About The Event

12th Annual Inclusion Conference


GCP Equity & Inclusion
12th Annual Inclusion Conference | Virtual

Fueling the Future of Work
August 18 & 19, 2020


Attendees of the twelfth annual Greater Cleveland Partnership Inclusion Conference will explore how diversity, equity and inclusion fuels and contributes to the workforce of the future, future leadership needs, future public health crises, and the future of diversity and inclusion in the age of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (i4.0).

This year, in order to provide our attendees with the best experience in the face of the coronavirus pandemic, our Inclusion Conference will be virtual.

Learning Objectives

  • Increase understanding of the synergies and disconnects between current and emerging trends in the future of work and the field of diversity, equity and inclusion.
  • Acquire tools to disrupt systemic barriers such as bias and prejudice within organizations.
  • Amplify the business case for the increased inclusion of underrepresented/underutilized workforce populations.
  • Learn implementation strategies for new programs and initiatives through reflection on best practices from within the business, nonprofit and academic sectors.

Who Should Attend:

  • Chief Diversity Officers and C-Level executives
  • Vice Presidents and Directors of:
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Talent Management
    • Human Resources
    • Legal
    • Information Systems & Technology
  • Professionals with responsibility for:
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Organizational Culture
    • Leadership Development
    • Employee Engagement
    • Learning
    • Succession Planning
    • Risk Management
    • Program Managers
    • Learning and Development
    • Employee Relations
    • Talent Acquisition
    • Global Business, Ethics and Integrity
    • Technology


To request an accommodation or for inquiries about disability-related accessibility for the Inclusion Conference, please contact events@gcpartnership.com. Please note that captioning will be provided for all sessions.


Get involved! Sponsorship opportunities are still available. Please contact Jejuana Brown for more information.

Session Descriptions

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Leadership and Systemic Change for the Future

2020 has introduced organizational needs in diversity, equity, and inclusion exponentially. All levels of stakeholders have been impacted and many are not shy about demanding change. Organizational change efforts are not new, but strategies used in the past may not be what is needed going forward. Join leading experts in the field of diversity, equity, and inclusion as they share their insights on best practices in leadership and systemic change that will impact, improve and move the future of work forward.

Confirmed panelists:

  • Jennifer Brown, CEO, Jennifer Brown Consulting & Author, Inclusion and How To Be An Inclusive Leader
  • Dr. Pamela Newkirk, Professor of Journalism, New York University & Author, Diversity Inc.: The Failed Promise of Billion-Dollar Business
  • Brian Hall, Senior VP and Executive Director of Greater Cleveland Partnership

2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Workforce of the Future

The dynamic needs of the workforce of the future continues to evolve multidimensionally. This provides a unique and growing opportunity for organizations to be more inclusive and creative in addressing their workforce needs. Join our panelists as they delve into how advocacy and inclusion for the next generation, persons with disabilities, and the formerly incarcerated will be integral to meeting the needs of the workforce of the future. 

Confirmed Panelists:

  • Ken Brickman, Job Developer/Business Account Manager, Center for Employment Opportunities
  • Howard Pincham, Chief Information Officer, Koinonia Homes, Inc. (Moderator)
  • Autumn Russell, Executive Director, Early College Early Career, MAGNET


Wednesday, August 19, 2020

10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Industry 4.0: This Revolution Will Be Inclusive

2020 has swiftly shown us that industries, organizations and even people who delay or resist adapting to new technologies can expect to experience some challenges. How can technology be intentionally inclusive as we navigate this swiftly changing landscape? In this age of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (i4.0), our panelists will discuss how future inclusion efforts will impact the areas of coding, automation, and the African American workforce.

Confirmed Panelists:

  • Courtney DeOreo, Senior Director Tech Talent / Executive Director RITE, Greater Cleveland Partnership (Moderator)
  • Eric A. Logan, Principal, Industrial Manufacturing Strategy, KPMG
  • Leah Smiley, President, The Society for Diversity
  • Jason Wright, Partner, McKinsey & Company

2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Moving Companies Beyond Performative Allyship

One of the outcomes from this pandemic of racism has been an outpouring of companies issuing statements in support of racial equality and social justice. In addition, racism has been declared a public health crisis upgrading the severity of the issue. How can corporations, nonprofits and philanthropic organizations assist in mitigating racism through their external initiatives? Public stakeholders and employees are clear: statements are not enough. Join our panelists as they share how their organizations are moving beyond performative allyship to real systemic impact and change.

