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Addressing the challenges of recruitment and talent development

Workforce continues to be an area of challenge for Northeast Ohio employers.

Businesses are seeking skilled workers who are reliable, have on-the-job experience and are committed to growing with the company. At the same time, college students in the region are learning that in today’s competitive market, real-world work experience is crucial to landing a job and advancing their careers.

The second annual Cleveland Internship Summit, presented by the Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP) last week at the Embassy Suites in Independence, helped further the conversation around these workforce challenges and provided best practices in recruitment and talent development.

We thank our sponsors and presenters for their support and involvement in making the event a tremendous success.

Next steps include working with employers and educational institutions represented at the summit to add additional resources to GCP Internship Central.

If you are an employer looking for assistance in growing, managing or starting an internship program or need assistance connecting with interns, please contact Angela Finding at afinding@gcpartnership.com.

For those who would like to reference information shared at the Summit, we will be adding the expert presentations and podcasts to our website in the coming weeks. See below for summit highlights.

CMSD, teachers union reach tentative contract agreement

The Cleveland Teachers Union (CTU) and the Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD) have reached a Tentative Agreement for a Collective Bargaining Agreement.

An earlier agreement, reached on August 30, 2016, was rejected by union members in September, requiring a return to the bargaining table this year to resume bargaining for a contract both sides could accept.

The GCP had urged action that would support the efforts of The Cleveland Plan to transform the delivery and expectations of education in Cleveland’s public schools.

“This tentative agreement comes at a critical time when The Cleveland Plan is beginning to reverse decades of decline and deliver measurable improvement,” said GCP President and CEO Joe Roman.

CMSD Superintendent Eric Gordon said in a statement that “throughout the bargaining process, CMSD and CTU maintained the commitment to reaching settlement that is fair to educators and good for the kids.

“I am confident that our thoughtful efforts have resulted in a fair agreement that will not erode the Cleveland Plan reforms that are vital to continuing the progress we have seen in the District.”

After members of the CTU and school board review and ratify the contract, a new deal will go into effect immediately. Full details of the tentative agreement will be released to CTU members and the School Board this week before they are shared with the public.

Once details are available, we will share an assessment of how the agreement furthers the tenants of the Cleveland Plan as supported by the GCP.

Cleveland Internship Summit highlights


GCP President and CEO Joe Roman (photo left) and Dr. Ronald Berkman (photo right), president of Cleveland State University, the Summit’s presenting sponsor, welcomed more than 200 attendees from the business and education communities. The program featured:

Keynote speaker

Julian Earls, Ph.D., former director of NASA Glenn Research Center and executive-in-residence, Cleveland State University emphasized the importance of home-grown internships to encourage students from the region to build their careers here.

He encouraged students to use their internship experiences as an opportunity to expand their education, which is "more than classroom and laboratories."  He also suggested that through internship experiences, students can discover if their career choice really fits them.

Said Earls: "You will "find out that everything in your work is not that much fun." 

"Learn from the Pros”


A panel with local employers discussed how they have engaged interns and other best practices for running a successful program. Our panelists were (left to right in photo):
  • Laura Mizer, Director of Marketing, Good Karma Brands
  • Stephen Love, Program Officer, Cleveland Foundation
  • Sygi Berman, Human Capital Acquisition Manager, The Sherwin-Williams Company
  • Terrance Richardson, Program Manager, Cleveland Clinic Louis Stokes Internship, Cleveland Clinic

“From Intern to Anchor”


The lunch plenary session featured a conversation with Sara Shookman, co-anchor, WKYC Channel 3 and GCP President Joe Roman. Sara shared her intern experiences and how they helped launch her career in broadcast journalism.

The program also included breakout sessions for employers:

"The School/Business Partnership: Explaining the Value of All Experiential Learning Opportunities"


Our panelists (left to right in photo) discussed how educators and businesses are teaming up to create partnerships that provide students with real-world experience.
  • Katrina Myers, Director, Academies of Cleveland, Cleveland Metropolitan School District, moderator
  • Stacy Johnson, Manager, External Education, The MetroHealth System
  • Michael Sheppard, Superintendent, Berea Schools
  • Jessica Colombi, Executive Director, Career Services, Cleveland State University

“The Legal Aspects of Internships: Legal Issues Employers Should Know” and "Diversity & Inclusion in Internships


James McWeeney, attorney, Walter Haverfield LLP (photo left), provided answers to legal questions about internship programs that employers need to know.

