Brandon Chrostowski is on a mission to change the face of re-entry in the United States. In 2007, he founded EDWINS Leadership & Restaurant Institute. His approach is simple: arm those re-entering society with a skill and a smile. The idea for EDWINS was born “from a break” that Chrostowski received early in life and has grown into a six-month program conducted in prison that provides training in Culinary Arts and hospitality. After release, individuals are not only equipped with basic culinary skills, but they also are assisted with finding employment and have the opportunity to utilize free housing, basic medical care, clothing, job coaching and literacy programs. In 2013 EDWINS plans to expand into a restaurant open to the public, dedicated to teaching those recently released in all facets of restaurant operations.
Chrostowski began his career in Detroit fifteen years ago and has since trained in some of the world’s finest restaurants. He received an Associate’s degree in Culinary Arts and a Bachelor’s degree in Business and Restaurant Management at The Culinary Institute of America. He apprenticed at Chicago’s legendary restaurant, Charlie Trotters, and after graduation worked at Lucas Carton, Paris’ longest standing, Michelin 3-star restaurant. After spending time in Europe, Chrostowski decided to return to the United States to refine further what he learned in France. After several years in the kitchen, Chrostowski expanded his restaurant knowledge by moving to the front of the house at Le Pavilion in upstate New York, which is owned and operated by former CIA instructor Claude Guermont.
Certified by the Court of Master Sommeliers in 2008, Brandon brings a wealth of knowledge and polished service to his current position as general manager of L’Albatros Brasserie and Bar in Cleveland, where he also is the restaurant’s sommelier and fromager. Brandon has written for The Ohio Authority and serves on the advisory committee for Slow Food’s northern Ohio chapter.
Dominic Smith is Vice President and General Manager, Computed Tomography (CT) at Philips Healthcare. Previously, Mr. Smith was Vice President Computed Tomography (CT), Nuclear Medicine and Clinical Science. Mr. Smith graduated with a Masters in Math from Trinity College in Dublin and later pursued his MBA at The University of Edinburgh
Elliott Ingersoll is a licensed psychologist and clinical counselor in Ohio. He is professor of counseling/ counseling psychology and “Distinguished Faculty Member” at Cleveland State University. His research interests span a broad spectrum including psychopathology, mental health diagnosis, psychopharmacology, and spirituality in counseling and psychotherapy. He has authored or co-authored six books and dozens of peer-reviewed papers and book chapters on mental health related topics.
Elliott has been inspired and influenced by the Free Thought movement of the late 19th century and particularly by Robert Green Ingersoll, a leading freethinker of that time. He believes the most important skill for a human being is critical thinking seasoned with compassion. Elliott also is a singer/songwriter and creator of “FreeThought Folk Music” which he performs throughout Northeast Ohio. His CD “American Infidel” was released early this year.
Felton Thomas, Jr. was appointed Director of the Cleveland Public Library (CPL) in January 2009. Since then, he has positioned CPL as a community deficit fighter and launched initiatives aimed at addressing community needs in the areas of technology, education, and economic development.
During Felton’s tenure, CPL has maintained its “Five Star” status and been named a “Top Innovator” by the Urban Libraries Council for its use of technology and data to inform decision making. Felton also has guided CPL through the worst recession in decades by actively seeking input from the community, and then reducing CPL’s budget by millions while still providing superior service and keeping all neighborhood branches open.
Felton’s vision for the Library is that of a strong leader in defining a more prosperous future for Cleveland by battling the digital divide, illiteracy, unemployment, and other community deficits with innovative programming and action at all branches. He has also launched a “Downtown Destination” campaign to reposition the Main Library for the 21st century and market its status as a major downtown attraction.
Felton is a native of Las Vegas, where, as a youth, he first developed his passion for libraries. At age 13, he became the youngest employee in Las Vegas-Clark County Library District history when a librarian noticed his enthusiasm and encouraged him to become a page. Thirty years later, the young page has move up the library ranks to become Director of one of the best libraries in the country.
