MAUREEN CONWAY OF THE ASPEN INSTITUTE VISITS CLEVELAND
Last week, we had the honor of
hosting Maureen Conway, Vice President for Policy Programs at the Aspen Institute and Executive Director of the Institute's Economic Opportunities for a morning conversation with workforce partners about job quality and sector-based workforce strategies. Her visit was made possible through funding from JP Morgan Chase. Thank you to all that participated!
During the second half of our conversation with Maureen, we invited Peter Truog from the Fund For Our Economic Future (FFEF) to present on emerging research on disparities in the NE Ohio economy. Peter's presentation began to unpack factors that lead to racial exclusion in our economy and it's impact on economic opportunity for individuals of color.
His research examined wage disparities across racial groups in NE Ohio across occupations. Greater Cleveland has a $129 Billion economy, of which $69 Billion is represented by salaries and earnings. Of that $69 Billion, $57 Billion is earned by white workers and the remainder goes to non-white workers.
In looking at occupations that are driving our economy,
the FEFF research found
across occupations there was a 10%-30% wage differential between white and non-white workers. If our economy moved towards parity, this would be an additional $6.3 Billion in additional income for workers of color. This begs the questions - what is contributing to wage disparities along racial lines? What benefits would be yielded if there was parity in our economy?
Key takeaway? Strategy development and outcome measurement within workforce and economic development must intentionally address systemic barriers that have disparate racial impact if we want a healthy economy.
Their remarks were critical our community thinks through what our future looks like and how to move the needle on fostering opportunity for all. Because of the complexity and intertwined nature of the challenges we want to address, it is critical we acknowledge disparities and intentionally address them as we bring forward solutions to grow our economy.
We look forward to continuing the conversation locally about job quality and design, engaging our partners in a system-wide approach, and asking the right questions about what we are measuring to ensure we are creating equitable and inclusive opportunities in our community.
Towards Employment's Young Professionals Board is recruiting for new members!
Duties of YP Board members include:
- Ability to speak passionately about TE!
- Attending quarterly board meetings
- Design and implement YP events and fundraising activities
- Be available via email
Sound fun? Application needs to be filled out and resume needs to be submitted to Grace Heffernan,
by October 26th.
Attendance is mandatory at our first meeting on Thursday, November 15th.
BLOOM LAUNCHES A NEW FALL MENU
Are you loving the cooler weather? We are too and to celebrate, Bloom Bakery has launched a Fall menu with all kinds of delicious food to help you feel the seasonal change.
Come enjoy soft pretzels, pepperoni rolls, biscuits and gravy, and more! Many of your old favorites are still offered as well!
And think of Bloom for your fall events both at the office and at home, the new Catering Menu is here too!
CITY CLUB DEBATE ON OHIO ISSUE 1
And make sure to vote this fall!
A SINCERE THANK YOU!
Thank you to everyone who was able to join us at out annual event, A Toast to New Tomorrows last month. We had over 300 people come together to celebrate the success of our graduates and creating career pathways for more Clevelanders.
Shout out to our celebrity bar tenders: Vince Grzegorek, Sam Allard, Douglas Trattner, Flash Ferenc, Noelle Celeste, John Taylor , Colin Cook, Mark Nolan, Jen Picciano, Amanda Harnocz, Rachel Dissell, and Matt Granite. Congratulations to Matt Granite for winning the tip contest!
A CULINARY EXPERIENCE TO REMEMBER
Congratulations to our Toast to Cleveland Chef raffle winners! And a huge thank you to local chefs
Adam Bostwick, Michael Lyons, John Taylor, and Jeremy Lisy
for donating their time and skills to benefit Bloom Bakery.
WE LOVE OUR VOLUNTEERS
At TE, we will be giving thanks for our volunteers on Thursday, November 1 from 5-6:30PM. All volunteers are welcome!
Register for the event
Looking to volunteer with TE? We are looking for volunteers to for two special opportunities. Please contact Patrick Gillen (
) if you would like to volunteer or require further information
- Serve as interviewer for Advancement Mock Interviews - December 11 and 12
- Help with the Bloom Media Basket Drop Offs - October 26.
ICYMI: LET'S CONTINUE TO CONNECT MORE PEOPLE TO CAREERS
Our Executive Director, Jill Rizika wrote a
Letter to the Editor
to add to
Pathway to Prosperity
The Browns, Towards Employment, and Cleveland were featured on the NFL network this month - and then the segment made its way to the giant video board at FirstEnergy Stadium during the Browns Ravens Game. Relive the moment with us. And Go Browns!
Staff member Chelsie Froning nominated TE to participate in the Nuremberg Paris Cleveland 90 year anniversary (NP4CLE) challenge. Please visit and vote for TE; and share on your social media sites as well.