Confirmed Panelists:

  • Basheer Jones, Councilman, City of Cleveland (Moderator)
  • Maurice A. Jones, CEO and President, Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC)
  • Terry Szmagala, Senior VP, Public & Community Affairs, Eaton


BrickmanKen Brickman

Job Developer / Business Account Manager, Center for Employment Opportunities

Ken has worked at the Center for Employment Opportunities for the past two years assisting individuals with any criminal conviction on their path to permanent, full-time employment. In addition to serving Returning Citizens directly, he has presented to Chambers of Commerce and professional organizations on the benefits and challenges of hiring employees with convictions.

Ken has consulted on projects ranging from local technological innovations in the Criminal Justice system to the forthcoming curriculum on hiring candidates with convictions through the Society for Human Resource Management.

Jennifer BrownJennifer Brown

Founder and CEO, Jennifer Brown Consulting
Author, Inclusion and How To Be An Inclusive Leader

Jennifer Brown is an award-winning entrepreneur, dynamic speaker and diversity and inclusion expert. She is the Founder and CEO of Jennifer Brown Consulting (JBC), a strategic leadership and diversity consulting firm that coaches business leaders worldwide on critical issues of talent and workplace strategy. Brown is a passionate advocate for social equality who delves into the “business case for diversity” as she helps businesses foster healthier, more productive workplace cultures.

With over a decade of experience consulting to Fortune 500 companies including Toyota, Starbucks, and Capital One, Brown is a highly sought-after expert source on changing demographics, specific communities of identity including women, people of color, LGBT individuals, generations like Millennials, and the role of male leaders in change efforts.

Brown has appeared in leading media outlets such as The New York Times, Forbes, and The Wall Street Journal, and on Fox News. In the past several years, she has been named Social Entrepreneur of the year by the NYC National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO), a finalist for the Wells Fargo Business Owner of the Year Award, a finalist for Ernst & Young’s Winning Women Program, one of the Top 40 Outstanding Women by Stonewall Community Foundation, and NYC Controller Bill Thompson’s LGBT Business Owner of the Year. Most recently, she was named one of Databird’s Top Female Executives of the Year for Small Business (2019), and one of Hive Learning’s most influential D&I Leaders (2019).

Brown’s book Inclusion: Diversity, the New Workplace & the Will to Change (2016) inspires leadership to embrace the opportunity that diversity represents and empower advocates at all levels to find their voice and be a driving force in creating more enlightened organizations that resonate in a fast-changing world. Her second book, How to Be an Inclusive Leader: Your Role in Creating Cultures of Belonging Where Everyone Can Thrive (2019), provides a step-by-step guide for the personal and emotional journey we must undertake to create an inclusive workplace where everyone thrives, and is a Shortlist O.W.L. Award winner in Management & Culture, and a Nautilus Book Awards winner in Business & Leadership.

Brian HallBrian Hall

Senior Vice President and Executive Director of Equity and Inclusion, Greater Cleveland Partnership

Brian Hall serves as the Senior Vice President and Executive Director of Equity and Inclusion for the Greater Cleveland Partnership. In addition to his duties at the Greater Cleveland Partnership, where he was a founding board member and 5-year Co-Chair of its Commission on Economic Inclusion, he is also a small business owner and investor. For over 30 years his companies have provided contract staffing intra and inter plant logistics, warehouse services, parking and distribution solutions. They served many Fortune 100 customers across America.

Brian earned a BBA from the University of Cincinnati and an EMBA from Baldwin Wallace University. He additionally completed four annual executive tracks in business management at The Tuck School of Business, Dartmouth College and a certificate of Strategic Management with Georgetown University. He has served on several civic boards and task forces in the areas of health, economic development, youth education, music arts and culture. A director and member of the strategy and compensation committees and the Chair of the governance and community benefits committees of University Hospital Health Systems; a Trustee and Chair of the Finance Committee for the University of Cincinnati Foundation; and the chairman of the R.E.A.L. Re-Entry committee at Mount Zion Church where he also is a trustee.

