Are you interested in becoming a professional member? Click here to learn more and how you can save on events. The Cleveland Professional 20/30 Club invites you to join a community conversation with Randell McShepard, Vice President of Public Affairs and Chief Talent Officer for RPM International Inc, Jacqui Robertson, Chief of Diversity and Inclusion for the Cleveland Clinic, Mary Kate Meals, Diversity Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Manager for the Cleveland Cavaliers, and Jim Rooney, published author , consultant and national speaker at Intro Cleveland in Ohio City on Sep 19, 2023. Participants will have the opportunity to hear from nationally acclaimed author Jim Rooney, who will discuss his book "A Different Way To Win." Jim Rooney is a published author, consultant and national speaker. Jim’s book “A Different Way to Win: Dan Rooney’s Story from the Super Bowl to the Rooney Rule” details his father’s long and successful career. Released in November 2019, the book quickly became an Amazon Best Seller and was selected on President Obama’s 2019 Book List.
Jim Rooney: Jim is a co-partner of Rooney Consulting, which assists organizations with enhancing culture, building strong teams and growing their businesses. Additionally, he serves on the Board of Directors for the Jewish Healthcare Foundation of Pittsburgh, The American Ireland Funds and Gilmour Academy. He is the 2019 recipient of the Lewis L. Glucksman Award for Business Leadership from New York University’s Glucksman Ireland House. Jim has a Masters in Organizational Development from Case Western Reserve University; a certificate in Change Leadership from Georgetown University and a B.A. from Boston College.
Randell McShepard: Randell McShepard was elected vice president of public affairs in October 2007 and named chief talent officer in July 2018. As chief talent officer, he is primarily responsible for managing and evaluating leadership development, succession planning and executive training across RPM in collaboration with Chairman and CEO Frank C. Sullivan. This includes leading the Global Organizational Leadership Development (GOLD) team, which facilitates RPM’s diverse senior leadership development programs. In his role as vice president of public affairs, Randell coordinates external affairs for the company, including corporate philanthropy and government relations.
Randell began his career at RPM in 2001, when he joined the company as director of community affairs. His previous work included serving as executive director of City Year Cleveland and assistant director of administration and program development for the Cleveland Bicentennial Commission.
Active in the Cleveland community, Randell serves as a trustee for The Cleveland Foundation, Destination Cleveland and as a director for Citymark Capital LLC. In addition, he is chairman and co-founder of PolicyBridge, a public policy think tank serving the Northeast Ohio region. Randell holds dual bachelor’s degrees from Baldwin Wallace University and a master’s degree in urban studies from Cleveland State University. He and his family reside in Beachwood, Ohio.
Mary Kate Meals:Mary Kate “MK” Meals is the Manager for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at Rock Entertainment Group where she works with the Cleveland Cavaliers, Cleveland Monsters, Cleveland Charge, Cavs Legion and Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. In her role, Mary Kate executes various social impact initiatives, theme nights and events across multiple properties specific to differing dimensions of diversity. She liaisons between the organization and their eight Team Member Resource Groups (Women, African American/Black, Hispanic/Latina/o/é/x, Jewish, Veterans, Parents & Caregivers, LGBTQ+, AAPI) and IDEAL Team (Diversity Council).
Mary Kate makes an impact through creating unique sports and entertainment experiences driven by a diverse, equitable, and inclusive culture. Previously, Mary Kate was an Inside Sales Seasonal Account Executive (Summer 2019) and a Diversity and Inclusion Seasonal Assistant (2019-2020) for the Cleveland Cavaliers. Mary Kate holds a bachelor’s degree in Sport and Recreation Management and a certificate in Diversity and Inclusion from Temple University.
Jacqui Robertson: Cleveland Clinic has appointed Jacqui Robertson as Chief of Diversity and Inclusion, effective March 1. In this role, Robertson will oversee the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, and lead global diversity and inclusion strategies and initiatives across the health system. This role builds on the organization’s work that focuses on local hiring, inclusive employee resource groups and a commitment to OneTen, a coalition of 37 of the largest United States employers to train, hire and promote one million Black Americans over the next 10 years.