4 new discoveries I made during my time with E!C
By Jane Medoro
There’s nothing quite like a summer in Cleveland. For the past few months, I was fortunate enough to spend my days working alongside the ladies and gentlemen of Engage! Cleveland. Since parting is such sweet sorrow, I wanted to take this opportunity to talk about some things I learned during my time with E!C.
1) A small but mighty staff can accomplish much.
Let me take you behind the scenes of our 6th Annual Cleveland Young Professionals Week. As I’m sure you know, we put on 36 events this year all across the city over the span of 8 days. We had over 90 sponsors/partners and 42 leaders and speakers who all pitched in to make the week a success.
However, I’d like to take a moment to recognize the 5-person team that made it all possible. Megan, our programs assistant, welcomed a baby boy into the world in May and so, unfortunately, couldn’t join us for YP Week events but had been working since joining E!C nearly a year ago to make our programs possible. Carolyn and I came in later in the process to join Ashley, Cheyenne, and Megan and from then on, it was non-stop. As you can imagine, our small group grew pretty close in those weeks, setting up, carpooling to, and running different events. I think we all ended the week pretty proud of what we’d accomplished.
2) Clevelanders are infectiously excited about their city
This summer, I was fortunate enough to meet some of the movers and shakers that make Cleveland what it is. Politicians, community and business leaders, and the folks that work in and call Cleveland home. The point of E!C is to make events that people can get excited about as well as draw their attention to things already going on. When we got a chance to ask some of those community leaders just how to keep busy during a Cleveland summer, they were bursting with ideas. You can read about some of those things here.
3) Cleveland is going to be the next food destination
Though I’m likely not the first to say it (I’m sure Michael Symon called it first), I’ll say it now: Cleveland tastes good, and I’m not just talking about the pierogis (though they are excellent). We had 13 local places that were generous enough supply food and treats for YP Week and needless to say, attendees were very well fed the whole week. Cleveland’s star is definitely rising when it comes to the restaurant scene, and I for one am thrilled.
4) No matter where you go in Cleveland, you’ll see someone you know.
I confess, as a life-long Clevelander I may have a bit of an advantage, but I hear the same thing from everyone, even the folks that are brand-new to the area; you can’t go anywhere in Cleveland without running into someone you know. During YP Week, I ran into folks I knew from high school, university, church, book club and community theatre. If you put yourself out there, you’ll start to learn that even in a city of 400,000, it’s a small world.
It makes me sad to say goodbye to E!C so soon, but I know the connections I made will last long beyond my time here. So thank you Engage! Cleveland, and I’ll see you down the road.
Jane Medoro is a NE Ohio native from Westlake, Ohio. She is a graduate of Miami University with a Bachelor of Arts in Professional Writing, Literature, and a minor in marketing. When she's not doing things with Engage! Cleveland, she teaches swimming, involves herself in Cleveland's amazing theatre scene, and enjoys discovering all that Cleveland has to offer.