Among his many activities he founded the Tremont Elementary School Advisory group in 1991, which mentored 14 young males through high school. He was a founding member and 10-year president of the Presidents' Council LLC a collaboration of CEO's focused on economic growth and wealth creation in the African American community. He is the current Chair of the Black Young Presidents Organization Network; an international network of black CEO's who members are YPO or YPO Gold. Brian has received numerous awards including the R. H. Adler Community Leadership Award from the American Jewish Committee, Volunteer of the Year by Leadership Cleveland; The Man of the Year from Cleveland Public Theater; Father of the Year by American Diabetes Association and Supplier of the Year for Community service by Ford Motor Company. He has also been named as one of the 100 influential leaders in Northeast Ohio by Cleveland Magazine and as part of the Power Pack 100 by Crain’s Cleveland Business. He was inducted into Inside Business Magazine, Hall of Fame in 2010.

basheer jonesBasheer Jones

Ward 7 Councilman

Ward 7 Councilman Basheer Jones was elected in November 2017, becoming the city’s first Muslim council representative. He represents an area which includes the historic Hough district, as well as the St. Clair-Superior, Midtown and Asia Town neighborhoods.

Councilman Jones serves on four council committees – Development Planning & Sustainability, Health, Safety and Workforce & Community Benefits.

Councilman Jones, was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., and moved to Cleveland with his family when he was a child. He graduated Cum Laude in 2006 from Morehouse College in Atlanta, Ga., earning a degree in African-American studies.

Councilman Jones has been recognized nationally for his grass-roots activism relating to issues of social justice and empowering those who are left out of the American Dream. During the 2008 presidential election, Councilman Jones hosted rallies in Cleveland for Barack Obama and organized a youth voter registration drive in the city.

He has received various awards for his work, including the “Emerging Leader” award from U.S. Rep. Marcia Fudge and the Urban League’s “Distinguished Men” award. Councilman Jones is a member of the NAACP and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity.

Councilman Jones was the youngest news talk radio show host when he was on "Basheer Jones and Company" on WERE AM/1490 News Talk Radio and Street Soldiers on WENZ FM/107.9 until 2010. He has also been a guest correspondent on CNN, MSNBC, and CSPAN.

He also authored a book, entitled, “I’ll Speak for Change.” And Councilman Jones is the creator of the Be the Change Leadership Series, in which he holds leadership and character development workshops within various school systems throughout the state of Ohio.

Maurice JonesMaurice A. Jones

President & CEO, LISC

Maurice A. Jones was appointed CEO and President of the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) in September of 2016. LISC is one of the country’s largest organizations supporting projects to revitalize communities and catalyze economic opportunity for residents. Prior to joining LISC, Maurice was the Secretary of Commerce and Trade for the Commonwealth of Virginia where his primary job was to utilize Virginia’s assets to solidify its position as the preeminent place to live, work and conduct business.

Maurice previously served as Deputy Secretary for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) from April 2012 through January 2014. As the second most senior official at HUD, Maurice managed the Department's day-to-day operations, the annual operating budget of $40 billion and the agency's 8,900 employees.

Before his appointment at HUD, Maurice was President of Pilot Media, the largest print and digital organization in Hampton Roads, Virginia. He joined Landmark Media Enterprises, owner of Pilot Media, in 2005, serving as Vice President of the Landmark Publishing Group. In 2006, he became the Vice President and General Manager of Pilot Media, and in 2008 he became President and Publisher of The Virginian-Pilot.

Maurice also served as the Commissioner of the Virginia Department of Social Services and Deputy Chief of Staff to then-Virginia Governor Mark R. Warner. Other positions include: Special Assistant to the General Counsel at the U.S. Treasury Department, Legal Counsel to the Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Fund and Director of the Fund during the Clinton Administration, Associate Attorney at Hunton & Williams in Richmond, Virginia, and Partner at Venture Philanthropy Partners.

Maurice received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Hampden-Sydney College and attended Oxford University in England on a Rhodes Scholarship, where he received a Master of Philosophy in International Relations. He later received a Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia.

