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Commission on Economic Inclusion

The Commission on Economic Inclusion, a program of the Greater Cleveland Partnership, is focused on creating positive, measurable outcomes leading to:
  • Increases in board, senior management, workforce and supplier diversity among the more than 100 Northeast Ohio employers who are members of the Commission;

  • Increases in the total revenue, value, size, and number of employees for minority-owned businesses in our region and throughout the State of Ohio. Read more about the Commission’s member benefits and minority business resources.

Our members - Join us!

Click here for the list of the more than 100 Northeast Ohio employers that belong to the Commission on Economic Inclusion. To learn more about Commission membership, please email Deputy Executive Director Deborah Bridwell or call 216.592.2213.

What's new at the Commission?

Learn more about our work from the most recent issue of The Commission Connection, our monthly publication featuring diversity and inclusion news and events from the Northeast Ohio employer community.

National focus on Cleveland’s diversity progress: DiversityInc special section highlights Commission members

DiversityInc magazine’s Winter 2014-2015 issue includes a special section, “Diversity and Inclusion Keep Cleveland Competitive.” Commission on Economic Inclusion members featured include:
  • Case Western Reserve University
  • Cleveland Clinic
  • Cuyahoga Community College
  • Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland
  • Greater Cleveland Partnership
  • KeyBank
  • The MetroHealth System
  • Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District
  • University Hospitals
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Message from the Co-chairs: Next steps for significant inclusion progress

The Commission’s first Members Leadership event was a great success. More than 170 CEOs and senior executives from 62 Commission-member organizations heard great conversations among the leaders of organizations that are already capitalizing on the business value of inclusion and diversity.  

These leaders shared their best practices and counsel related to talent management, supplier diversity and successful organizational change.  Event evaluations were very positive and 97 percent of the organizations said “yes” in response to: “Is your organization committed to making significant progress on your selected focus area by this time next year?”  

So what comes next? Here are the four steps that participants were asked to identify:

1. Identify your focus area.
2. What is your primary business rationale for increasing diversity and inclusion in this area?
3. What is the first/next step to take immediately?
4. How can the Commission assist?

Click this link to download planning materials from the session.

In addition to encouraging you to complete this planning within your own organization, we want to highlight one of the Commission tools that may be of particular value to you, our new best practices repository.

The purpose of this repository is to provide a central resource for Commission members' reference as they implement their organizations' diversity and inclusion strategy. The repository is organized into six sections: strategy essentials; leadership diversity; supplier diversity; workforce diversity; metrics and measures; and tools.  Any employee of a Commission member organization is eligible to access the site.   

The ball is in your court.  We welcome your thoughts on how the Commission can continue to support our members’ efforts in this arena.  We wish you success and progress on your initiatives.

Commission Co-chairs

Eddie Taylor                Daniel Walsh
President                    CEO
Taylor Oswald             Citymark Capital

Other stories...

  • Members Leadership Day wrap-up: Executives share successful diversity and inclusion business strategies
  • Commission leadership news: Welcome to our new Board members; Advisory Board member launches magazine
  • News from our members: Kent State VP elected to national diversity board; Thompson Hine partners honored as “best of the best”
  • Focus on Cleveland’s inclusion progress: DiversityInc section highlights Commission members
  • Construction Diversity & Inclusion update: Historic agreement signed and more
  • Diversity trumps ability: Hire for diverse skill sets
  • COSE/SBA Matchmaker event: One-on-one sessions designed to build connections

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