Accelerate Cleveland 2017, Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum

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Twenty five Northeast Ohio residents with big ideas on making life better here compete in a pitch competition to get seed money and some buzz about their projects. We'll hear from some of the finalists of the Accelerate 2017 Citizens Make Change competition and get details on their ideas on improving education, economic development and quality of life. Then, former Spelman College President Beverly Daniel Tatum joins us in studio to discuss the power of diversity.  

  • Jeremy Langham, Lakewood, Winner, Accelerate 2017, "Ironborne Brew Works"
  • Jowan Smith, Cleveland, Finalist, Accelerate 2017, "Getting Our Babies to College 101"
  • Ben Colas, Winner, Accelerate 2016, "Kinder Kits"
  • Shayla Ivezzy, Cleveland, Finalist, Accelerate 2017, "Career Closet"
  • Ava Alexander Thomas, Chesterland, Finalist, Accelerate 2017, "Memory Mat"
  • Daniel Gray-Kontar, Cleveland, Finalist, Accelerate 2017, "Imagination for our Imagined Nation"
  • Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum, Ph.D,. Race Scholar, Author, Former President of Spelman College


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“Power of Diversity” lecture series

  • “Dialogue on Diversity” with Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum, Ph.D, and CWRU President Barbara Snyder
  • FREE
  • Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017,
  • 4:30 p.m.
  • Iris S. and Bert L. Wolstein Research Building Auditorium
  • 2103 Cornell Road
  • Case Western Reserve University  

Ohio Channel On-Demand Video


Accelerate 2017 sponsors and finalists, from left: Ed Largent, Westfield Insurance; Jeremy Langham, overall winner; Bob Klonk, Oswald Companies; Joe DiRocco, Citizens Bank; Ava Alexandra Thomas, finalist; Shayla Ivezzy, finalist; Neal Restivo, Oatey; Ceclia Render, Nordson; finalist Jowan Smith; Shelley Peet, Nordson; Daniel Gray-Kontar, finalist; and Larry Oscar, Hahn Loeser & Parks LLP and CLC Board Chair. (Photo by Turben; courtesy Cleveland Leadership Center)
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