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Commission to host ninth annual Inclusion Conference
Join us August 24 at LaCentre

A year ago, the Commission on Economic Inclusion brought Harvard Professor Mahzarin Banaji to Cleveland.

She effectively demonstrated how even the most well-intentioned people unwittingly allow unconscious thoughts and feelings to influence seemingly objective decisions. 

This year, at the Commission’s ninth annual Inclusion Conference, experts will continue that conversation with a deeper dive into the concept of bias, specifically as it relates to attracting and selecting top talent for your organization. 

Please join us on Thursday, August 24  from 7:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. at LaCentre Banquet and Conference Facility in Westlake to learn more about your organization’s recruiting, interviewing, and selection process.

Confirmed speakers include:

Celeste Chatman, M.A. CDR
Director, Talent Acquisition & Planning
The Urban Institute

Lauren Rivera
Associate Professor of Management & Organizations
Kellogg School of Management
Northwestern University
Tonie Snell, CMS, CDR, DMC
Founder and CEO
360HR—Diversity Forward™ Talent Solutions Firm

Petar Vujosevic
COO and Co-founder

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Sponsored by:

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How subtle class cues can backfire on your resume
Work experience, education could be overlooked

Research co-authored by Northwestern University Associate Professor Lauren Rivera, who is one of the presenters at the Commission’s ninth annual Inclusion Conference, is the basis for a Harvard Business Review video on how subtle class clues can backfire on a resume.

What makes the difference in who gets invited for an interview?

Click to watch the video and find out.

Rivera is also author of “Pedigree: How Elite Students Get Elite Jobs.”

Results of D&I Organization Assessment now available
Dynamic reports distributed electronically

The results of the Commission on Economic Inclusion’s 2017 Diversity & Inclusion Organization Assessment, along with individual scorecards for participating employers, were distributed earlier this week.

The aggregate report is a barometer of the level of inclusion in Northeast Ohio on four core metrics: board, senior management, workforce and supplier diversity.

Additionally, employers who completed the assessment received immediate feedback upon making their final submission, along with suggested resources that can be useful for internal diversity and inclusion strategic planning.  

The assessment and the associated resources can benefit any organization—whether you have an established D&I program in place, or if you are looking for a place to start.

The new reporting platform allows employers to filter the collected data by organization type, organization size and industry segment to provide the most comparisons when assessing their own D&I program.

Sign up for our webinar to learn more
about the assessment

Click below to register for a webinar that will demonstrate the new functionality of the reports:

Thursday, July 13 from 2 to 2:30 p.m.

Thursday, July 20 from 2 to 2:30 p.m.

If you have questions about the reports, did not receive them electronically, or would like to participate in next year’s assessment, please contact Scott Harrington at or 216.592.2213.

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Wanted: Entrepreneurs seeking to grow their businesses

Apply for the NextStep program

University Circle Inc. is seeking Northeast Ohio entrepreneurs for its NextStep: Strategies for Business Growth program, an innovative educational series designed specifically for CEOs of small businesses that have survived the start-up phase and are looking to grow their bottom line.

The program will help motivated CEOs build their business skills and network of peer entrepreneurs and advisors for further growth and scale.

It brings together a cohort of 15 small business owners for a seven-month, instructor-facilitated learning experience, using an award-winning executive training curriculum. Applications are due by July 31 for the fall program.

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Join top corporate, government and community leaders

Register now for the Presidents’ Council Business Conference

The Presidents' Council Business Conference on August 21-22 is presented in collaboration with Downtown Cleveland Alliance and the Commission on Economic Inclusion.

It is a unique opportunity to directly engage with those who share in The Presidents' Council mission of closing gaps that negatively impact minority communities; have a shared passion for, and understanding of, the issues and needs of African American business owners; and actively seek progress in removing barriers linked to those challenges.

The conference program on August 22 features keynote speakers Susan L. Taylor, editor-in-chief emerita of Essence magazine, and David E. Gilbert, president and CEO of Destination Cleveland and the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission.

It also will include panel discussions led by regional business and community leaders on these topics:

  • Innovations and How to Protect Them
  • Access to Capital: Everyone Needs It, How Do You Get It?
  • Risk Management and Succession Planning
  • Expanding Your Business in Today's Political and Economic Climate

There will be a kick-off golf outing on Monday, August 21 at Canterbury Golf Course followed by a welcome reception in the evening.

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Efforts expand to advance D&I in the workplace
New national initiative engages 150+ CEOs

ceo action rev 06 28 17.jpgThe Commission on Economic Inclusion, a program of the Greater Cleveland Partnership, was created in 2000 by a cohort of CEOs from more than 40 of Northeast Ohio’s largest employers with the goal of making the region’s diversity a “source of economic strength.”

After 17 years, it is still going strong, providing tools, resources, programs and the sharing of best practices to assist organizations from a variety of industry segments with internal diversity and inclusion strategic planning.

This includes the participation of 90+ Northeast Ohio employers in the Commission’s 2017 Diversity and Inclusion Organization Assessment (see the story above).

This effort is now mirrored in a new national initiative, the CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion,™ which is described as “the largest CEO-driven business commitment to advance diversity and inclusion within the workplace.

“CEOs recognize that change starts with them. With more than 150 CEOs of the world’s leading companies and business organizations, our goal is to leverage our individual and collective voices to advance diversity and inclusion in the workplace.”

Participating companies includes several GCP members with business operations or headquarters in Northeast Ohio:

  • Accenture
  • Avery Dennison
  • Bank of America Merrill Lynch
  • Deloitte
  • EY
  • Fifth Third Bank
  • FirstEnergy
  • Huntington National Bank
  • KeyBank
  • KPMG
  • PwC
  • United Airlines
  • US Bank

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07.24.17 GCP Member Golf Outing

This event is for C-suite executives and their direct reports. Please join us from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. for lunch, golf and dinner at Kirtland Country Club in Willoughby.

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08.02-03.17 Ohio Municipalities Business Conference and Expo

Small, minority-owned and women-owned enterprises can learn how to do business with municipalities from around the state.

09.14.17 and 12.05.17
Procurement Professionals Group

Upcoming meetings will be held from 7:30 to 10 a.m. at the GCP Offices, 1240 Huron Road East in Playhouse Square.

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10.12.17 BizConCLE

Please mark your calendar and plan to join us at BizConCLE, a unique education and networking experience presented by the GCP/COSE.

It is designed for small business owners, middle-market CEOs, C-suite leaders and their teams.

11.14.17 Diversity Professionals Group

Our final DPG forum of the year will be held from 7:30 to 10 a.m. at the offices of Squire Patton Boggs.

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