From the desk of Claudia Owens

I hope this December newsletter finds you enjoying the merriment of the season with family and friends! As we end 2023, I am excited to share some of the opportunities awaiting Legacy Leaders in 2024.

Legacy Leaders play an integral role in shaping efforts that affect change. During the October vision session and subsequent conversations the following were identified as the best ways to increase participation of Legacy Leaders:
  • Accommodate flexible schedules.
  • No early morning meetings (10:30am is a great meeting time).
  • No Fridays and No Mondays.
  • Offer both virtual and in person opportunities.
  • Opportunities for multi-generational activities and collaborations.
  • Work with a variety of organizations throughout the year rather than just one program or project.
  • Look for one-off projects; using Legacy Leaders for think tank discussions.
As a result we are looking for ways Legacy Leaders can continue civic engagement and be of value to area nonprofits through executive leadership coaching, think tank for tackling challenges or other capacity-building exercises. In 2024 we will present ideas to support suggested areas of focus.
Podcast Topics 2024
Is there an issue, topic, or a person you’d like to meet and learn from? Share those with me as we look to record more "For Your Encore" episodes in 2024 based on the interests of Legacy Leaders! Email me your ideas at

Latest "For Your Encore" Episodes
Is Skydiving on Your Bucket List?
Have you ever thought about or considered Sky Diving? Listen to retired Army Veteran Legacy Leader Michelle Robinson talk about her first sky dive on For Your Encore” the Legacy Leader Podcast Series. Available on your favorite podcast platform.
Cleveland Metroparks: Adaptive/Inclusive Programs
There are countless unique opportunities for all ages including our listeners in their Encore. You can stay active in recreation and nature adventures throughout the park district. Try-It, Learn-It, Live it! 
Want to Accelerate CLE?
Each year for the past decade, Accelerate has advanced our community by providing a platform (and funding) for ordinary citizens to become change agents. Each of those years, local leaders (like, and maybe including you!) help those ideas come to life by supporting the event and by connecting presenters to resources and people.

Be there this coming year to see a new crop of more than two dozen ideas take flight and celebrate the impact of past Accelerators.
Accelerate 2024
Presented in partnership with Citizens
Thursday, February 22
Huntington Convention Center
4:30-8:30 p.m.
$40 General registration
$350 Reserved table of 8
(Additional ticket levels available)
Invite Your Friends
Please forward this newsletter to your friends and colleagues. Encourage them to connect with me at or
216 – 650-3312 to learn more.

I look forward to working with all of you in 2024!

Senior Fellow
(216) 650-3312