• New CAAO Board Member Felesia Jackson receiving her CAAO pin from CAAO Board Chair Gwen Davis.
  • New CAAO Board Member Letitia Nall receiving her CAAO pin from CAAO Board Chair Gwen Davis
  • CAAO's new board members, staff, and volunteers
  • New CAAO Board Member Deona Davis receiving her CAAO pin from CAAO Board Chair Gwen Davis


…. CAAO Looks, Listens and Links


Welcome to CAAO.net

CAAO (pronounced K-O) is an umbrella consulting organization for the black professional organizations of Northeast Ohio. CAAO serves as a conduit and referral source to existing resources for entrepreneurial development, professional development, and leadership empowerment for its member organizations and their members.

In addition, CAAO has developed a variety of benefits and services including a joint calendar, job referrals, business leads, and three empowerment circles: entrepreneurial, non-profit and leadership.

CAAO’s member organizations communicate with over 30,000 black professionals on a regular basis. Thus, CAAO serves as a dynamic link to the “New Economy” for black professionals of Northeast Ohio.




I learned so much about myself just through Monika’s workshop version of her “Life Mapping” technique and with her book and journal I look forward to a “deeper dive” into the process. Thank you Monika and CAAO for the opportunity to both volunteer and participate in this wonderful retreat!”- Brenda D. Smith, CAAO Volunteer




2013 Leadership Retreat

African American community comes together annually to build collaborative relationships to build a support system for leaders, promote community change, and keep the critical issues in the Black communities of Northeast Ohio in the forefront of