LoganEric Logan

Principal – Industrial Manufacturing Strategy; Operations CoE Lead, KPMG LLP

Eric Logan currently serves as a Principal in the Industrial Manufacturing Strategy practice and Lead of the Operations Center of Excellence at KPMG, LLP. In his role, he serves C-suite clients at Fortune 200 companies in cost management, supply chain optimization, procurement, and operating strategy. Additionally, he serves as the firm’s US Lead for their global Industry 4.0 initiative. He is also the Partner sponsor and lead of KPMG’s Cleveland Inclusion and Diversity Council, as well as the leadof the Diversity Council for the Columbus Hub, which includes the Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, and Louisville offices.

Prior to working at KPMG, Eric held the position of Vice President and General Manager of Special Metals Welding Products Company in Newton, North Carolina, a subsidiary of Precision Castparts Corporation (PCC). Previously at PCC, he held positions of Vice President of Commercial at the PCC Revert Group, General Manager of McWilliams Forge Company, Division Manager at Huntington Alloys, and Vice President of Business Strategy for PCC Forged Products. Prior to PCC he was an Executive Advisor for international strategy firm, Booz and Company. He has also worked in various positions in metallurgy, quality, and operations in the steel industry for LTV Steel, International Steel Group, and NorthStarBHP Steel.

Throughout his career and life, Eric has also maintained a dedication to community and civic service. In Cleveland he currently sits on the boards of Team NEO, Esperanza, Inc. and the Domestic Violence and Child Advocacy Center. Nationally, he serves on the National Advisory Council of “A Better Chance, Inc.,” a program that helps place underprivileged minority students into top notch secondary schools. Eric has previously been recognized by A Better Chance, as a “Rising Star” and Crain’s Cleveland Business as a member of the 2011 “40 under 40” class.

Eric holds a Bachelor of Science degree in materials science and engineering from Stanford University in Stanford, California and a Masters of business administration degree from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.

Dr. Pamela Newkirk, PhD

Professor, New York University

Pamela Newkirk, PhD, is a journalist, New York University professor, author and multi-disciplinary scholar whose work examines contemporary and historical depictions of African Americans in popular culture. Her latest book Diversity Inc.: The Failed Promise of Billion-Dollar Business, exposes the decades-old practices and attitudes that have made diversity a lucrative business while they have failed to realize diversity. The book was included on TIME magazine’s “Must-Read” books of 2019. Her previous book, Spectacle: The Astonishing Life of Ota Benga, was awarded the 2016 NAACP Image Award and was selected as a New York Times Editor’s Choice and named a Best Book of 2015 by NPR,

The San Francisco Chronicle and The Boston Globe. Dr. Newkirk is also the author of Within the Veil: Black Journalists, White Media which won the National Press Club Award for Media Criticism. Prior to joining the journalism faculty at New York University, she was a daily reporter at four news organizations including New York Newsday where she was part of a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporting team. She holds journalism degrees from Columbia and New York universities, and a PhD from Columbia University. Her articles have appeared in a number of leading publications including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Guardian, and TIME magazine.

Jason WrightJason Wright

Partner in McKinsey & Company

Jason Wright is a Partner in McKinsey & Company’s Washington DC office. His work focuses on modernizing higher education institutions, government agencies, and industrial companies through large scale transformations. Jason leads McKinsey’s SG&A Operations practice and brings deep expertise in reducing cost and improving the effectiveness of administrative operations to the CHROs, CFOs, and CEOs he counsels. Jason also co-leads McKinsey’s global inclusion strategy and recently developed McKinsey’s anti-racism strategy. Over the last 3 years he has led the Black Economic Institute, a research entity that analyzes the racial wealth gap.

Jason is also on the Board of Trustees at Union Theological Seminary where he is helping the institution better equip a changing student body that is more focused on community organizing and social entrepreneurship than traditional ministry. Prior to joining McKinsey, he was a running back in the National Football League, finishing his athletic career as a team captain and labor union leader during the 2011 NFL Lockout. He has a B.A. in Psychology from Northwestern University where he was an Academic All-American student athlete, a two time All-Big Ten football selection, and the president of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He received his M.B.A. in Operations and Finance, with honors, from the University of Chicago- Booth School of Business.

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