Please join the PNC Fairfax Connection in Supporting NLDP!July 12, 2018
Please join the PNC Fairfax Connection in Supporting NLDP!The mission of the Neighborhood Leadership Development Program is to enhance the diverse leadership abilities of engaged Clevelanders who are committed to creating a city and region which works for everyone.In 2006, NLDP was established and funded by the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Foundation. The Neighborhood Leadership Development Program is a 16 session community engagement training program for residents of Cleveland, and its inner ring suburbs, who are working on projects within the City of Cleveland and who are determined to make a positive impact on their communities. Currently, there are 209 graduates of the program.After the application process, 20 committed individuals are chosen for the program year. NLDP participants and graduates are a diverse group with many interests and are working on a wide variety of issues to improve life in their communities. The program will cover topics such as program planning, marketing & communications, program fundraising, conflict resolution and negotiation, community engagement methods and more.Every NLDP participant and NLDP graduate also has ongoing access to the services of a Program Coach. NLDP coaches give advice and support tailored to the needs of the participant.The 16 sessions are on Saturdays at Trinity Commons at 2230 Euclid Avenue beginning August 25. The application period deadline is AUGUST 3, 2018. For additional information and to view the 2018-2019 curriculum and online application, visit www.nldpcleveland.comor call 216-776-6167.You can find the application as well as other supporting documents surrounding NLDP within our media gallary. If you think you have what it takes, APPLY NOW! Again, this is an opportunity for local people who head organizations or programs to gain valuable skills and network with others.
Technology Questions? Set Up an Appointment with Our Tech AssistantMay 4, 2018
If you need one on one time to learn how to operate your newest gadget, or would like some help creating or putting together some sort of media for your next event (flyers, business cards, tshirt designs, slideshows, and etc.), feel free to set up a time with Asia for assistance.
Writer's Workshop with Guest Author, Carmen Melissa HallMay 4, 2018
Do you have the imagination and drive to develop narratives? Do you want to learn how to establish a consistent writing process? The Writer's Workshop will provide beginning writers with tips and tools on the writing process. Join our monthly guest author and learn new writing techniques. This month's session will feature Ms. Carmen Melissa Hall. She is the author of "The Gift of Now: The Discovery of Your Purpose". Please join us to discuss her writing process and journey!
Cleveland Orchestra Family WorkshopMay 4, 2018
Learn about the instrument families of The Cleveland Orchestra, meet a musician, and participate in a group reading of children's book with live performance of musical effects! Families will also have the opportunity to try out instruments during Instrument Discovery. Take home family activity books, egg shakers, CDs, and more!
PNC Fairfax Connection Speaker SeriesJanuary 4, 2018
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The PNC Fairfax Connection Lecture Series is a monthly lecture program consisting of local, regional and national presenters. These presenters are comprised mostly of friends, colleagues and acquaintances of the executive director. They are successful entrepreneurs, executives, artists, authors, public officials and others who have backgrounds and/or stories that are relatable to PNC Fairfax Connection members.
The purpose of the lecture series is to encourage, inspire, motivate and coach PNC Fairfax Connection members in overcoming adversity and achieving their goals. Additionally, speakers may address issues related to diversity, inclusion and understanding, as well as overcoming economic challenges in an urban environment. January's topic is the history of Fairfax.
Speaker number one was Dr. John Grabowski, a Cleveland Urban History Specialist. On January 18th, 2018 he came to the PNC Fairfax Connection to speak about the history of Fairfax with our members. He based his interactive presentation around a book by Allen E. Cole "Through the Lens of Allen E. Cole: A Photographic History of African Americans in Cleveland Ohio". Our members were eager to engage in conversations with Dr. Grabowski about their community. The dialouge was passionate and interesting.
More Information on the Guest:
Dr. John Grabowski’s interests and research span the fields of public and academic history. He specializes in the areas of immigration and ethnicity; local (Cleveland) urban history, particularly the fields of archives and museums. He holds a joint appointment with the Department of History at Case Western Reserve University and the Western Reserve Historical Society, where he serves as Historian and Senior Vice President for Research and Publications. In addition to teaching at the department he also oversees the World Wide Web edition of The Encyclopedia of Cleveland History/Dictionary of Cleveland Biography, a joint project of Case Western Reserve University and the Western Reserve Historical Society.
