2017 In Review

As the end of the year quickly approaches we’re reflecting on the successful year we had here at Engage! Cleveland and excitedly look to the new year. In 2017, our small but mighty team of staff, our leadership council and board of directors accomplished a lot to continue to successfully engage Cleveland’s young professional community.

From adding new engaging programming and events to our calendar to growing our staff and volunteer base, this year was one full of growth for us. Of course, we couldn’t do it without our wonderful volunteers, employer members, sponsors and partners and probably most importantly YOU, the young professional in Cleveland.

Keep reading to learn more about our accomplishments this year:

We implemented new programs and events.

This year we implemented our new programs including Workout Wednesdays which focused on helping you discover Cleveland’s growing fitness scene. In addition, to our WOW events we took a peek behind the scenes of some of Cleveland’s organizations and companies.

We had our 4th Annual Young Professionals Week.

Because of your support, Cleveland Young Professionals Week was a huge success in the community once again. We attracted over 2,400 young professionals during the 9 days and 33 events that took place.

To learn more about Young Professionals Week and become involved click here.

We welcomed a new staff member.

Katelyn Gainer joined our team as our Marketing, Events & Development Manager in June. If you haven’t met her yet, make sure to say hello at one of our upcoming events!

You can learn more about her here.

We added some great leaders to our board of directors.

Our board of directors continued to grow as we welcomed five new members in early 2017 and as this year wraps up we recently added another four members to our growing board.

To view our board of directors and learn more click here.

We added some amazing young professionals to our Leadership Council.

In its second year, our Leadership Council continued to thrive as many of our members started their second term and we added a number of new members from the community and many from our employer members. Our Leadership Council serves as advocates for the YP community by assisting in the planning and execution of EC programs and events and by promoting a positive YP experience in Cleveland.

To learn more about our Leadership Council, please click here.

Our employer membership program continued to grow.

In 2016 we introduced our new employer membership program with the hopes to help local organizations and companies engage and retain their current young professional talent while continuing to attract new talent. In 2017, we’ve continued to grow our membership and our excited to welcome a number of companies and continue to work with them in 2018.

To view all our current members and learn more about employer membership click here.

We won the Connectors Business Choice Awards

In 2017, we won best networking organization for young professionals for the second year in a row. The Connectors Business Choice Awards recognizes the top individuals and organizations within the local corporate event-planning industry and business networking community.

What’s Next

Although we had a year full of new opportunities, people and experiences, which brought lots of successes, it also helped us discover how we could improve as an organization to continue to grow and bring you the best opportunities possible.

That being said, we’re excited to announce our new line up of signature events coming in 2018 and the opportunities that we’re bringing to you this upcoming year.  We hope you’ll join us for the journey. Stay tuned and watch out for our 2018 announcement coming soon!


Ashley & Katelyn

The Engage! Cleveland Team