Felton earned his undergraduate degree in psychology from The University of Nevada-Las Vegas and his Masters in Library Science from The University of Hawaii, and is currently pursuing his PhD in Managerial Leadership Management at Simmons College.
Felton lives in Shaker Heights with his wife and two daughters, is an accomplished musician, and has become a devoted Cleveland sports fan since his arrival on the shores of Lake Erie.
Gary has been developing novel, energy-efficient light sources as a physicist with GE Lighting for 25 years. In his current role as Principal Engineer on the LED Innovation Team, he and a talented team of engineers and scientists at their 100-year old headquarters in Cleveland’s NELA Park are helping to forge a Lighting Revolution with new LED lighting products and technologies. With over 40 issued US Patents, his recent contributions include the world’s first Energy Star certified LED replacement for the traditional incandescent light bulb, and a line of no-glare LED PAR lamps that can replace halogen reflector lamps, both products providing ~80% lower energy consumption. His earlier work in Lighting touched every one of the company’s traditional lighting technologies, including Incandescent, Halogen, Automotive, Fluorescent, and High Intensity Discharge. He’s active in teaching and mentoring his colleagues, and in community service.
At Pennsylvania State University, he obtained a BS in Engineering Science; and a BS and MS in Nuclear Engineering. In 1981, he obtained a PhD in Astrophysical Sciences, Plasma Physics Division, at Princeton University. His career began with R&D in Nuclear Fusion for 5 years in the Particle Beam Fusion department at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque; followed by 2 years in the research labs of GTE Sylvania Lighting in Boston.
While fusion still promises to provide the world with limitless, relatively benign power, as the timeline to its commercialization stretched to 2050 or beyond, Gary shifted his career from the supply side of the global energy challenge to the demand side, where energy-efficient lighting is providing immediate and very cost-effective solutions to our global energy and eco challenges. The significant eco contribution of the rapidly unfolding LED Lighting Revolution, and Cleveland’s unique heritage and promising future in it, are the themes of his TED talk.
Greg Harris was named President and Chief Executive Officer of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in December 2012. Harris joined the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in 2008, where he oversaw development, special events, membership, board relations and government affairs. He also assisted in numerous other areas, including strategic planning and institutional marketing, and helped to acquire archival collections for the Museum’s Library and Archives. Harris has been a driving force behind growing the Museum’s philanthropic support and was a key figure in fundraising, planning and execution of the successful 2012 Hall of Fame Induction Week.
Before joining the Rock Hall, Harris spent 14 years at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, N.Y., where he advanced from curating the Hall of Fame Library and Archives broadcast collection to serving as vice president of development. During his tenure, he worked directly with Baseball Hall of Fame inductees and created a strong national network of donors, sponsors and influencers and represented the institution in Washington, D.C. where he built a successful government affairs practice for the Museum.
Harris’s passion for music made the opportunity to shift from baseball to rock and roll an incredibly compelling choice. In the 1980s, he and a partner founded, owned and operated the Philadelphia Record Exchange, a retail store that specialized in selling rare, used and independent records. He also served as a road manager for a nationally touring group and played guitar in garage bands. He remains an enthusiastic music lover, regularly attends live concerts and is a frequent contributor to the Rockhall.com blog.
A native of Bucks County, Pennsylvania, Harris holds a B.A. degree in history from Temple University and a master’s degree from the Cooperstown Graduate Program for History and Museum Studies. He resides in the Cleveland area with his wife, Deirdre, and two children, Alex and Jack.
Jen’s passion is inspiring people to find their purpose and reach their potential. Jen is an organization development consultant with the Cobalt Group, where she helps people and organizations plan for their future and accomplish their goals. She is also co-founder of [thrive], a Cleveland-based social venture.
[thrive] is a radical new “happiness incubator,” designing highly-curated experiences, rooted in science, leading to greater individual and communal happiness. Jen, her business partner Scott Simon, and the most talented Creative Team ever, take people from local food experiences with mystery chefs, to contagious laughter, happiness practices, to random acts of kindness in public places, and lunch time dance parties in the heart of the city — and that’s just the beginning. www.thrivecleveland.com.
