2016 Engage! Cleveland Recap

2016 Engage! Cleveland Recap

As we approach the holiday season, we wanted to take a moment to reflect on all that has happened in 2016. And boy what a year it has been not only for Engage! Cleveland, but also for the city of Cleveland.

ClevelandIt seems that over the course of a few months, Cleveland went from being just another dot on a map to being known as “the city”. Our city is walking away from 2016 with three champions (Cavs, Monsters and Stipe Miocic), a successful RNC, and a trip to the World Series. Not to mention all the positive media stories, economic growth and amazing development that also happened. Public Square’s renovations, the completion of the inner belt bridge, and other physical development aided in this great ride.

At Engage! Cleveland, we have always known that Cleveland is an amazing city and our mission is to make young professionals (YPs) fall in love with the CLE. When we got started with this work a few years ago, there was a different story being told about Cleveland. We are happy to do our part in changing that narrative. We are honored to work in such an uplifting city and we are grateful to partner with so many outstanding organizations to achieve our mission. In 2016, we hosted or partnered on 60 different events to showcase our beloved home. Our amazing partners included including the Greater Cleveland Aquarium, KeyBank, the Greater Cleveland Caucus, Cleveland Magazine, and so many more.

This year was all about growth and giving YPs the opportunity to experience all that Cleveland has to offer.

YP WeekThe event that really captures this is our annual Cleveland Young Professionals Week. In just one week, EC engaged over 2,100 young professionals at 31 events across the Cleveland area. The events ranged from early morning workout classes to lunchtime speakers and unique networking events every day of the week.

This year’s YP Week was all made possible by our 101 sponsors and partners, including our presenting sponsor, KeyBank. Not only did the week allow us to better connect YPs to Cleveland, but we were also able to showcase all of the things we love about our city.

All of this work would not be possible without the support of our Board Members, Committee Members, volunteers, sponsors, partners and you! Thank you for your continued support of EC and our mission to attract, retain and engage YPs to this amazing city we all call home.

We can’t wait to see what 2017 has in store!


Here’s the full break down of the major milestones and awesome events:


1/22: We kicked off the new year with Cleveland’s young professionals at a Lake Erie Monsters game.


Tour2/4: Our Hofbrauhaus Tasting & Tour event gave YPs the opportunity to chat with a Brewmaster and enjoy beer tastings.

2/12: Partner Event | Greater Cleveland Aquarium Captain Neo’s Adult Swim.

2/23 – 3/21: Partner Event | Emerging Leaders Conversations with Cuyahoga County Executive. County Executive Armond Budish reached out to E!C to identify 100 emerging leaders to speak with him about the county.


3/3: Engage! Cleveland joined Bloom Bakery for a pre-opening event at their downtown location.

3/5: Partner Event | KeyBank Foundation Minority MBA Case Competition. EC attended the competition as a partner to KeyBank to share information about CLE with prospective employees.

3/12: Partner Event | Greater Cleveland Caucus: A Town Hall Meeting on Community Solutions. EC participated as a featured organization that was highlighted as a part of the inclusivity: Population & Demographics Caucus.

3/19: Partner Event | Cyclebar Preview Ride. As part of their Grand Opening celebration, CYCLEBAR offered a free preview class to Engage! Cleveland.

3/23: Attendees of our Cavaliers Game enjoyed an exclusive speaking engagement hearing from Director of Pro Player Personnel, Koby Altman and afterwards enjoyed watching Cleveland’s Champions take on the Milwaukee Bucks.

3/31: Partner Event | What’s new at Progressive Field. Engage! Cleveland partnered with the Cleveland Indians to offer an exclusive opportunity to experience the new stadium renovations and sample food from the new restaurants.


Taste4/8 – 4/10: Partner Event | Cleveland International Film Festival. Engage! Cleveland was once again thrilled to be a community partner of CIFF.

4/8: Partner Event | Ideas to Action Entrepreneur Series. EC partnered and attended an event for the entrepreneurial spirits in Cleveland.

4/28: We worked with Innova Living to host Taste of the Circle, an event featuring 11 area University Circle restaurants, art and music.


5/28: Cleveland’s young professionals got to cheer on the Gladiators.


6/9: Partner Event | Cathy’s Creamery. Cathy’s Creamery partnered with Engage! Cleveland on their Grand Opening celebration.

6/20 – 6/26: 3rd Annual Cleveland Young Professionals Week was held featuring 31 events.


8/25: Over 220 young professionals joined us on the rooftop of Barge 225 for our 7th Annual Summer MIX.

September 9/15: Jeff Heinen joined us for a Speaker Series event in the Rotunda of Heinen’s Downtown.


10/15: Partner Event | Best of CLE. Engage! Cleveland was once again a proud supporter of Cleveland Magazine’s Best of CLE party.


Workshop11/4: Nearly 60 young professional leaders joined us for our 5th Annual YP Workshop, sponsored by John Carroll Boler School of Business.

11/21: Partner Event | 40 under 40 Awards. EC was once again a proud supporter of Crain’s annual event recognizing Cleveland’s YPs.


12/8: Engage! Cleveland’s 7th annual Holiday MIX will feature ice skating, food, music, a silent auction, and so much more! There is still time to register!



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Check out our calendar to see what we have planned so far for 2017!