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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.



2017 CAAO Executive Matchmaker Reception

This is a great opportunity to network with the CAAO network and meet some executives that will be participating in the Executive Matchmaker in 2017!   The cost is $25.00 for general admission and free for CAAO's BESTT donors,

The 2017 Honorary Chair is Jazmin Long, Director of Community Relations and Strategic Partnerships, Global Cleveland. The MC will be Rhonda Crowder, Who's Who in Black Cleveland.

To RSVP click here.


2017 List of Executives 



Oren Baratz

Senior Vice President/External Affairs, Jewish Federation of Cleveland

Tami Caplan

Vice President/Mandel Leadership Excellence Center, Jewish Federation of Cleveland

Abbie Levin

Vice President/Development/Campaign, Jewish Federation of Cleveland

Dahlia Fisher

Managing Director, Marketing & Communications, Jewish Federation of Cleveland

Hedy Milgrom

Senior Vice President/Chief Development Officer, Jewish Federation of Cleveland

Barry Reis

Senior Vice President/Chief Financial Officer, Jewish Federation of Cleveland

Jessica Cohen

Managing Director, Community Relations, Jewish Federation of Cleveland

Lee Fields

Vice President/Community Development Manager at First Federal Lakewood











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Graduates of the CAAO Youth Innovation Forum participate in this pilot program that will teach the product development cycle by taking product concepts to market.


Youth Innovation

YIF promotes innovation and excellence in a unique education environment for students between the ages of 10 - 19.




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Donors and supporters select or draw for quality one on one time with 20+ executives , celebrities, and community leaders for unique business relationship building opportunities.




Round Tables

This will be quarterly meetings that bring together all CAAO BESTT Donors for combination of brainstorming, education, coaching, and support in a group setting to sharpen their business and personal skills.




CAAO’s BESTT (Base, Enhanced, Sustaining, Trust Builders, Trust Builders Plus) is a unique annual individual donors program.



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