Jen holds a Master’s of Social Science Administration (M.S.W.), a Master’s of Science in Positive Organization Development from Case Western Reserve University, and a B.A. in International Relations from Carleton College. She is also a certified yoga instructor.
When she has the chance, Jen loves practicing yoga, traveling around the world with her family, reading her book club’s latest book, and baking cakes.
Jen lives in Cleveland Heights with her husband, Dan, and two children.
As President of Global Cleveland, Joy Roller leads a civic/corporate initiative to increase the population of Northeast Ohio and strengthen the region by connecting immigrants and domestic newcomers to its opportunities, resources and services and promoting the region as a welcoming place for all.
For the past six years, Joy served as Executive Director of the Gordon Square Arts District, a collaboration of three separate non-profit organizations in a single $30 million capital campaign. On November 15, 2012, The Plain Dealer reported that Joy was, “The woman who oversaw the conversion of Cleveland’s Gordon Square Arts District into an edgy, creative economic engine is about to bring her exuberance and marketing mojo to a wider audience.” Since May 2006, the campaign has transformed Cleveland’s Detroit Shoreway neighborhood by attracting 75 new businesses, creating over 520 jobs, restoring the 1920s Capitol Theatre, renovating the Cleveland Public Theatre, groundbreaking for Near West Theatre’s new performance center and making extensive streetscape improvements and parking acquisitions.
In addition to her economic development experience in Gordon Square, Roller brings over twenty years as a television producer and political campaign manager to her current position. A one-time political director of United State Secretary of State John Kerry’s first successful race for public office, Roller started her television production career at WJW in Cleveland. Her writing, producing and directing credits have appeared on HGTV, VH1, TLC, Discovery, Lifetime and PBS.
Roller holds a Masters of Theological Studies degree from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and economics from Denison University. In 2004, she returned to Cleveland from New York City to attend Cleveland State University’s John Marshall College of Law. She graduated with a Juris Doctor degree in December 2007.
Kipum (Kip) Lee is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Design and Innovation at the Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University. He is interested in what it means for organizations and systems in general to be beautiful. At the Weatherhead, he teaches the graduate level courses, “Identifying Design Opportunities” and “Information, Technology and Systems,” to MBA and engineering students.
Prior to doctoral studies, he worked as an interaction and service designer at IDEO, frog, and Marriott International. At frog, he helped with Project Masiluleke, an ongoing initiative that uses mobile technology and home testing kits to address the HIV/AIDS epidemic in South Africa. At Marriott, he managed the UX group’s first ethnographic-type research initiative, facilitated the redesign of the UX product development process, and led the interaction design work for on-property digital guest services as well as Marriott’s first mobile platform. More importantly, he worked closely with the Senior Vice President of Digital/eCommerce Strategy to shape strategic arguments – made to C-level executives and board members – about future digital products and services.
He lives in Cleveland Heights, OH where he enjoys playing his 714 Taylor guitar, reading, and watching Korean dramas with his wife, Bessie.
Kip holds a BAS in biomedical sciences from the University of Pennsylvania and a MDes in interaction design from Carnegie Mellon University.
Mansfield Frazier is a native Clevelander and a product of the Cleveland public school system. He left Cleveland in 1969, and for the next 30 years lived all over the United States, pursuing activities that can best be described as checkered at best, an experience he feels greatly shapes his perspectives as a writer and journalist, primarily focused on social justice issues.
Self-taught as a writer, he returned to Cleveland in 1995 and began his career as the associate editor of an urban news magazine, The Downtown Tab. He’s served briefly as the editor of the minority-focused weekly, The Call & Post before moving on to edit CityNews, a startup urban weekly. His writing currently is featured nationally on Newsweek/The Daily Beast, and locally on both CoolCleveland.com and The Cleveland Leader.
He currently serves as the executive director of Neighborhood Solutions, Inc. a non-profit that publishes Reentry Advocate, a national magazine that goes into various prisons, libraries, county jails, halfway houses and prison ministries around the United States.
The organization he heads won a competitive grant in 2010 to establish the country’s first inner-city vineyard, the three-quarter acre Vineyards of Château Hough, located in the community in which he resides.
