As we celebrate Women’s History Month, what better time to bring together female young professionals with role models and mentors for a day of conversation, learning, and networking?
Engage! Cleveland is proud to present the second annual Next Generation of Women, presented by The Sherwin-Williams Company. This forum is crafted to women in their 20’s and 30’s who are navigating career and personal life issues by providing real, helpful advice from notable women across a variety of professions.
Speakers and topics for Next Generation of Women include:
Cathy Belk, President, JumpStart Inc. – How to REALLY Network
Margaret Bernstein, Director of Advocacy and Community Initiatives, WKYC Channel 3 – What Happens Outside of the Workplace
Jennifer Cohen, Senior Vice President, Leadership Development, Ratliff & Taylor – Being Authentic: Leading with Your Own Personality Style
Emily Drake, Partner, Fairport Asset Management – Charting a Course: A Financial Guide for Women
Janice G. Murphy, Senior Vice President of Mission and Ministry, Sisters of Charity Health System – Caring for Your Whole Self
The event takes place on Thursday, March 28 from 11am – 4:30pm at Stillwater Place at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. Tickets are $75 for the general public and $60 for employer members. Tickets can be purchased online.
Engage! Cleveland has established itself as a great resource for young professionals in Cleveland, connecting them with not only volunteer and civic groups, but career advancement and development programs, too. This is a wonderful opportunity for a day of learning and connection!
As more and more businesses shift to work-from-home and remote opportunities and as more and more people harness their entrepreneurial spirit, there is a need for work space that is not your traditional, company-owned office.
Limelight CoWorking in Ohio City is a new, locally-owned option for people who want a focused place to work outside of the normal office environment. From inviting “soft areas” to tables to private office space, Limelight offers something for every style of worker. When I visited, I found myself floating from tables to these cozy chairs as I worked.
Limelight offers big and small conference rooms to conduct meetings, as well as “phone booths” to take calls or attend webinars.
Whatever work you need to accomplish, whether solo or in a group, you can find a space for it at Limelight. There are also printing and copying services, mail services, WiFi, and the all-important office snacks!
I spent the morning at Limelight and found everyone to be a nice balance of friendly and focused. The people working there were welcoming, but also had their own tasks to accomplish, so everyone was able to have a productive time in a comfortable space.
As someone who spends time floating in between coffee shops to get work done while Jeffrey is in school, I found Limelight to be a great option. This is a space dedicated to people getting work done, without the noise, distractions, and less-than-ideal environment of a coffee shop.
Limelight is beautifully-decorated, well-appointed with everything you could need to be productive, and, best of all, locally-owned to help Clevelanders find the work space they need.
There are different levels of Limelight membership to fit your needs, from single day passes for $45 to four or eight-day per month passes for $90 and $150 respectively to daily access for a month for $225. Contact Michele for more details and to sign up at 216-316-3013 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
As we move away from traditional corporate jobs, spaces like Limelight allow for productivity and access to all the office niceties in a beautiful, relaxed environment.
***Disclosure: I was invited to a complimentary morning at Limelight CoWorking. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***
Yesterday, I spent my afternoon learning, laughing, and being inspired by some amazing Cleveland women at the Engage Cleveland Next Generation of Women event. It was the inaugural year for this event, held at FirstEnergy Stadium, which brought together young female professionals to listen to women who have risen to great heights in their careers and had plenty of wisdom to share.
The format for the speakers varied between presentations and interview-style conversations, which allowed the speakers to really play to their speaking strengths and share their messages effectively.
We heard from Lisa Zone, Managing Director at Dix & Eaton on “What do you want to be known for? How to create your personal brand and sell yourself.” Lisa shared a great mix of personal experience, as well as practical advice on how to create that elusive personal brand.
My favorite line from Lisa’s presentation was when she said, “If you’re trying to be all things to all people, you’ll end up being nothing to everyone.” It’s so true and definitely something I find myself struggling with balancing in my own life. But a powerful and succinct personal brand can help you make choices that keep you from trying to be all things to all people.
