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CUBE: Construction, Utility, Building and Equity | Symposium 2023

April 18 @ 7:00 am - 2:30 pm

Equity and inclusion in the construction sector is integral to moving Greater Cleveland forward. But what does that mean in practice – and how do we get there?  On Tuesday, April 18, construction ecosystem owners and leaders will gather to share knowledge, ideas, best practices and challenges in making the regional construction industry more equitable – and you are invited.  Greater Cleveland Partnership’s 2023 Construction Utilities Buildings & Equity (CUBE) Symposium will take place at the Intercontinental Hotel, with the goal of advancing equity in construction.

The event will include keynotes, panels, workshops and lunch. Discussions will focus on:

  • Data and trends influencing the construction sector nationally and regionally.
  • Leaders who have successfully leveraged diverse teams, across project phases, sharing evidence of genuine partnership and wealth building with communities of color, especially minority business enterprises (MBEs).
  • Honest conversations led by MBEs, about the unique challenges of operating and growing a successful construction business.
  • Leveraging public policy, including community benefit agreements, to ensure that public investments flow in a more equitable way to communities of color, women and other historically underserved or marginalized groups.
  • Networking with construction sector eco-system leaders across our region and beyond.

Register here, and visit greatercle.com for updated details on speakers and topics as the event approaches.


  • 7:00am Registration Open and Breakfast/Networking
  • 8:00 – 9:00am Welcome and Opening Session
    Kevin Clayton, Senior Vice President, Head of Social Impact & Equity, Cleveland Cavaliers
    Eric Gordon, CEO, CMSD and Co-Chair of the CUBE Initiative
    Baiju Shah, President and CEO, Greater Cleveland Partnership   
    Pat Rios, Executive Director, Buildings & Design, Cleveland Clinic Co-Chair of the CUBE Initiative  
  • 9:05 – 10:20am Keynote Panel – Boston Omni Hotel Team/Massport Model – The Power of Creative Collaboration * Special Emphasis, Rev. Dr. Otis Moss, Jr., Pastor Emeritus, The Olivet Institutional Baptist Church
    Christopher Nance, Vice President, Construction & Inclusive Talent Initiatives
    Richard Taylor, Chairman, Taylor Smith Group 
    L. Duane Jackson, Managing Member Alinea Capital Partners
    Jonathan Moody, Partner, Moody Nolan 
  • 10:30 – 11:45am Diverse Contractors: A Conversation
    * Special Remarks – Blaine A. Griffin, President, Cleveland City Council, City of Cleveland
    Ariane Kirkpatrick , CEO AKA Team
    Sandra Madison , CEO, Robert P. Madison International
    Shakorie Davis , President, Next Generation Construction
    Dominic Ozanne, President, Ozanne Construction
    Rhoni Thompson, CEO, R.L. Cole Enterprise
    * Lisa Bottoms, President, Bottom Line Consulting Group 
    * Josh Perkins McHamm, Vice President of Business Development, McTech Corporation 
    Chelsea Maldonado, President, Maldonado Construction Services 
  • 11:45am – 12:45pm Lunch and Networking
  • 1:00pm – 2:15pm Building Homes in Cleveland – Activating our ecosystem to scale MBEs in residential construction 
    * Moderator, Patrice Blakemore, Senior Vice President, Equity & Inclusion, Greater Cleveland Partnership
    Clarence Day, Intermediary Advisor, Griffin Moor International 
    Keisha Gonzalez, Program Director, The Cleveland Foundation
    Dennis Roberts, Director, of Real Estate Development, Cuyahoga Land Bank 
    Alyssa Hernandez, Director of Community Development, City of Cleveland
    William Willis, Senior Director, Cleveland Development Advisors 
    Kwame Botchway, Director of Community Impact & Innovation, Village Capital/Cleveland Neighborhood Progress 
    * Ramonita Vargas, CEO, Spanish American Committee  
  • Symposium Concludes

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April 18
7:00 am - 2:30 pm


Greater Cleveland Partnership Events
(216) 592-2376


Intercontinental Cleveland
9801 Carnegie Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44106 United States
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