Mansfield and his wife Brenda enjoy tending their raised bed gardens, which they work diligently to keep their two dogs, Ginger and Zeda from rampaging through.
Appointed in 2009 as the inaugural Vice President for Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity at Case Western Reserve University, Marilyn Sanders Mobley, PhD, provides strategic leadership for the university-wide effort to develop and sustain a welcoming environment for faculty, students, staff, and alumni. She is a member of the Leadership Cleveland Class of 2010 and serves as a trustee for the Cleveland Institute of Music, the Cuyahoga County Public Library Foundation, and Women of Hope. She was also selected to chair the Breakthrough Charter Schools Diversity Committee and was recently selected to serve on the board of the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education.
Prior to her appointment at CWRU, she served as Provost at Bennett College for Women in Greensboro, North Carolina. Prior to her provost appointment, she was the Associate Provost for Educational Programs at George Mason University and a tenured Associate Professor of English, where she was also a faculty member for 19 years. Dr. Mobley also founded the African American Studies Program at George Mason and served as its first director for six years.
She is a published author and Toni Morrison scholar, whose first book— Folk Roots and Mythic Wings in Sarah Orne Jewett and Toni Morrison: The Cultural Function of Narrative (LSU Press, 1991)—was one of the first cross-cultural studies on the Nobel Prize winning author. Her two books in progress include Spaces for the Reader: Toni Morrison’s Narrative Poetics and Cultural Politics and The Strawberry Room, And Other Places Where a Woman Finds Herself, a memoir about the passage from family trauma to spiritual recovery. Dr. Mobley is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc, and is the proud mother of two adult sons and grandmother of three grandsons. She serves as a lay minister at Arlington Church of God and resides in Akron, Ohio.
While studying International Relations at Boston University, Michael Fleming found himself moving up the ranks in his night job as a chef, ultimately becoming the executive chef for two restaurants in the Boston area. He would continue this work for almost a decade, studying, teaching and cooking Spanish Cuisine in Madrid followed by a chef position at a boutique hotel in South Beach.
With his return to the U.S., Michael looked at the condition of many American cities’ urban cores, with high vacancy rates and suburban sprawl, and didn’t understand why everyone wasn’t living in the center. After many trips during his cooking years back to his hometown of Cleveland, Michael decided to make the move in 2004 in order to be a part of the city’s revival. He has been a resident of Ohio City ever since, at one point converting a 19th Century “Odd Fellows” hall into residences with his family. He still has no idea why everyone doesn’t live in the city, but to his credit he is able to make a clear argument for urban dwelling as a result.
In 2011, Michael received his Masters of Urban Planning, Design and Development at Cleveland State University while working at MidTown Cleveland, Inc. In 2012, he accepted the position of Executive Director of St Clair Superior Development Corporation. Michael and his team have since worked tirelessly to build a dynamic neighborhood around the many assets within their service area, stretching between East 30th and Martin Luther King Drive, and from Payne and Superior avenues north to Lake Erie. He is currently working on UrbanUpcycle – a comprehensive arts-based strategy that will show how creative reuse can lift an entire East Side neighborhood. UrbanUpcycle is a 2013 finalist for grant funding from the national ArtPlace program.
Michael currently sits on the board of directors for Project Learn, the adult literacy organization, and for Bike Cleveland, the city’s primary advocate for the cycling community.