Next we heard from Micki Byrnes, President & General Manager of WKYC Channel 3 Cleveland, who spoke on “Critical and uncomfortable conversations: how to negotiate and broach tough topics.” Micki’s blend of humor, honesty, and awareness of how the workplace has evolved for women was really refreshing! Her empowering message of, “You go in and get what you want. Own it. You’re good at what you do.” definitely got the audience fired up!
Amy Shannon, President of Pinnacle Leadership Solutions, gave a hands-on, interactive talk on “Voicing your wants and needs: Learn how to sell yourself, speak up and ask for what you need.”
An important part of voicing your wants and needs is using more assertive and direct vocabulary and removing hedges, apologies, and disclaimers. We all got to practice this skill with our tablemates and it’s harder than you would think, but Amy gave us good tips to make these language changes a lasting habit.
Teresa Metcalf Beasley, a Partner at Calfee, Halter & Griswold talked about what was my most anticipated topic: “There’s only 24 hours in a day: How to prioritize your personal, civic, and professional responsibilities.” Teresa spoke about her many responsibilities at work, at home, and in the community and gave helpful tips on how to balance them, including the permission to walk away (gracefully) from opportunities that are no longer serving you.
Kirsten Ellenbogen, President & CEO of the Great Lakes Science Center, spoke about “Decide like no one is watching: How to effectively make decisions to navigate your career and personal life.” Kirsten, like many of the speakers, addressed the importance of understanding not only your own decision-making style, but the styles of those around you, in order to communicate effectively and reach meaningful consensus.
Finally, Kim Manigault, EVP and Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer at KeyBank talked on another topic I was very excited to hear: “Finding your tribe: How to find your people to help you thrive and grow.” Similar to Lisa’s message, Kim discussed trying to be everything to everyone, saying, “We put so much pressure on ourselves to be everything to everyone and then don’t hold anyone accountable to be anything for us.”
Kim stressed the importance of being open to everyone, but also willing to prioritize those relationships with people who not only you respect, but respect you in return. And as you can probably tell from the picture, Kim was quite engaging in her presentation!
It was truly a great afternoon of learning from women who have come so far in their careers and are engaged and invested in the Cleveland community. It was also a great chance to meet other young professionals looking to be the “next generation of women” influencing Cleveland.
Engage Cleveland puts on events throughout the year and their signature Cleveland Young Professionals Week, with over 30 events in one week, is happening June 23-30, with everything from fitness to learning to networking to community service. If you want to get engaged in Cleveland, check it out!
***Disclosure: I was asked to be a media partner for the Next Generation of Women Event. In exchange, I received a complimentary ticket to the event. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***
As Cleveland becomes a hub of young professionals, there are more and more organizations popping up to get YP’s out and about, involved and volunteering and networking.
Engage! Cleveland has established itself as a great resource for young professionals in Cleveland, connecting them with not only volunteer and civic groups, but career advancement and development programs, too.
Next Generation of Women, presented by The Sherwin-Williams Company, is one of these development programs put on by Engage! Cleveland. This forum is crafted to women in their 20’s and 30’s who are navigating career and personal life with real, helpful advice from notable women across a variety of professions.
Speakers for Next Generation of Women include:
Lisa Zone, Managing Director, Dix & Eaton – What do you want to be known for?: How to create your personal brand and sell yourself
Micki Byrnes, President & General Manager, WKYC, Cleveland – Critical and uncomfortable conversations: How to negotiate and broach tough topics
Teresa Metcalf Beasley, Partner, Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP – There’s only 24 hours in a day: How to prioritize your personal, civic and professional responsibilities
Amy Shannon, President, Pinnacle Leadership Solutions LLC – Voicing your wants and needs: Learn how to sell yourself, speak up and ask for what you need
Kirsten Ellenbogen, President & CEO, Great Lakes Science Center – Decide like no one is watching: How to effectively make decisions to navigate your career and personal life
Kim Jenkins Manigault, EVP – Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, KeyBank – Finding your tribe: How to find your people to help you thrive and grow
The event takes place on Thursday, April 19 from 11:30am – 5pm at First Energy Stadium. Tickets are $75 and can be purchased online.
