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January 5, 2023

Engage! Cleveland offers the opportunity to grab lunch with the city’s top leaders



CLEVELAND, OH — FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — January 5, 2023–  Engage! Cleveland will host its 11th Lunch with Leaders event presented by Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University on February 7, 2023, at The City Club of Cleveland. This event gives local young and emerging professionals the unique opportunity to have a conversation over lunch with a diverse group of C-level executives, presidents, executive directors, and other successful leaders from a variety of industries in Greater Cleveland. 


“Engage! Cleveland is excited to be hosting Lunch with Leaders in its eleventh iteration,” said Ashley Basile Oeken, President of Engage! Cleveland. “With 22 exceptional Greater Cleveland executives, we are thrilled to bring together an elite group of leaders to share advice on how they got to the position they are in today with our area’s up-and-coming business and community leaders.”


Lunch with Leaders will run from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., allowing up and coming professionals to chat with four leaders in a small group setting.


The event features 22 accomplished executives from Greater Cleveland: 

  • Susan Austin, Chief Human Resource Officer, Vocon
  • Chris Baldwin, Chief Visionary Officer, True Digital Communications
  • Margaret Bernstein, Director of Advocacy and Community Initiatives, WKYC
  • Joe Cerny, Chief Operations Officer and Vice President of Population Health Strategies, YMCA Cleveland
  • Sarah Crupi, Executive Director, Cleveland Zoological Society
  • Celina Cunanan, Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer, University Hospitals 
  • Jessica Daugherty, Chief Executive Officer, Cleveland Clinic Rehabilitation Hospital Beachwood
  • Lisa Codispoti, Chief Operating and People Officer, Cleveland Museum of Art
  • John W. Hawkins, Vice President, Operations, FirstEnergy
  • Keith Hotchkiss, President, Cleveland Metro, iHeart Media
  • Stefany Larkins, Executive Vice President, Chief Revenue Officer, Medical Mutual 
  • Steve Laserson, Chief Executive Officer, Vitamix
  • Andrew Medvedev, Professor and Co-Dean, Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University
  • Nwaka Onwusa, President of Curatorial Affairs & Chief Curator, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
  • Denise Polverine, President & Publisher, Cleveland Magazine 
  • Jim Porter, President, Pro Football Hall of Fame
  • Kelly Ricker, Chief Product Officer, American Greetings
  • Baiju Shah, President & Chief Executive Officer, Greater Cleveland Partnership 
  • Kelsey Smith, Owner, Kelsey Elizabeth Cakes
  • Rick Stockburger, President and Chief Executive Officer, BRITE Energy Innovators
  • Scott Wirtanen, Vice President, Director of Consumer Direct Lending, Quillo


Those who are interested in participating can register by visiting:


The 11th Lunch with Leaders is sponsored by Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University, Oatey,  Huntington National Bank, and National Interstate Insurance.


Registration costs $40 for general admittance and $32 for Engage! Cleveland Employer Members. 


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