Michael James Pultz is one of the Council of Chiefs, the three gentlemen who are the co-founders and administrators of the Lottery League. First debuting five years ago in Cleveland and currently in its 3rd season here, the Lottery League is a wonderful project that drafts area musicians together into all new 4 piece bands governed by only one rule: none of the participants can be placed with current or past collaborators. As in the case of the Lottery League, whose members hail from diverse backgrounds and genres, Michael’s interests are varied and far reaching. Michael is the programmer and host of The Defend Cleveland Show, a locally acclaimed sports talk radio show on WRUW-FM 91.1. Now in its 5th year, The Defend Cleveland Show offers unique perspectives and commentary on the region’s sports and entertainment scene. Michael is also a musician who, prior to switching to sports talk, hosted the long running music program, Radio Dystopia, also on WRUW. Using Radio Dystopia as a vehicle to bring musical acts from all over the world to Cleveland, Michael was able to promote and manage custom-curated events booked at such places as the Beachland Ballroom and Tavern, M.O.C.A., and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum; which, in turn, enabled him to work for three years helping to book and manage stages as part of Cleveland’s annual arts and technology celebration, Ingenuity Festival. Additionally, Michael worked in scientific research at Louis Stokes VA Medical Center for ten years, contributing to a number of papers as well as travelling to further the studies in the United States, Finland, and the Netherlands. In helping the Lottery League expand from Cleveland to a second Los Angeles edition in 2014 and beyond, Michael draws on all his interests and talents in presenting the Lottery League concept on behalf of the Council of Chiefs and Cleveland. Michael’s life, work, and passions, are rooted in this city, whose richness TEDxCLE also chooses to celebrate.
Dr. Ros received his MD and PhD, from the Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain his native city and completed his Residency and Fellowship at Mount Sinai Medical Center/University of Miami. He obtained a Master of Public Heath (Health Care Policy and Management) at the Harvard School of Public Health.
Currently, Dr. Ros serves as The Theodore J. Castele University Professor and Chairman, Department of Radiology of University Hospitals Case Medical Center and Case Western Reserve University and Radiologist-in-Chief of University Hospitals Health System.
His prior positions include Chief of Gastrointestinal Radiologic Pathology at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology in Washington DC, Professor of Radiology and Associate Chairman at the University of Florida and Professor of Radiology at Harvard Medical School and Executive Vice-Chair and Associate Radiologist-in-Chief at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital. In Boston, he also served as Director and Chief Operating Officer of Partners Radiology and Chief of Radiology at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute.
His over 300 publications and 18 textbooks are primarily in Abdominal and Oncologic Imaging focusing on liver, pancreatic, mesenteric and gastrointestinal cross-sectional imaging with pathologic correlation. He holds eleven editorial positions including past Associate Editor of Radiology.
Dr. Ros is a Fellow of the American College of Radiology, the Society of Computed Body Tomography/MRI, and The Society of Abdominal Radiology. He is an Honorary Fellow of the European Society of Gastrointestinal and Abdominal Radiology and an Honorary Member of 10 National and International Radiological Societies.
In 2010, Dr. Ros received a $38 million government-academic-industry grant to establish the Global Imaging Innovation Center.
Whether it’s about bricks & mortar, or connection & creation, Scott Simon is passionate about building and transforming community.
Scott is president of North Pointe Realty, a Cleveland-based commercial real estate development, construction and management firm, and co-founder of [thrive], a Cleveland-based social venture.
[thrive] is a radical new “happiness incubator,” designing highly-curated experiences , deeply rooted in science, which fuel greater individual and communal happiness and super-charged social networks – www.thrivecleveland.com.
Scott’s passion for community growth, productivity and well-being was sparked by a chance attendance of a seminar featuring Harvard professor Dr. Tal Ben-Shahar, widely respected as one of the world’s authorities on the science of happiness. Scott is now earning a Certificate in Positive Psychology conducted by Dr. Ben-Shahar.
Scott earned his B.A. from Skidmore College, M.N.O. from Case Western Reserve University, Certificate in Real Estate Development and Finance from Cleveland State University, and engaged in continuing education in real estate at Harvard University.
Scott is board chair of Shoes and Clothes for Kids, vice president of the Agnon School, trustee of the Jewish Federation of Cleveland, participant in the two-year Wexner Heritage Leadership program, and was a former charter class member and trustee of Cleveland Bridge Builders. Scott has won several leadership awards, and was named one of Crains’ Cleveland Business’s “40 under 40.”
Scott ‘s greatest achievement – by far – is as proud parent of son Noah (12) and daughter Teilah (10). In his spare time he boxes, practices power yoga, seeks out great restaurants far and wide, and dreams of one day surfing by day and cooking dinner on a Costa Rican beach by night.