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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.

Message from the Co-chairs - Incorporating inclusion into strategy: It starts at the top!

Our message this month is a simple one and includes two opportunities to immediately apply it in your organizations. As with any other change initiative, there are many moving parts when an organization endeavors to incorporate inclusion into its business strategy.

One absolutely essential part of the endeavor is the engagement of top leadership – both board and CEO. Holding managers accountable and engaging employees at all levels are also keys to an inclusion effort, but without senior leadership attention and focus, the impact will be minimal. We know you are extremely busy people in very demanding positions, so how do successful leaders make this happen?

To support you, the leaders of our Commission members, we offer two resources:

Best practice research: From our best practices repository, here are three articles related to building and utilizing a diverse board. We recommend that you share these with your board’s executive committee, along with your most recent annual Commission diversity and inclusion scorecard, as planning references.

  • Missing Pieces: Women and Minorities on Fortune 500 Boards (2012 Alliance for Board Diversity Census
  • Board Diversity: Your Biggest Challenge
  • The Board’s Role in Developing a Diverse Leadership Team

Commission Hall of Fame CEO event: We invite you to attend our upcoming Commission Member Leadership Day on Friday, December 5, 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Corporate College East and to bring up to three of your executives with you. This event offers:

The opportunity for you and your team to hear from CEOs of Commission Hall of Fame organizations on the keys to their success and work sessions for your team on incorporating diversity and inclusion into your business planning process.

Our purpose is to share best practices and to provide a hands-on session in which leadership teams can deliberate on effective ways in which diversity and inclusion initiatives can directly support your organization goals.

Together, we as a corporate community can maximize the business value of inclusion, for our organizations and our region. We welcome the opportunity to share in this success.

Commission Co-chairs

Eddie Taylor             Daniel Walsh
President                  President, Greater Cleveland Region
Taylor Oswald           Huntington National Bank

Other stories...

  • Advisory Board update: Commission co-chair appointed to GCP Executive Committee
  • John Carroll University joins the Commission: Chief diversity officer appointed
  • Hands-on session for senior leadership: Hall of Fame CEOs to discuss keys to diversity & inclusion success
  • MBDA news: Cleveland team attends national training conference; Business adviser receives NFL Hispanic Heritage Leadership Award
  • Chief Procurement Officers: Healthcare cluster holds vendor event on certification
  • Commission member news: KeyCorp exceeds 2013 goal for supplier diversity spend
  • Leadership insights: The art of changing minds - Part 3
  • Construction diversity study releases findings: Job opportunities, challenges for diverse workers
  • Nominations wanted for Dr. M.L. King Jr. Community Service Awards: Submission deadline is December 5
  • Commission hires new staff member: Welcome, Khaled Fawzy

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