Four Ways To Bridge The Employer-Employee Divide And Create Jobs

There are so many people in our communities who want better employment and economic opportunities, yet continue to fall farther behind, either through lack of awareness of the career pathways and skills required, or a lack of connectivity to employers seeking candidates with those skills. This odd dichotomy between business...

#PressforProgress: Five Ways To Win With Women On The Team

Back in March, I was invited by Cintrifuse, a Cincinnati-based fund of funds, to speak at their International Women’s Day event on a panel alongside some of our region’s most vocal advocates for change. The conversation centered on the theme of this year’s celebration — #PressforProgress. Despite an abundance of...

JumpStart Celebrates Black History Month

Each February, the U.S. celebrates Black History Month, highlighting the rich heritage, extraordinary achievements and unique culture of African Americans throughout our nation’s history. The precursor to Black History Month began in 1926, when noted historian and journalist Dr. Carter G. Woodson launched “Negro History Week” in an effort to...

Three Building Blocks To Create A More Inclusive Work Environment

“Diversity is the mix. Inclusion is making the mix work.” — Andres Tapia, global diversity & inclusion solutions leader, Korn Ferry Hay Group Now that you’ve enhanced your recruiting and hiring processes to build a team which reflects diverse perspectives and experiences, you’re done, right? Well, not exactly. There’s more...

Five Questions With Urban Kutz Barbershop Founder Waverly Willis

Waverly Willis juggles duty as a part-time marriage counselor, psychiatrist, spiritual advisor, voice of reason and expert listener, all while being a full-time professional barber at Urban Kutz Barbershop, a business he founded in May 2008. Voted Best Barbershop by Cleveland’s Hotlist, Willis takes pride in providing an upbeat, diverse...

Five Questions With Backattack Snacks Founder Lauren Back

Poor snacking habits aren’t easy to shake, and most of us are no stranger to the struggle of finding alternative, guilt-free options that are just as delicious as they are nourishing. To help change that, husband and wife team Brian and Lauren Back founded BackAttack Snacks. Their company offers tasty,...

Five Questions With Mr. “O”fficials Founder Sharmir Oglesby

A teacher by trade, Sharmir Oglesby has always had a passion for helping students succeed. In the last year, Sharmir has channeled that same passion into the launching of his own business, Mr. “O”fficials. Mr. “O”fficials offers customized apparel for students, staff and families, with personalized incentive programs designed to...