The City Club of Cleveland Podcast
The City Club of Cleveland Podcast
Podcast of The City Club of Cleveland's Friday Forum and other City Club events.
Clearing the Path for Successful Black Business Ownership
There\'s a prevailing narrative in America that free markets are an equal opportunity employer--that with the right amount of grit, determination and entrepreneurial spirit, anyone can make it. But how equal is the opportunity out there, really? And for those Black men and women who have made it, and now lead successful multimillion dollar enterprises, what structural and systemic obstacles did they overcome to get there?\r\n\r\nAriane Kirkpatrick built AKA Team from a small cleaning company to a successful construction management firm working as part of the group building the convention center and Eaton\'s headquarters. Today, she\'s the sole Black female owner of company licensed to grow and dispense cannabis in Ohio.\r\n\r\nIn 1993, Warren Anderson bought a company supplying product to McDonald\'s restaurants around the state. Today, Anderson-Dubose is one of the largest minority-owned businesses in the nation. Anderson\'s journey offers lessons, both for entrepreneurs and for those committed to removing structural barriers to equity.\r\n\r\nIn a conversation moderated by Michael Jeans, founding president of Growth Opportunity Partners, Kirkpatrick and Anderson will share stories from their careers and lessons for creating a more just economy.
Apr 22
1 hr
Remarks from U.S. Senator Rob Portman
The war in Ukraine has put the sum of U.S. Senator Rob Portman\'s work directly into the spotlight. As the co-chair of the Senate Ukraine Caucus, Portman has been working across the aisle to build support for the emerging democracy in Eastern Europe and led a bipartisan delegation to Ukraine in January to meet with President Zelenskyy and other Ukrainian leaders. After the war began, Portman traveled to Poland to meet with refugees fleeing Ukraine and meet with Polish leaders to thank them for opening up their country. Portman also hosted a delegation of Ukrainian members of Parliament in Washington, D.C. to meet with members of Congress so they can learn more about needed aid and support.\r\n\r\nSenator Portman will join the City Club to discuss this work, his other current priorities in the Senate, and the accomplishments of his tenure in the Senate. After ten years in office, Portman announced in January 2021 that he would not seek a third term.\r\n\r\nA Republican from Cincinnati, Portman has represented the Cincinnati area in the U.S. House and served in the executive branch as U.S. Trade Representative and the Director of the Office of Management and Budget. Portman was born and raised in Cincinnati, where he still lives today with his wife, Jane. Together they have three children: Jed, Will, and Sally.
Apr 21
1 hr
2022 State of the Great Lakes
Established in 1970, the United States Environmental Protection Agency is the leading federal agency working to protect public health, as well as maintain and restore critical watersheds like the Great Lakes. Currently executing on President Biden\'s Build Back Better agenda, the U.S. EPA is providing critical support to communities addressing long standing lead contamination in the environment and aging infrastructure. This is part of the agency's historic commitment to environmental justice. The Biden-Harris Administration has put forth a Lead Pipe and Paint Action Plan, where a host of agencies across the federal government are applying the historic resources secured under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to reduce exposure to lead pollution, with a priority on underserved communities.\r\n\r\nHome to fully 20 percent of the world\'s fresh water, the Great Lakes watershed is one of Ohio\'s greatest natural assets. Shared with eight U.S. states, two Canadian provinces, and multiple sovereign tribal nations, its health has an impact on the lives of tens of millions throughout North America. From drinking water to shipping channels, fisheries, agriculture, and food production, the Great Lakes make life possible. And, as society adapts to climate change, the watershed continues to be a source of stability and indicator of our capacity to thrive in the future.\r\n\r\nMichael Regan is the 16th Administrator of the EPA. A North Carolina native, Administrator Regan is the first Black man and second person of color to lead the EPA. He has previously worked for the state of North Carolina and the Environmental Defense Fund.
Apr 18
1 hr
Remarks from Congresswoman Shontel Brown
In November 2021, Ohio\'s 11th Congressional District underwent a special election to fill the seat previously held by Marcia Fudge, who joined the Biden Administration as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. Before redistricting, the district has been one of two majority-minority Ohio districts protected under the Voting Rights Act of 1965. It encompasses much of Cleveland, its eastern suburbs, a western portion of Akron, and about 30 cities.\r\n\r\nA Cleveland native, Congresswoman Shontel Brown founded a marketing company before her election to Warrensville Heights City Council in 2011, where she held office for three years. In 2014, she was elected to the 9th District on Cuyahoga County Council; and since 2017 has served as chair of the Cuyahoga County Democratic Party.\r\n\r\nShe was elected in Ohio\'s 11th Congressional District in last year's special election and serves on the House Agriculture Committee and the House Committee on Oversight and Reform and is a member of the Congressional Black Caucus.
Apr 15
1 hr
The 2022 State of the City with Mayor Justin M. Bibb
The City Club of Cleveland is pleased to host the annual State of the City Address. This free public event will be held in Silver Hall, at the Maltz Performing Arts Center on the campus of Case Western Reserve University.\r\n\r\nMayor Justin M. Bibb will speak to the accomplishments of his first 100 days in office, the progress of the economic recovery underway, and his vision for the city.