I’m proud to be a media partner for this event that will offer a great chance to learn from and ask questions of successful women in the Cleveland area, as well as connect young professionals facing the same opportunities and challenges. I hope to see you there!
***Disclosure: I was asked by Engage Cleveland to help promote Next Generation of Women. In exchange, I will receive one complimentary ticket to the event. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***
When I started working from home, I was excited to have more freedom and more time with Jeffrey. I was also nervous and could feel really isolated sometimes. Which is why, even though I’m mostly past feeling that way, the concept of LaunchHouse really resonated with me.
LaunchHouse is a community of shared workspace, where entrepreneurs, freelancers, consultants, and more come for not only a place to work, but also a way to share ideas and encouragement and resources.
LaunchHouse not only provides communal office space, but also access to copying, conference rooms, WiFi, mail services, coffee and snacks, Lunch and Learns, happy hours, and more.
LaunchHouse was founded by Todd Goldstein, with the idea that if we could create an open space for people who don’t fit neatly into a corporate box to do their work, learn from each other, and be part of a community. By allowing their creativity a space to flourish, LaunchHouse not only launches new businesses, but also keeps those businesses in Cleveland.
I spent a morning chatting with the folks at LaunchHouse and getting some work done too and I have to say that I was instantly hooked on the relaxed, communal vibe and could sense how quickly you could gain inspiration and be super productive in that environment.
Plus, LaunchHouse is dog-friendly and how could you not want to hang out with Tori…
LaunchHouse has various membership options:
Day pass for $15
Community membership for $30 per month (invitations to events, plus one day pass per month)
Flex membership for $200 per month (unlimited communal office space, invitations to events, mail service, etc.)
It was a busy weekend in the CLE! To balance out a packed schedule on Saturday and Sunday, we stayed in on Friday evening. I tried out a new recipe: chipotle chicken stuffed brown sugar acorn squash.
If that sounds like there was a lot going on, there was, but it was so good! Definitely an interesting and spicy twist on baked chicken and squash!
On Saturday, we had Matthew’s company holiday party. I like that they schedule the party in January, when some of the busy-ness has died down. This year’s soiree was held at The Arcade, which made the perfect twinkly venue for a belated holiday celebration.
From a buffet of tasty food to a DJ to a chance to win some great raffle prizes, the company put on a really nice evening. I always enjoy the chance to put faces with names that I hear from Matthew, too! We had a lovely time in certainly one of Cleveland’s loveliest venues!
On Sunday, we met up with friends Robin and Aaron for dinner and a show at Playhouse Square. We started with dinner at Cowell & Hubbard. While there are a plethora of options near Playhouse Square, Cowell & Hubbard is one of my favorites!
Through January 31, all of Zack Bruell’s restaurants are offering Restaurant Week, featuring 3-course, $33 meals (you can also add wine pairings for an additional $15). While you can still order from the regular menu, the Restaurant Week menu provides a cost-effective way to try appetizer, entrée, and dessert.
Matthew ordered from the Restaurant Week menu and selected the Mediterranean salad, the pasta du jour (with an anise cream sauce and roasted vegetables), and the chocolate pot de crème.
That’s a lot of bang for 33 bucks! I ordered from the full menu, because Cowell & Hubbard has duck paprikash and OMG, I needed that in my life.
The duck was smoky and tender, the olive spaetzle added a nice saltiness, and the sauce was light and flavorful. What a delicious dish!
And of course I can’t pass up dessert. The chocolate hazelnut torte was a decadent treat!
Robin and Aaron enjoyed a burger and pizza, respectively. Cowell & Hubbard offers a wide range of menu options, so that everyone can find the perfect pre-theater meal.
From there, it was off to see “Into the Woods.” The Fiasco Theater Company presented a stripped-down, almost improv style version of this Sondheim classic musical.
I was impressed with the talent, humor, and wide range of abilities of the actors, who not only played multiple characters, but all the instruments in the show as well.
“Into the Woods” runs through Sunday, January 29 at the Connor Palace Theatre at Playhouse Square and tickets are still available. For a unique look at fairy tales (and Sondheim, for that matter), check it out!
