Program Goals

The Diversity Center’s LeadDIVERSITY program draws leaders from every professional sector and expands their knowledge of:

  • Their own cultural, racial, and social identity and the divergent perspectives of their classmates.
  • Theories of how to reduce prejudice, discrimination, and stereotyping and the impact of those practices.
  • The ways top corporate and civic leaders have improved their organizations by attending to diversity as a critical success factor.

Participants gain:

  • Improved skills in leadership and communication.
  • Regional best practices from the Northeast Ohio community.
  • Opportunities to gain practical experience through the Legacy Project.

Organizations Gain:

  • An increased pool of involved and educated diversity leaders.
  • Employees with an increased understanding of the connection between inclusion and organizational success.
  • Employees with enhanced organizational leadership skills and vision for the future.

Congratulations to the LeadDIVERSITY class of 2014!

Charissé Ausbrook, LifeBanc

Eral Burks, Minority Executive Search

Eric Daniel, Thompson Hine

Douglas Dykes, Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District

Tony Elliott Jr., Progressive Insurance

Dave Embry, City of Shaker Heights

Louis Ernest III, University Hospitals

Frank Foley, Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District

Carey Gibbons, Hillcrest Hospital

John Gill, Saint Ignatius High School

Carrie Green, NASA

Noelle Gwin, YMCA of Greater Cleveland

James Harris, Citizen’s Leadership Academy

Khisa Hudson, RTA

Carolyn Ivanye, Cleveland Museum of Art

Robby Key, University Hospitals

Dan Knowls, PNC

Richard Kopp, RTA

Tara Lee, Progressive Insurance

Jenneffer Marizan, Case Western Reserve University

Marques Martin, KeyBank

Torry McJunkins Tutin, City Team Realtors of Keller Williams of Greater Cleveland

Chicquita Nelson, MetroHealth

Derek Pratt, The Sherwin-Williams Company

Kim Russell, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum

Inna Shelley, Little Mendelson

Christina Summey, Progressive Insurance

Christina Thompson, Summa Health System

Toby Trocchio, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland

Drew Ullman, ESOP

Scott Walters, Eaton Corporation


Sponsoring Organizations
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2014-2015 Application

2014-2015 Brochure




Past LeadDIVERSITY Particpants

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