Apr 13
1 hr
Remarks from The Honorable Nina Turner
In November 2021, Ohio\'s 11th Congressional District underwent a special election to fill the seat previously held by Marcia Fudge, who joined the Biden Administration as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. Before redistricting, the district has been one of two majority-minority Ohio districts protected under the Voting Rights Act of 1965. It encompasses much of Cleveland, its eastern suburbs, a western portion of Akron, and about 30 cities.\r\n\r\nNina Turner grew up in a working-class family in Cleveland's Lee-Harvard community. Starting in 2005, Nina became the first Black woman to represent Ward 1 on Cleveland City Council. In 2008, she served as a state senator in Ohio's 25th District until 2014 when she ran for Ohio Secretary of State. She served as a national co-chair of Bernie Sanders\' 2020 presidential campaign, and in 2021 ran in the Democratic primary for 2021 special election for Ohio\'s 11th congressional district.
Apr 8
1 hr
Happy Dog Takes on the SCOTUS Nomination
The Presidential power to nominate a Supreme Court justice and Senate\'s power to confirm that nomination is one of the pillars of our country\'s checks-and-balances system. Yet, the politics and tensions over this process has escalated over recent years. The sudden death of Antonin Scalia in early 2016 led to a successful effort to block Obama\'s nominee, Merrick Garland-setting up a fierce debate over a political "lame duck" period of presidential nominations to the Supreme Court.\r\n\r\nThen just 46 days before the 2020 Presidential Election, tensions further escalated during an expedited process to confirm Justice Amy Coney Barrett after the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.\r\n\r\nNow, Justice Stephen Breyer has announced his retirement and President Joe Biden fulfilled a campaign promise to nominate a woman of color to the nation\'s highest court. If confirmed, Ketanji Brown Jackson would become the first Black woman to serve on the Supreme Court--adding yet another layer to the debate during a time when race and equity efforts are facing increasing attacks.\r\n\r\nWhat obstacles and opportunities does the Biden Administration face to confirm Ketanji Brown Jackson? And what is the future of Supreme Court and its influence in this era of politics?\r\n\r\nJoin us in-person at the Happy Dog in Gordon Square as we learn from local experts on what is at stake with the upcoming Supreme Court confirmation.
Apr 6
1 hr
Imagine. Invent. Ascend. HBCUs and an Education for the 21st Century
Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) have been educating Black men and women for more than 100 years. Current leading indicators from high college graduation to rates to affordability point to HBCU\'s important role in supporting our country\'s leaders and scholars of color.\r\n\r\nIn March of 2015, Mary Schmidt Campbell, PhD was named the 10th president of Spelman College--an HBCU located in Atlanta and a global leader in the education of Black women. Prior to this, Dr. Campbell dedicated years in the arts and culture sector, including the Studio Museum in Harlem, as NYC\'s Commissioner of Cultural Affairs, and as the Dean of NYU\'s renowned Tisch School of the Arts. And in 2009, President Barack Obama appointed her Vice Chair of the President\'s Committee on the Arts and Humanities.\r\n\r\nViewing Spelman as a necessity to reach an ideal of equality, Dr. Campbell recently launched Imagine. Invent. Ascend. as part of their 2022 Strategic Plan. It is a bold new vision for the College that builds on the College's legendary legacy to educate Black women for the 21st century.\r\n\r\nJoin us in-person as we hear from Dr. Campbell on what is next for Spelman College and HBCUs.
Apr 1
1 hr
Our Team: How Cleveland Changed Baseball…and America
The story of Cleveland\'s 1948 baseball season is America\'s story. A year that happened to include a World Series victory is also the year when the integration of Major League Baseball took major steps forward, with Cleveland breaking barriers for the American League. The relationships among some of the central figures--Negro League stars Satchel Paige and Larry Doby, ace pitcher Bob Feller, and team owner Bill Veeck--both reflected and shaped how America understood race and the possibilities of bridging racial divides.\r\n\r\nIn his book Our Team: The Epic Story of Four Men and the World Series, Luke Epplin examines the lives of those four men--the experiences that shaped them and challenged them, the impact they had, how they were understood and misunderstood, and what they came to represent in the national imagination. Epplin will be interviewed by a lover of books and baseball, Felton Thomas, the Executive Director and CEO of the Cleveland Public Library and Guardians fan.
Mar 30
1 hr
Confronting Risks and Opportunities: Remarks from Dominion Energy's Robert M. Blue
How does a legacy energy company get to net zero carbon? Answering that question--while simultaneously meeting the demands of customers, shareholders and the community--is at the top of the agenda for Dominion Energy\'s Robert Blue. In early 2020, Blue announced the legacy energy company would set a course for net zero carbon and methane emissions by 2050 across all their business lines. It\'s an ambitious goal, and Dominion\'s 2021 Climate Report noted steady progress being made--citing a reduction in carbon emissions from electric generation by 45 percent, heading toward 55 percent by 2030.\r\n\r\nHeadquartered in Richmond, Virginia, Dominion Energy serves more than 7 million customers in 13 states, including 1.2 million customers in Ohio. In October 2020, Blue was named Chair, President and Chief Executive Officer, and became chair of the Dominion Energy board of directors in April 2021. Blue joined Dominion Energy in 2005 and has held a succession of services and operational executive roles, including Dominion Energy's executive vice president and co-chief operating officer, and president-Dominion Energy Virginia, the company's vertically integrated electric utility in Virginia and North Carolina.\r\n\r\nWhat can we learn from Dominion Energy\'s progress? And what is Dominion\'s strategy behind a more sustainable future for their company and sector? Join us in-person at the City Club as we hear from Robert M. Blue.
Mar 25
1 hr
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