Discussion topics included “what is the legal definition of an ‘internship’ "? and “Is an intern an employee?

Gary Szelagowski, assistant vice president, talent management, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland (photo right), discussed how to ensure your internship program is diverse and how to use your internship programs as a tool for sourcing diverse talent.

"Career Readiness: Are Today’s Students Ready for the Workforce?”


Attendees at this session heard from representatives (photo left to right) of local employers who provided their perspectives on talent development, training, and correcting behaviors in their internship programs:
  • Amy McMullen, University Relations Lead, The Lincoln Electric Company
  • Peter Anagnostos, VP, Marketing, Communications and Community Outreach, MCPc
  • Ashley Rivera, Campus Recruiting Manager, Union Home Mortgage
  • Sandra McKnight, Executive Director, Access, Learning & Success, Cuyahoga Community College

For students: "Your Personal Brand and “The Intern Experience from the Intern’s Perspective”


Two sessions for students explored how to land and succeed in an internship.

Andy Halco, CEO of Insivia (photo left) , provided tips on building a positive personal brand and how to use it to get an employer's attention.

"The Intern Experience" panelists (photo left to right) shared tips and experience to help fellow students make the most out of their internship.
  • Angela Finding, Director, Education and Workforce Development, Greater Cleveland Partnership, moderator
  • Samuel Braun Development Associate, Neighborhood Family Practice
  • Khalid Ali, Program Coordinator, Neighborhood Leadership Institute
  • Allie Dumski, Ohio House of Representatives

Where to access internship resources

The Cleveland Internship Summit is one component of the Greater Cleveland Partnership’s Internship Central portfolio of resources to assist both employers and students trying to manage their internship experiences.

GCP Internship Central
was created to be a one-stop-shop” for employers and students who recognize the value of internships and other out-of-school learning experiences but need some aid navigating through the process.

Visit our blog at InternshipCentral.GCPartnership.com for more topics including:
  • Ways to acquire interns on a small business budget
  • Five legal constraints in hiring interns you need to know
  • Is it too late to hire an intern? A guide to internship season
You’ll also find information on how to start an internship program, manage internships, experiential best practices and much more.

In case you missed it: Internship Summit media coverage

Prior to the event, “The Sound of Ideas” on 90.3 WCPN featured a segment about the Greater Cleveland Partnership’s Internship Central initiative and the Internship Summit with these panelists:
  • Shana Marbury, Vice President of Strategic Initiatives, Greater Cleveland Partnership
  • Jessica Colombi, Director, Career Services, Cleveland State University
  • Samuel Braun, Development Associate, Neighborhood Family Practice
  • Nneka Maceo, Cleveland State University Graduate, Former Intern
Click to listen.

As part of ideastream’s Listening Project, summit participants were interviewed during the event.

Keynote speaker Dr. Julian Earls, retired director of the NASA Glenn and Cleveland State University executive-in-residence; Ashley Rivera campus recruiting manager, Union Home Mortgage; and Emonte Wimbush, Kent State University student discussed the importance of internships for the region seeking promote brain gain; for employers seeking to expand their talent pipeline locally and for students as a career starter.

Click to listen.

Apply now for the 2017 Best of Tech Awards

Applications are now open for the 2017 Best of Tech Awards, which will be presented on Thursday, April 27 as part of 2017 Tech Week.

The awards, which have been presented for the past 11 years, recognize successful companies, innovative products and inspirational leadership.

Here are the award categories:
  • Best Tech Services Company
  • Best Software Device/Product
  • Best Healthcare Tech Product
  • Most Promising Startup
  • Tech Team of the Year
  • Tech Company of the Year
  • Best Manufacturing Automation Product
  • Best Tech Workspace

The deadline to complete your application is Friday, March 3. Finalists will be announced on Friday March 24, and winners will be honored at the Best of Tech Awards Dinner on April 27. Click for details.