So, that was our weekend. Lots of time in downtown CLE, which I always love! How was yours?
***A bit of blogkeeping: Congratulations to Gauri (Comment #1), randomly-selected winner of 2 general admission tickets to the Marc’s Great American Rib Cook-Off and Music Festival. Please check your email and respond by the end of the day or a new winner will be chosen.***
As we head toward summer, there are a ton of great upcoming events to take advantage of around the Cleveland area.
Red, White & BBQ Rib Fest
Saturday, May 18 at 12pm
Erie Street in Downtown Willoughby
Downtown Willoughby presents the second annual Red, White & BBQ Rib Fest. From noon to 8pm, Erie Street will be turned into a pedestrian mall lined with restaurants serving up tasty BBQ and libations. Willoughby Brewing Co., Lure Bistro, Olivor Twist and many other Downtown Willoughby favorites will be participating. There will also be two stages with live music from eight different local bands and artists. Red, White & BBQ falls on Armed Forces Day and will be honoring our nation’s heroes by asking all attendees to donate $1 to the USO of Northern Ohio.
Recruit Cleveland Alumni-Only Career Expo
Thursday, May 23 at 11am
Veale Center at Case Western Reserve University
If you’re an alumni from John Carroll University, Cleveland State University, Case Western Reserve University, or a host of other local schools (see the graphic above), you are invited to attend a career fair with job opportunities from over 75 local employers, including the Cleveland Clinic, PR Newswire, Huntington Bank, and more. Admission is $10 for VIP early access and featured resume placement or free for all other alumni. Space is limited! For more details and to register, click here.
Woof, Wag and Wine
Saturday, June 1 at 1pm
Grand River Cellars
An event that combines pups and wine? Be still my heart! Bring your pup along for a tour of Grand River Cellars, a wine tasting, live music, auctions, and more. Admission is $15 and includes your wine tasting. Proceeds benefit the Lake Humane Society. Click here for more information.
13thAnnual Race for the Place
Sunday, June 2 at 8am
Get out, get moving, and raise money for The Gathering Place, a community-based cancer-support center. There is a 5K chip-timed race or a one-mile fun walk, as well as family activities in the Celebration Village. Join honorary cancer survivor chair Jim Donovan, University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center, and The Gathering Place for this great event. Registration ranges from $10-30 depending on age and event. Click here for more information and to register.
15thAnnual Farm to Table Benefit
Cleveland Botanical Garden
Monday, June 3 at 5:30pm
Join 20 Cleveland chefs, from restaurants such as Spice Kitchen and Bar, Crop Bistro, and The Greenhouse Tavern, for a strawberry-inspired farm-to-table tasting event. At 5:30, there will be a panel discussion on “Berry Benefits,” then from 6:30-9, let your tastebuds explore the different tasting stations and enjoy live music on the Garden’s Geis Terrace. Tickets are $100 ($85 for Garden members) and proceeds benefit Green Corps and the North Union Farmers Market. For more information and to purcase tickets, click here.
10thAnnual DePiero Family Charity 5K Run and 2K Walk
Saturday, June 8 at 8:30am
Join former Parma Mayor Dean DePiero for a 5K race or 2K walk, along with refreshments and raffles, to benefit the Cleveland Courage Fund, recently established to raise money for Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus, and Michelle Knight. Registration is $20 and the first 300 registrants receive a t-shirt. Click here for more information and to register.
Piggy Stardust & the Flavors from Mars
Wednesday, June 19 at 6:30pm
The Beachland Ballroom
Emerging Chefs, Chef Brian Doyle, and Chef Brian Rosander have teamed up to create a rock ‘n roll glam foodie event. A multi-course dinner, cocktail pairings, and live music from Vanity Crash, along with the cool surroundings of the The Beachland Ballroom will make for an evening not to be missed. Tickets are $75 and can be purchased by clicking here.
