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Thank You, Alex Johanson, for your Outstanding Contributions as Networking Director

03/15/2022 11:25 AM | Melinda McNutt (Administrator)

On behalf of the Cleveland Professional 20/30 Club Board, I would like to personally recognize Alex Johanson for her outstanding contributions to our club during her year-long tenure as Networking Director.

In this role, Alex organized a variety of engaging, creative events for club members to benefit from, including 15 dinners with local CEOs, two “Ladies Who Lead” panel discussions and five networking events, including a speed networking event and an event at Tower City hosted in partnership with Women in Networking Cleveland.

The CEO Dinner series is one of the club's longest standing institutions. Each month, Professional Members have the opportunity to join the CEO of a local company for a private dinner. These events are intentionally limited so everyone has an opportunity to share in a robust and inclusive discussion. Alex focused on inviting a diverse list of CEOs, half of whom were female, from a variety of industries. Each dinner lasted nearly 2.5 hours and offered young professionals the opportunity to learn from leaders and ask questions about their careers.

Our “Ladies Who Lead” panel discussions featured female leaders in the local community who shared unique details about their careers and offered advice to attendees, while our networking events allowed job seekers to find potential career opportunities. Over 500 tickets were sold to networking events planned and hosted by Alex.   

With these accomplishments, Alex distinguished herself as one of our most ambitious board members and a true asset to our team. 

Thank you, Alex, for furthering the mission of Cleveland Professional 20/30 Club by offering members an abundance of opportunities to network, learn and expand their horizons. We are incredibly grateful for your contributions and wish you the best in your future endeavors – especially your next chapter as you await the arrival of baby Johanson in June!

Sincerely, 
Melinda McNutt, President

Thank you to the CEOs who gave of their time to join us for dinner.

  • Azadeh Hardiman, Business Leader, Level20
  • Denise McGee, Chief Administrative Officer, Bellwether Enterprise Real Estate Capital
  • Brent Zimmerman, CEO/ CO- Founder, Saucy Brew Works
  • Darrell McNair, President, MVP Plastics
  • Debbie Berry, Vice President of Community Development University Circle Inc.
  • Matt Rodak, CEO of Fund That Flip
  • Michael Deemer, CEO & President, Downtown Cleveland Alliance
  • Ryan Anderson, Founding Partner, Anderson | Biro Staffing LLC
  • Teleangé Thomas, Chief Advancement & Relationship Officer, JumpStart Inc.
  • Micki Byrnes, President & General Manager, WKYC Media
  • Tami Honkola - President & CEO, Help Foundation, Inc. 
  • Baiju Shah - President & CEO, Greater Cleveland Partnership
  • Justin Bibb - Chief Strategy Officer, Urbanova
  • Marianne Crosley - President & CEO, Cleveland Leadership Center
  • Cathy Belk - President & CEO, Deaconess Foundation