Lost & Misaligned Opportunities Launch Event

When: August 18, 2022 7:30 am - 9:30 am

Join us as we release the third edition of our report, Misaligned Opportunities, focused on how racial inequities lead to unequal economic outcomes. We’ll also review findings from the second edition of Lost Opportunities, focused on how higher wages, education, and STEM occupation growth are key to women’s economic vibrancy.

Be among the first public audiences to hear from the new presidents of Cleveland State University and Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C©). They will share their perspectives on the Northeast Ohio Region’s workforce strategies, discuss opportunities for the future, and provide insights on challenges and solutions in their experience with women and minority students.


  • 7:30a – Networking Full Breakfast
  • 8:00a – Program Begins

Program Details

Fireside chat with:

  • Bill Koehler, CEO, Team NEO
  • Dr. Michael Baston, President: Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C©)
  • Dr. Laura Bloomberg, President: Cleveland State University

An overview of findings from the Misaligned Opportunities and Lost Opportunities reports:

  • Jacob Duritsky, Vice President, Strategy and Research, Team NEO

A panel discussion with economic development professionals with aligned strategies to grow in-demand talent and drive for more inclusive career opportunities:

  • NaSheka Combs-Lemon, Career Connect Engagement Manager: Strengthening Stark
  • Dr. Jennifer Ross, Vice President of Diversity, Education & Engagement: Akron Urban League
  • Moderated by: Renee Ligon, Director, Partnerships and Engagements: Team NEO

These supplemental reports are part of Team NEO’s continuing efforts to address the regional talent supply/demand gap with our annual report, Aligning Opportunities. Since 2017, we have released this signature report exploring the gap for entry-level jobs in the Northeast Ohio Region. The report is now being used as a tool to develop, enhance, and/or modify offerings for job training programs and educational offerings at higher education institutions like Baldwin Wallace University, the University of Akron, College Now Greater Cleveland, Cuyahoga Community College and Lorain County Community College.

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