Farm to Table Garlic Dinner
Saturday, June 22 at 5pm
Thaxton Garlic Farm
Join Thaxton’s Organic Garlic and Hudson’s Restaurant for a delicious farm-to-table dinner experience showcasing vendors from the Hudson Farmers Market. The dinner will include a cocktail hour, tour of the garlic farm and neighboring alpaca farm, and a five-course dinner with wine pairings. Tickets are $125 and proceeds benefit the Hudson Farmers Market. Click here to purchase tickets.
What upcoming events are you looking forward to?
***Disclosures: I am the VP of Special Initiatives for the John Carroll University Cleveland Alumni Chapter. Also, I was invited by Emerging Chefs to attend Piggy Stardust with a complimentary media pass, but declined due to scheduling conflicts. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***
***A bit of blogkeeping: Congratulations to Smitten in Cleveland (Comment #15), winner of 2 tickets to Market at the Foodbank! Please check your email and reply by the end of the day or a new winner will be chosen. If you didn’t win, you can still purchase tickets by clicking here.***
Back in July, when last we talked about this career journey (odyssey?) I’ve been on, I thought I was wrapping up a contract job in my chosen field. Turns out, I was lucky enough to be kept on for two additional project contracts, taking me all the way up to last week. This was great in terms of having steady income and a place to go every day. It was also great because, even if it wasn’t the perfect job, being able to work in the field I studied to work in was fulfilling in and of itself.
Slight digression: I know I don’t share what exactly I do or where I work here. We all draw lines of what we will and will not share. I’ve tried to keep my work life and my “blog” life basically separate. I’ll talk about work in generalities, but not specifics. It’s just what works for me and is by no means a perfect science, either. And it does not mean I’m a secret agent. Or does it?
Anyway, I was working on this contract, but still hoping for more: more stability, certainly, but also more challenge. I knew what I wanted to do and I knew what I was capable of, I just needed someone to give me the chance to do it. And then it came: an interview I walked out of simultaneously confident that I did a great job and nervous because I was pretty sure I had found what I was looking for with this company.
Right before we left on our trip to Cancun, I received an offer from the company which it took me about 5 seconds to accept. Yesterday was my first day. New jobs feel like the first day of school: who am I going to sit with, will anyone like me? It was a great first day. This position is immediately challenging, but also has a lot of room for growth and new challenges in the future.
It wasn’t an easy journey, particularly because setting off on this odyssey to figure out what I wanted out of my career was self-inflicted. That’s not to say it wasn’t valuable, but to simply tie it up with a neat little bow and call it done is to ignore all the things I’ve learned about myself, what I value, what I’m worth, and what I want. And it would also ignore the people who have whole-heartedly both pushed me and supported me along the way.
With only one day under my belt, I’m not going to say I’m where I want to be, but I can say that I’m on the path there.
***A bit of blogkeeping: Today is the last day to enter my giveaway to win 2 tickets to Market at the Foodbank. Check it out! Remember, you can tweet daily for more entries!***
It was a wonderful weekend of friends and family celebrations! On Friday morning, I went to a butt-kicking vinyasa flow at Nishkama Yoga. I don’t get to practice at Nishkama as much as I would like, so I was happy to take advantage of one of my days off before I start my new job to get to class there (more on the new job tomorrow).
I spent the rest of the day on Friday learning how to make nut roll and poppyseed roll with Mom. This is a traditional Eastern European holiday dessert and I’m all about tradition at the holidays.
For my first try, I was pretty happy with the results and, from the way they were gobbled up, everyone else was, too!
Friday evening, Matthew and I met up with the usual suspects to fete our lovely friend Kimberly for her birthday. We started with the ridiculously well-priced Friday wine tasting at Wine and Design. Two delicious wines for $5? Yes, please!
Then it was off to dinner at Dante. Matthew and I decided to share a little bit of a lot of things on the menu. I love Dante’s options of tasting or appetizer-sized portions, which gives you a chance to taste even more dishes.
We thoroughly enjoyed everything we ordered: the wild mushroom and baked brie tartlet, the Hawaiian tuna tartare, the “chunky” soup with lobster, potato, and leeks, the green spaghetti, the three-cheese polenta, and the black squid ink risotto.
