Aligning Opportunities Virtual Launch Event Recap

Event Recap & Video Recordings

The Aligning Opportunities Virtual Launch Event engaged the Northeast Ohio business and education community in meaningful discussions around solutions to the talent supply and equity gap identified in the Aligning Opportunities report.

Since 2019, Team NEO has partnered with Delta Dental to increase awareness of Aligning Opportunities among the business and higher education communities. We engage key decision-makers in meaningful discussions about resolving the talent supply and equity gap, and providing students with greater awareness of, and access to, in-demand careers.

Aligning Opportunities and Misaligned Opportunities Report Overview

Team NEO’s VP of Strategy & Research, Jacob Duritsky, gave attendees an in-depth look at the Aligning Opportunities and Misaligned Opportunities reports to gain insights on the talent supply and equity gaps in Northeast Ohio.

Fireside Chat

Thank you to our Fireside Chat sponsor: Modis

Breakout Panel Discussions

Building an Equitable and Inclusive Culture in the Workplace

Thank you to our Panel Discussion sponsor: Alexander Mann


  • Moderator: Gina Cheverine, Managing Vice President, Inclusion and Strategic Partnership at Greater Cleveland Partnership 
  • Yentil Rawlinson, Director, Inclusion & Diversity at Sherwin-Williams
  • Aaron Grossman, Founder & CEO at Alliance Solutions Group
  • Earl Major, VP of Human Resources at Delta Dental of Michigan, Ohio, and Indiana

The law requires that everyone have equal opportunities regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, or disability. Yet, as seen in the Misaligned Opportunities report, the equity gap still prevails. How can companies take the step beyond nondiscriminatory policies to truly creating a safe and equitable workplace culture for all?  Learn how companies around Northeast Ohio are working to build an equitable and inclusive culture with a focus on racial equity and inclusion. The takeaway of this session will be new strategies to implement within your own organization.

Creating Economic Mobility Through Work-based Learning

Thank you to our Panel Discussion sponsor: Vitamix


  • Moderator: Jacob Duritsky, Vice President of Research and Strategy at Team NEO
  • Julie Szeltner, Senior Director of Adult Programs at College Now
  • Jennifer Oddo, Director of Workforce Partnerships and Apprenticeship Programs at IBM
  • Marsha A. Mockabee, President and CEO at Urban League of Greater Cleveland
  • Patricia Gray, College Now Scholar
  • Brandon Whittington, Software Engineer at IBM CIO Office/DSWC

Work-based learning is an educational strategy that provides learners with real-life work experience where they can apply academic and technical skills and develop their employability. Research has found that the best way to improve one’s economic mobility is through education, but the increasing cost of education is creating a block especially for low-income households. How can work-based learning be leveraged to improve economic mobility for learners of all ages and economic status? Hear from Northeast Ohio organizations working to implement work-based learning strategies in their local communities.

Businesses Tackling Talent Challenges from Within

Thank you to our Panel Discussion sponsor: Westfield Bank


  • Moderator: Alan Nevel, Senior Vice President, Chief Diversity and Human Resource Officer at Metro Health
  • Andy Jones, CEO at MCPc
  • Dr. Jodi Berg, CEO at Vitamix
  • Lindsay Domingo, Director, Organizational Development & Talent Management at Swagelok

The findings of the 2020 Aligning Opportunities report highlight the prevailing talent gap in key in-demand job areas of business, health care, manufacturing and IT. Learn how companies are tacking their talent challenges from within. Participants of this session will take away creative solutions to talent challenges that can be implemented in their own organization.