U.S. Representative Marcia L. Fudge, who has served the 11th Congressional District of Ohio since 2008.

She partners with the Ohio delegation to champion key issues of importance to the region’s business community, including protecting the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, supporting the New Market Tax Credit program; and advocating for the NASA Glenn Research Center. Click to register.

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Please join us at BizConCLE!

BizConCLE is a unique education and networking experience, presented by the Greater Cleveland Partnership/COSE, exclusively designed for small business owners, middle-market CEOs, C-suite leaders and their teams.

The one-day convention includes national keynote speakers, plenary sessions led by regional business and community leaders, and interactive workshops. Learn more.

Morning Conversation: State Auditor Dave Yost

GCP members are invited to a Morning Conversation discussion with State Auditor Dave Yost.

Elected to a second term in November 2014, Auditor Yost continues to build a legacy of fighting fraud and “skinnying down” government.

Since 2011, he’s helped to turn more than 100 corrupt public officials into convicted criminals and identified over $22 million in stolen and misspent tax money. After taking on student attendance data rigging in his first term, Auditor Yost is currently working to bring increased accountability to Ohio’s charter schools. Click to register.

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How to do Business with the Healthcare Industry

The Commission on Economic Inclusion is hosting an educational event for diverse suppliers interested in learning how to do business with the healthcare industry.

Representatives from Cleveland Clinic, The MetroHealth System and University Hospitals will share specifics on how to do business with healthcare systems. Click to register.

Sales Academy: From Sales Representative to Trusted Advisor

They are the sales doctors. Trust them.

Proven sales trainers Hal Becker (photo left) and Marvin Montgomery have designed a hands-on workshop for sales professionals and sales managers.

Using years of experience as salespeople, sales team leaders and sales coaches, they have created a full-day experience that will give you the strategies and tools you need to excel. Learn more.

Diversity Professionals Group

The next meeting of the Diversity Professionals Group will be held November 14 at the offices of Squire Patton Boggs and will focus on case studies that are brought to the table by GCP members. Please note all GCP members are welcome to attend any of the Diversity Professional Group Meetings.The group will discuss and offer solutions to real-world challenges that members are currently facing in implementing diversity and inclusion practices in their organization.

Morning Conversation Brent Larkin and Mark Naymik







GCP members are invited to a Morning Conversation discussion with The Plain Dealer and writers Brent Larkin and Mark Naymik.

Brent Larkin writes a weekly column for The Plain Dealer's Forum section on Sundays.  From 1991 until his retirement in 2009, he was director of The Plain Dealer's editorial page.

Mark Naymik is a reporter and columnist that covers local and state politics, inner-city and suburban communities.  His work has appeared on and in The Plain Dealer since 2000. 

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SAVE THE DATE! 54th Annual Public Officials Reception

The 54th annual Public Officials Reception, presented by the Greater Cleveland Partnership, is a can’t-miss event that brings local, state, and federal elected officials together with Northeast Ohio business and community leaders.

We invite you to add your voice to the conversation and join us on Friday, November 17, 2017 at FirstEnergy Stadium. 

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Growth in the Middle Market

Leveraging Middle Market Opportunity, Growth and Success

Stewart Kohl, Co-CEO at The Riverside Company, and his team look closely at small and mid-sized companies every single day.  They have been very successful in finding the right companies, helping them get to the next level of growth and selling them again for gains for their investors and their founders.

We invite you to attend this special forum at the GCP offices to gain insights that could change the options and outcomes for you and your organization. Register here.

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Morning Conversation with John Minor, President & Chief Investment Officer of JobsOhio.


Greater Cleveland Partnership members are invited to a Morning Conversation with John Minor, President & Chief Investment Officer of JobsOhio.

JobsOhio is the private nonprofit created by the Kasich Administration to focus on job creation and economic development in Ohio. Minor joined JobsOhio during its inception in 2011 as Managing Director and became President and Chief Investment Officer in 2012. In his current role, he has been responsible for leading the strategic direction of JobsOhio and bolstering business retention, expansion and attraction opportunities for companies interested in Ohio. Click to Register.

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Procurement Professionals Group

The Procurement Professionals Group will meet from 7:30 – 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, December 5 and discuss ways to effectively manage outreach efforts to minority suppliers. The meeting will include a demonstration of The Marketplace, a supplier diversity portal being developed by the Commission to connect GCP members with minority suppliers.

Racial Equity Institute Groundwater Presentation

The Groundwater training is an introduction to racial equity using stories and data to present a perspective that racism is fundamentally structural in nature. The presentation will introduce you to an analysis that you will find helpful and relevant; particularly as GCP continues its efforts to grow our region. This training is part of a multi-year, community-wide awareness building campaign – led by Cleveland Neighborhood Progress – to increase our region’s shared understanding of the tie between racial equity and economic development.

Through the Looking Glass: Creating a Workplace Culture that Retains Younger Talent

Studies show 42% of millennials expect to change jobs at least every one to three years (Access Perks). How does an employer combat the expectation of younger workers of being job “tourists” versus “permanent residents?” An attractive, engaging workplace culture is key. You are invited to attend and learn from local employers who have created a culture that is not only retaining younger workers but is earning them high marks on sites like Glass Door where employees rate their companies on things like vacation and benefits, CEO leadership and whether they would recommend the company to a friend.

Winter Networking Night

Join us as we celebrate the season. Toast your team and enjoy networking, entertainment, drinks and appetizers. Jingle and Mingle with old friends and make some new ones!