April 25th, 2018: Craig Smith - Information Technology Director from SARTA
Craig joined us at the PNC Fairfax Connection to have a conversation with us about how his love for computers at a young age translated to him becoming the IT Director for Stark Area Regional Transit Authority. In his position, he is responisble for developing an information techology strategy that supports SARTA's business goals and objectives. He operates and manages the agency's information technology infrastructure which enables employees and users to carry out their roles and duties efficiently, productively, and securely. Craig also oversees project management for all onboard intelligent transportation system hardware/software, security surveillance systems, enterprise asset management system, as well as, the enterprise resource planning system at SARTA. Craig recieved a Bachelor of Science degree from Bowling Green State University and is currently working to complete a Master of Business Adminstration degree at Ashland University. He is a proud member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., Gamma Alpha Sigma chapter in Cleveland, OH. A native of Massillon, OH, Craig is the proud father of three sons, Craig Jr., Jaylon, and Jordan.
May 30th, 2018: Marlon Primes - Assistant U.S. Attorney, President Elect of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
Marlon A. Primes was born and raised in Akron, Ohio, and graduated from Akron’s Archbishop Hoban High School. Mr Primes subsequently attended Ohio University, where he obtained his Bachelor of Science degree from the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, with honors, in 1986, and was named one of five Outstanding Senior Leaders, the Outstanding Graduate in Broadcast News Journalism, and the Outstanding Black Graduating Senior. After graduating from Ohio University, Mr Primess served as a Fellow for the Council of Legal Education Opportunity Program at the University of Wisconsin School of Law. Mr Primes received his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center in 1989, served as a law clerk for the Honorable Wilford Johansen of the National Labor Relations Board, and has served as an assistant U.S. attorney in Cleveland for the past twenty-three (23) years. Mr Primes lives in Cleveland Heights, with his wife (Kathi) of twenty-four (24) years, who he met while they both were volunteering at their alma mater, Ohio University. They are the proud parents of Markus, who is a recent graduate of Purdue University and an analyst in the aviation industry in Washington, D.C., and Kayla, who is a sophomore at Howard University.
June 27th, 2018: Geoffrey Ledwidge - 4x McDonald's Franchise Owner & Author
Geoffrey Ledwidge was born and raised in Jamaica where he worked with his father on a farm. It was there that he got his foundation to suceed in life. He used his dedication and drive to work his way up the coporate ladder of McDonald's after starting there as a dishwasher in the UK. Mr. Ledwidge now has over 32 years of experience, experitise, and extensive leadership and management skills in various aspects of operationis and training in the UK and USA with McDonald's Coporation.
July 25th, 2018: Tony Sias - CEO & President of Karamu House
Tony F. Sias is President & CEO of Karamu House, America's oldest African American theatre. Under his direction since 2015, Karamu produces professional Theatre, provides Arts Education and presents Community Programs for all people while honoring the African American experience. Mr. Sias has a decorated background in the arts. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Dramatic Art form Jackson State Univeristy and his Master of Fine Arts in acting from The Ohio Univeristy. He has been featured in The New York Times, American Theatre Magazine, and NBC's Today Show. He joined us here at the PNC Fairfax Connection to discuss stories from his life journey and how he has used those lessons to be in the position that he is in today. He also discussed the evolution of Karamu House, rennovations and changes that have taken place, and what they have to offer the community.
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Welcome, Brian Williams to PNC Fairfax Connection!August 4, 2017
We are pleased to welcome Brian Williams as our new Executive Director of the PNC Fairfax Connection. Williams, a 23-year veteran of the banking industry, most recently served as vice president and Banking Center manager for PNC Bank in Akron, Ohio. Under his leadership, the branch won numerous awards and achieved high standards in customer loyalty, customer service and employee engagement. Active in the community, Williams is the associate pastor and managing director for Dayspring Family Church in North Canton. He oversees business operations for the church, including strategic planning, finance, community outreach, membership, learning and curriculum, and the ministry leadership board. Williams also is the facilitator and program designer for The Dayspring, a nonprofit that assists Stark County teens in foster care by providing essential life skills that will help them lead successful lives on their own as adults. Williams holds a Bachelor of Science from Ohio University and a Master of Business Administration from Kent State University.