Since Kimberly and Chris are Dante regulars, Chef Boccuzzi treated us to quite the dessert spread on the house. I was so blissed out, I don’t remember the exact names of most of the dishes, but there was a chocolate and orange meringue, baklava with pistachio and cherries and cardamom ice cream, a chocolate banana crepe, and a heavenly s’mores-like sundae.
It was a fabulous evening befitting a fabulous friend! Kimberly is truly one of the sweetest, most caring, funniest people I know and I am so blessed to have her in my life! I hope this year is her best yet!
Saturday morning brought more yoga, this time at Harmony Yoga. Then, it was into holiday prep mode. I hosted my parents, grandfather, and Matthew’s father for a traditional Holy Saturday dinner of kielbasi and sauerkraut.
***A bit of blogkeeping: While I’m off on my honeymoon, I’ve lined up some fabulous Cleveland bloggers to give new Why CLE? perspectives. Today we have Amanda from Clue Into Cleveland, telling us about a great organization reaching out to Cleveland newcomers and boomerangs. Thanks, Amanda!***
The first time I met Jen at an Ohio Blogging meetup, I knew I had found a kindred spirit that would become a good friend beyond just the blog.
I moved to Cleveland five years ago from Philadelphia. And similar to WhyCLE, I started Clue Into Cleveland a couple years back to share the reasons I chose to move here (or, in Jen’s case, move back).
I’ve always enjoyed sharing a passion for Cleveland with Jen. And I was excited when the new Mrs. CLEguy asked me to guest post while Matthew and her are off celebrating their marriage.
While there are no shortage of Cleveland-centric topics to guest post about, I figured I’d share about an organization important to both of us: Global Cleveland and the work they’re doing for newcomers and boomerangs.
Global Cleveland launched last May with a goal of attracting newcomers – both domestic and international – so they ultimately can promote the growth of up-and-coming industries and foster a well-rooted community that is welcoming to all.
To complement other Northeast Ohio development initiatives, Global Cleveland provides a point of contact for newcomers – both virtually and in person at their Public Square Welcome Hub – that helps them connect with organizations and individuals in Greater Cleveland.
Their programs focus on 5 target groups – job seekers, employers, immigrants, boomerangs, and volunteers:
For those seeking employment (and conversely those looking for talent), Global Cleveland works to connect and build relationships through their Employer Toolkit and links to workshops, employment fairs and other career search resources.
Global Cleveland’s development of skilled immigrant talent kicked off with a pilot program focused on healthcare. The free course which graduated 19 students in March helped healthcare professionals from other countries improve their English and learn about the U.S. healthcare system.
For boomerangs like Jen, Global Cleveland has established an e-newsletter, networking and local ambassadors to assist in reconnecting with employment and social opportunities in the CLE. Check out their twitter handle @HometoCLE for boomerang-centric conversations.
And just because you already live in Cleveland doesn’t mean you can’t get involved with Global Cleveland. From career mentors and local ambassadors to translators and “English conversation buddies,” there are plenty of volunteer opportunities available.
Last week, Smitten…in Cleveland joined me at Global Cleveland’s most recent event Tap Into Ohio City. Hosted at the Market Garden Brewery, the happy hour invited newcomers and boomerangs to explore Ohio City, enjoy drink specials and snacks at one of the neighborhood’s many restaurants, and network with other people new to town.
Even though Kimberly and I may no longer qualify as “newcomers,” as non-Cleveland-natives we joined in on the festivities, reconnected with boomerangs like @TracyMoavero and @KaseyCrabtree and enjoyed a few tasty beverages (I highly recommend the Market Garden’s beer cocktail The Avenger).
Global Cleveland also provided information about other Ohio City businesses and copies of my favorite guidebook New to Cleveland for sale. And although Jen couldn’t be there, she was in spirit as guests were invited to share their Why CLE? reasons.
Like any city, Cleveland will always have room for growth and needs to continue developing its resources and talent. Just one year in, Global Cleveland has already made significant steps in creating a more vibrant Cleveland — giving us another answer to “Why CLE?”