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LeadDIVERSITY transfers an individual from a spectator to a participant in the important topics of diversity and inclusion. The program effectively provides awareness that subsequently instills understanding and ignites passion.
-Frank Ritzert, NASA Glenn Research Center (Class of 2010)
By attending the LeadDIVERSITY program, I’ve gained a greater awareness of my own attitudes and perceptions relating to diversity. LeadDIVERSITY has also given me the unique opportunity to learn firsthand from a very diverse group of classmates, some of their cultural history. This has also served as a reminder to appreciate, respect and contemplate the passion that we each exhibit relating to our stories of struggle and triumph.
-Kimberly Davis, NASA Glenn Research Center (Class of 2009)
I went into the LeadDIVERSITY program thinking I would learn better ways to encourage others to acknowledge the value of a diverse community. And while I do believe I found that, I got so much more out of it. I got the opportunity to meet a very diverse cross-section of our community – and that alone was worth the price of admission. I came away wanting to make a bigger statement, wanting to do more for the community, and wanting to keep in touch with my new friends.
-Peggy Mikes, Huntington Bank (Class of 2005)
LeadDIVERSITY provided a foundation of leadership and an understanding of diversity that created positive change in my approach and style in the organization where I work and on the boards where I serve. I gained valuable tools to effectively implement, drive, and manage organizational change.
-Adam Roth, Streamlink Software (Class of 2002)
LeadDIVERSITY provided me with the opportunity to look inside myself and ask the question, “What does diversity mean to me?” Through this program, I realized that I can make a difference in the workplace, educate others on the true meaning of diversity, and help others accept the difference in each of us.
-Sara Lehrke, Cleveland Indians (Class of 2007)
Through a program aimed at discussing, reflecting upon, and challenging notions of diversity, LeadDIVERSITY helps individuals of all academic, cultural, and economic backgrounds expand their own understandings of diversity and in turn improve their methods of leading others to make similar breakthroughs.
-Jeff Malbasa, Spero-Smith Investment Advisors (Class of 2005)
The LeadDIVERSITY program was inspirational and eye-opening. Not only was it a great networking experience with other young Cleveland business leaders, but it focused on and brought to light significant business issues that will positively affect my thinking and leadership throughout the remainder of my career. With my whole career ahead of me, I will use what I have learned in LeadDIVERSITY throughout the future of my career to inspire positive change in my organization and always facilitate a culture of inclusion and understanding.
-Tania Younkin, Energizer (Class of 2006)
LeadDIVERSITY provided me with the opportunity to explore many facts of diversity through differing perspectives. The composition of our class was ideal to discuss and share our personal and professional experiences. What an enjoyable journey that I will cherish for many years to come!
-Tracey Jenkins, Eaton Corporation (Class of 2005)