Launched by OHTec in 2011, Tech Week is an annual initiative to support, celebrate and engage the local tech community.

Sponsored by:



Emerging leaders wanted for GCP LEAD;
nomination deadline extended

We are now accepting nominations of emerging leaders from Greater Cleveland Partnership member companies for the 2017 GCP LEAD Cohort 2.

The deadline for nominations has been extended to Monday, February 27.

GCP LEAD (Link. Engage. Advocate. Develop.) was created because the GCP recognizes the importance of cultivating our region’s future business and community leaders through the work of the GCP.

The GCP LEAD group will be an exclusive cohort of emerging leaders from member companies with at least five years of professional experience and an interest in getting involved in the areas of economic development, education and workforce, advocacy, diversity and inclusion, and business and physical development.

Members of the cohort will dive into a “GCP immersion experience” by participating in our current work and partnerships. Upon successful completion of the one-year program, GCP LEAD members are encouraged to stay engaged in the organization. GCP staff will work to place them in the areas that best suit their interests and strengths.

Nomination requirements

  • At least five years of professional work experience
  • Employed by a GCP-member company
  • Have an interest in the work of the GCP

Nomination process

All candidates must be nominated by their organization’s president/CEO via an email to Angela Finding at afinding@gcpartnership.com stating their intent to nominate, the nominee’s name, title and contact information.

REMINDER: The nomination deadline is Monday, February 27. Once nominated, the candidate is required complete a GCP LEAD questionnaire (for informational purposes only).

Please click here for information on participation fees and additional details about the program.

If you have questions, contact Angela Finding at 216.592.2385 or afinding@gcpartnership.com.

Business volunteers needed for Junior Achievement
Career Success Day

Junior Achievement (JA) is seeking business professionals and community members to help high school freshmen define and refine their interpersonal and employability skills while sharing information about themselves and their career path.

During JA Career Success Day on Friday, February 24, volunteers will spend the day in the classroom using interactive lessons provided by JA to prepare students for success in tomorrow’s workplace.

There are volunteer opportunities from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at these Cleveland Metropolitan School District Academies of Cleveland High Schools: Garrett Morgan, Jane Addams,
Max S. Hayes, Martin Luther King Jr., & Washington Park.

All new volunteers will go through training to prepare for their teaching experience. The snow date is Friday, March 3; please hold both dates on your calendar.

For more information, contact Marc Malleske, JA program coordinator, at mmalleske@jacleveland.org or 216.861.8080.

Join WIRE-Net’s competency-based CNC apprenticeship Consortium

As part of WIRE-Net's initiative to develop a skilled workforce, the organization is bringing its apprenticeship model to another critical "in-demand" career in our region – CNC Machinists.

Greater Cleveland Partnership members are invited to join WIRE-Net’s next Consortium focused on using a NIMS competency-based program, which measures apprentices' progress based upon "what they know and can demonstrate" versus "how many hours logged" in their program.

You can learn more at an information session for local manufacturers that will provide an overview of the program standards/design.

Northeast Ohio Manufacturers Apprenticeship Consortium
Information Session—CNC Machinists
Wednesday, March 1, 8 to 9:30 a.m.
WIRE-Net, 4855 West 130th Street, Cleveland, OH 44135


The consortium structure will provide a powerful method to attract and develop talent that keeps pace with changing technology. The consortium structure also helps spread program costs across members to deliver greater value.

This meeting is free, but you must register in advance. If you have questions, contact Michael Hoag at 216.920.1958 or MHoag@wire-net.org.

Share the positive: Pass the Plus!

You can read positive news about Cleveland and Northeast Ohio in the monthly “Pass the Plus” e-newsletter.

In this month’s issue of “Pass the Plus,” read how NASA Glenn’s Plum Brook Station in Sandusky is serving as a key testing ground for the space agency’s latest aviation experiments and technologies. (Photo right: Wind tunnel at NASA Glenn Research Center.)

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“Pass the Plus” is a Cleveland Plus/Team NEO free monthly e-newsletter that provides informative news and information related to the many positive developments shaping Northeast Ohio.

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and Team NEO are part of the economic development system that the GCP helped to create and continues to support.