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2nd Annual State of the Young Professional Community

  • The Sherwin-Williams Company 101 West Prospect Avenue Cleveland, OH, 44115 United States (map)

What do young professionals view as the greatest strengths of our area? In what ways can we improve Greater Cleveland to better attract, engage and retain diverse talent to our community? Be one of the first to hear the exclusive results of our second State of the Young Professional Community survey which builds on last year’s findings and provides our organization with the answers to critical questions like the above and more. These results will stay under wrap until September 12…

We want to invite you to be a part of the exclusive release of our survey results discussing why young professionals choose Cleveland to live, work and get civically involved. For the second year in a row, we will gather our employer members and the community to report on our organization and the Cleveland young professional community. Join other like-minded employers to network and learn how we can make Cleveland a lasting home for the next generation.

Registration closes on September 9th at 11am.


8:00am - Registration, Networking & Breakfast

8:30am - Opening Remarks

  • Gary Shamis, Board Chair, Engage! Cleveland

  • Mark Jones, President, The Illuminating Company, A FirstEnergy Company

  • Ashley Basile Oeken, President, Engage! Cleveland

8:45am - State of the Young Professional Community Survey Results

  • Survey Overview

    • Ashley Basile Oeken, President, Engage! Cleveland

  • Employment Preferences & Job Attributes

    • SueAnn Naso, President, Staffing Solutions Enterprises

    • Lauren Rudman, HR Director, Donley’s Inc

  • Civic Engagement

    • Michelle Tomallo, Chief Culture Officer, FIT Technologies

    • David Toth, Vice President, USA Expo

 9:25am - Emerging Trends Keynote Panel

  • Teri Paridon, Director, Talent Acquisition, The Sherwin-Williams Company

  • Mike Drolet, Head of the Cleveland Global Client Services Center & Contingent Workforce Solutions, Alexander Mann Solutions

  • George Sample, Human Resources Business Partner Manager, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland

  • Moderator –  Ashley Basile Oeken, President, Engage! Cleveland

10:05am - Q&A

10:30am - Closing Remarks

  • Cheyenne Meek, Marketing & Events Assistant, Engage! Cleveland


$50 - General Admission

* Employer Members of Engage! Cleveland receive a 20% discount on ticket purchases. Please reach out to for your Employer Member code.

** Groups of 8 receive a $50 discount on ticket purchases. Please email for your promo code.

*** Breakfast is included in your ticket price. It will be served buffet style and include scrambled eggs, bacon, link sausages, assorted mini muffins, croissants and scones with butter and jam, fresh fruit platter, orange juice, tea and coffee.

This event is auditorium-style. No food or drink is permitted in the auditorium but attendees are welcome to enjoy breakfast before and after the event in an adjacent room.

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