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State of the Young Professional Community

September 14, 2018 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM

State of the Young Professional Community: Transitioning from Millennials to Gen Z

Presenting Sponsor: Cleveland Electric Illuminating Company FirstEnergy

Cost: $50 per person; $350 per table of 8

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Engage! Cleveland brings together our employer members and the community to report on our organization and the Cleveland young professional community. We’ll also spend the day focusing on best practices regarding young professional employees. Is your company curious about how to better market to millennials or are you eager to find more ways to engage your young professionals? This event is for you! Join other like-minded employers to network and learn the best practices from the experts here at Engage! to take back and get to work.


8:00 am: Networking & Registration

8:30 am: Opening Remarks, John Skory, President, Cleveland Electric Illuminating Company FirstEnergy

8:35 am: Update on Engage! Cleveland, Ashley Basile Oeken, President, Engage! Cleveland

8:50 am: Report on Young Professional Survey Data

9:10 am: Program 1: Companies share what has worked for them to engage Millennials and how they are preparing for Gen Z (an executive leader with a young professional staff person)

- Laura Dutt, Chief Talent Officer
- Barry Guttman, Associate, Real Estate & Environmental Practice Group
Nestlé USA Supply Chain
- Vanessa Bongiorno, Vice President of Human Resources
- Nikki Precord, Procurement Business Partner
The Sherwin-Williams Company
- Maureen “Mo” Drabik, Talent Acquisition Manager
- Harsha Bhavani, Finance Accountant

Moderator: Andrew Passen, Former Executive Vice President, Human Resources, Forest City Enterprises

10:00 am: Program 2: Young Professionals sharing their perspectives on Corporate America

Nick White, Owner, Tremont Athletic Club
- Left corporate America to start a new company
Ann Weinzimmer, Vice President & General Counsel at More Than Gourmet & Owner, Tremont Scoops
- Working full-time while maintaining a side business
Andrea Weiser, JCLE Program Director, Cleveland Hillel Foundation
- Knows Millennial space well
Kimberly Bartholomew, Surveillance Analyst I, KeyBank
- Knows Generation Z space well

Moderator: Robin Doerschuk, Director of Learning & Development, TALENTLAUNCH and President, Cleveland Society of HR Managers (CSHRM)

10:50 am: Closing Remarks, Ashley Basile Oeken, President, Engage! Cleveland

Friday 9/21
78th Street Studios Third Friday Art Walk

Saturday 9/22
The 46th Annual Yankee Peddler Festival
thru Sun Sept 23

Sunday 9/23
Ohio City Street Festival 9/23

Monday 9/24
20th Annual Taste of the Browns

Wednesday 9/26
Beer 101 with Jason Clark Belgian Beers

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