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Lunch with Leaders

  • Cleveland Public Library, Louis Stokes Building, 2nd Floor 525 West Superior Avenue Cleveland, OH, 44114 United States (map)
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Have you been dreaming about having a conversation with that C-level executive? If you’ve ever wanted to know how Cleveland’s leaders got where are they are today, now is your chance!

Our 7th annual Lunch with Leaders provides the opportunity to grab lunch and chat with our city’s top leaders representing diverse industries including accounting, banking, philanthropy, marketing, healthcare, and much more to learn about their careers. Attendees have the opportunity to speak with three leaders in a small group setting.

Our leaders include:

Rick Batyko, Executive Director, Marketing & Communications, YMCA of Greater Cleveland

Richard Buoncore, Managing Partner, MAI Capital

Diana Centeno-Gomez, Chief, Smart Sensing and Electronics Systems Branch at NASA Glenn Research Center

Lisa Codispoti, Chief People Officer, Cleveland Museum of Art

Colleen Cotter, Executive Director, The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland

Peggy Zone Fisher, President & CEO, The Diversity Center of Northeast Ohio

Adam Fishman, Principal, Fairmount Properties

Katie Gallagher, Mayor, City of Brooklyn

Rachel Johnson, Chief Information Officer at The NRP Group LLC

Robert Littman, BDO

Jeff Linville, CEO/Partner, TH Cleveland, a Tim Hortons Independent Area Developer

Michael Murphy, Chief Marketing Officer, Cleveland Foundation

Chris Nehez, Chief Information Officer, Oatey Co.

Michelle Polinko, Regional Chief Development Officer, American Red Cross

Tony Prinzo, AVP of HR, National Interstate

Bobby Rutter, Chief Operating Officer, FWD Hospitality Group

Fabio Salerno, Chef, Salerno Restaurant Group

Chris Schmitt, Senior Director of Strategic Development, National Association of Manufacturers

Patrick Shepherd, Associate Director, Cleveland International Film Festival

Janus Small, President & Founder, Janus Small Associates LLC

April Thompson, Chef/Business Owner, Wild Thymez Personal Chef Service, Sweet Chicks, Canine Couture & Tiny Tots

Judy Tobin, Chief Human Resources Officer, Holden Forest & Garden

Sean Wenger, Executive Vice President, Fathom

Ryan White, CEO & President, INSIGHT2PROFIT

Zulma Zabalal, Chief Executive Officer, East End Neighborhood House

Price: $25

What do you need to know?

  • Lunch is included in your ticket price.

  • Menu options are available when you register.

  • You pick your first lunch spot and then two additional leaders will rotate to your table. Conversations are brief, but informative. (Example: Leader at table 1, moves to table 2 and then table 3.

  • Please come prepared with potential questions to ask leaders.

Parking: No parking available on-site. Meters, lots and garages are located within the area.

To register for this event, click here and select the 'Lunch with Leaders' ticket option.

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