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Cleveland and the World: The Multi-Sector Benefits of International Engagement and Inclusion

Centennial Civic Forum


Ambassador Gina Abercrombie-Winstanley, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer for the Department of State

Opening Remarks by Mayor Justin Bibb

Closing Remarks by Cuyahoga County Executive Chris Ronayne

June 08, 2023

Event begins at 12:30 PM Registration, 1:00 PM Opening Remarks

The results of the 2021 Global Cities Report by A.T. Kearney, a global consulting firm, showed that the cities with the greatest global connectivity were best positioned for post-pandemic recovery because their international character and connections increased their resiliency and helped these cities rebuild and adapt to a changed environment.

This forum’s purpose is to deepen our shared understanding of how being a globally connected city benefits Cleveland across sectors, and to discuss opportunities to strengthen our international engagement. CCWA will develop an “outcome document” containing key takeaways from the collective wisdom.

The event will include opening remarks, civic sector breakout sessions, community discussion and a keynote address.

Civic sector breakout sessions will include a moderated panel discussion with sector leaders and community members in the following areas:

Arts & Culture, with Marcie Goodman, Executive Director, Cleveland International Film Festival; William Griswold, Director and President, Cleveland Museum of Art; Jeremy Johnson, President and CEO, Assembly for the Arts; Tony F. Sias, President and CEO, Karamu House; Sarah Spinner Liska, Managing Director, FRONT International; moderated by Jill Paulsen, Executive Director, Cuyahoga Arts & Culture

Business & Infrastructure Assets, with Joe Cimperman, President, Global Cleveland; William Friedman, President and CEO, Port of Cleveland; Dennis Kramer, Airport Director, Hopkins International Airport; Mindy McLaughlin, Managing Director, Global Business Development, Team NEO; Baiju Shah, President and CEO, Greater Cleveland Partnership; moderated by Bethia Burke, President, Fund for Our Economic Future

Human Capital, with Ashley Basile Oeken, President, Engage! Cleveland; Dr. Michael Baston, President, Cuyahoga Community College; Eric Gordon, CEO, Cleveland Metropolitan School District; Anelize Nader, Deputy Director, Refugee Response; moderated by Victor Ruiz, Executive Director, Esperanza

Wellbeing & Environment, with Rich Cochran, President and CEO, Western Reserve Land Conservancy; Dr. James Misak, Medical Director, MetroHeath Institute for H.O.P.E.; Joyce Pan Huang, Director of Planning, City of Cleveland; Brian Zimmerman, CEO, Cleveland Metroparks; moderated by Grant Goodrich, Executive Director, Great Lakes Energy Institute, CWRU

This event is free and open to all in the greater Cleveland community.

Online Pre-Registration is now closed. Walk-in Registration will begin at 12:30pm on Thursday, June 8 at the Marriott Key Tower.




This event is free and open to the public.
Online Pre-Registration is now closed.
Walk-in Registration will begin at 12:30pm on Thursday, June 8 at the Marriott Key Tower.



Marriott Key Tower

1360 W Mall Dr, Cleveland, OH 44114

Self-Parking is available in the Memorial Plaza Garage located at 300 St. Clair Ave. NE, Cleveland, OH 44114. This garage connects to the Marriott Key Tower. Hourly rates up to $17.00 daily.
Valet Parking is accessed via the Hotel Driveway located on 1360 West Mall Drive, Cleveland, OH 44114.


Contribute to Global Connections


For a century, the CCWA has brought diverse perspectives on issues of international import to Cleveland. Much of our programming is made possible by the the support of our members and the generosity of our donors. Will you help us continue to create global connections?