2021 Cleveland Foundation Annual Meeting Week Presented by KeyBank:
It Starts With Community
To make an impact, it all starts with community. We invite you to join us for an exciting, free virtual event series that looks back on this unprecedented year and looks ahead on what it will take to move forward together as a community. The 2021 Cleveland Foundation Annual Meeting Week Presented by KeyBank will include the following events on Zoom:
Robert D. Gries Keynote Lecture: Isabel Wilkerson
Monday, August 23 | 7 p.m.
The Robert D. Gries Keynote Lecture will feature Pulitzer Prize winning author Isabel Wilkerson speaking about her book “Caste” and our racial moment of truth. Daniel Gray-Kontar, Founder and Executive Artistic Director of Twelve Literary Arts, will moderate the conversation with Ms. Wilkerson, who received the 2011 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award for Nonfiction for “The Warmth of Other Suns.”
Recording of this event is not permitted. For more information on this speaker, please visit prhspeakers.com.
2021 Cleveland Foundation Annual Meeting Presented by KeyBank: It Starts With Community
Tuesday, August 24 | 4 p.m.
Tune in for a reflection on the past year and celebration of how the community came together for this pivotal moment in our shared history; the announcement of the Homer C. Wadsworth Award recipients for exceptional community leadership; the State of the Community Address by President & CEO Ronn Richard; and conversations about what’s next for Greater Cleveland and the Cleveland Foundation as we continue our work together.
Fostering Inclusive Economic Prosperity
Wednesday, August 25 | Noon
How might we help every person in our community find a job or access the support and resources needed to put a great idea into action? Learn how people and organizations are working to foster inclusive economic prosperity in Greater Cleveland. This conversation with panelists Jeremy Johnson (President and CEO, Assembly for the Arts); Ricardo León (Executive Director, Metro West Community Development Organization); and Karis Tzeng (Director of AsiaTown Initiatives, MidTown Inc.) is moderated by Keisha González, Cleveland Foundation Program Manager for Social Impact Investing and Community Development Initiatives.
Creating Pathways to Opportunity
Thursday, August 26 | Noon
How might we help every person in our community discover their interests and talents and make the most of them? What will it take to give every person the supports and resources they need to succeed in school and the workforce? Discover how people and organizations are creating local pathways to opportunity. This conversation with panelists Bishara Addison (Director of Job Preparation, The Fund for Our Economic Future); Roberta Duarte (Principal, Community Engagement and Outreach, JumpStart Inc.); and Dr. Michele Scott Taylor (Chief Program Officer, College Now) is moderated by Helen Williams, Cleveland Foundation Program Director for Education.
Building and Sharing Power
Friday, August 27 | Noon
How might we help every person in our community feel seen, heard and a sense of belonging? What will it take for more people to see themselves represented and reflected in the leadership of their community? How can we ensure more people have a say in the decisions that affect them? Find out how people and organizations are building and sharing power in Greater Cleveland. This conversation with panelists Erika Anthony (Executive Director, Ohio Transformation Fund & Co-Founder, Cleveland VOTES); Keith Benford (Parent, Hough Youth Advisory Board); and Michelle Tomallo (Member, Board of Directors, Plexus LGBT and Allied Chamber of Commerce) is moderated by Nelson Beckford, Cleveland Foundation Program Director for Neighborhood Revitalization and Community Engagement.
Saturday, August 28 | All day
Following Annual Meeting Week, join our friends at MidTown Inc. for a community celebration of the Cleveland Walls! mural festival. More than 20 national and international artists will work with Northeast Ohio artists, MidTown Cleveland and LAND studio to update 20 building facades in MidTown and the surrounding neighborhood in a weeklong celebration of art, culture and community.
By registering for Annual Meeting Week activities, our guests are opting in to receive periodic updates from the Cleveland Foundation on developments in the community.