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February 21, 2024

Engage! Cleveland hosted the 13th iteration of their hallmark networking event to kick off 2024



CLEVELAND, OH — FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — February 21, 2024–  Engage! Cleveland hosted its 13th Lunch with Leaders event presented by Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University on February 7, 2024, at Stillwater Place, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. This event provided the unique opportunity for Cleveland’s emerging professionals to have a series of impactful conversations over lunch with a diverse group of C-level executives, presidents, executive directors, and trailblazing community leaders from the Greater Cleveland Area. 


Engage! Cleveland’s 13th Lunch with Leaders event drew an audience from over 92 Cleveland companies and organizations eager to sit down to learn, network and connect with the following accomplished leaders:


  • Kristen Baird Adams, Chief of Staff, PNC
  • Ryan Anderson, Founding Partner, Anderson|Biro Staffing
  • Hannah Belsito, Chief Experience Officer, Destination Cleveland
  • Patrice Blakemore, Senior Vice President of Equity & Inclusion, Greater Cleveland Partnership
  • Scott Chapin, President, Marcus Thomas LLC
  • Amanda Cole, Executive Director, Plexus LGBT and Allied Chamber of Commerce
  • Jenice Contreras, Chief Executive Officer, The Northeast Ohio Hispanic Center for Economic Development
  • Chrishawna Cunningham, Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, Union Home Mortgage
  • Arianna Ehmer, Chief Operating Officer, CBIZ
  • Allison Grealis, President & Founder, Women in Manufacturing
  • David Hertz, Chief of Staff, Oberlin College
  • Domonic Hopson, President & Chief Executive Officer, Neighborhood Family Practice
  • John Lang, Chief Operating Officer, Cleveland Public Library
  • Maria Stutsman Y Marquez, Associate Dean of Enrollment & Recruitment, Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University
  • Douglas McWilliams, Environmental Partner, Squire Patton Boggs
  • Lila Mills, Editor-in-Chief, Signal Cleveland
  • Chuck Mullen, Chairman, Apple Growth Partners
  • Ashley Shaw, Executive Director, MidTown Cleveland, Inc
  • Michelle Tomallo, Chief People Officer, FIT Technologies


The 13th Lunch with Leaders was proudly sponsored by Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University, Greater Cleveland Partnership, Oatey Co., CBIZ, National Interstate Insurance, Apple Growth Partners and KJK.


Engage! Cleveland will hold its second Lunch with Leaders event this summer during their 11th Annual Young Professionals Week: a dynamic week of events that showcase local Cleveland businesses, nonprofits, places, activities and people with the hope young professionals fall in love with their city and want to stay here.


To learn more about Engage! Cleveland, new programs, jobs, and civic opportunities for emerging professionals in Cleveland, please visit and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, TikTok and Twitter.


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About Engage! Cleveland


Engage! Cleveland is a community engagement organization for young and emerging professionals and business/community leaders who are passionate about making Cleveland a lasting home for the next generation. Our mission is to attract, engage, and retain emerging, diverse talent to Greater Cleveland. You can learn more at


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