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January 16, 2023

Engage! Cleveland set to host 13th iteration of hallmark networking event.

Engage! Cleveland set to host 13th iteration of hallmark networking event




CLEVELAND, OH — FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — January 16, 2024–  Engage! Cleveland will host 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 provides 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 is excited to be hosting Lunch with Leaders in its thirteenth iteration,” said Ashley Basile Oeken, President of Engage! Cleveland. “With 20 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 2:00 p.m., allowing up and coming professionals to chat with multiple leaders in a small group setting.


The event features 20 accomplished leaders from Greater Cleveland: 

  • 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
  • Jeffery Patterson, Chief Executive Officer, Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority
  • Ashley Shaw, Executive Director, MidTown Cleveland, Inc
  • Michelle Tomallo, Chief People Officer, FIT Technologies


Those who are interested in participating can register by visiting:


The 13th Lunch with Leaders is sponsored by Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University, Oatey, and National Interstate Insurance.


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


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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