Congratulations to the March 31, 2016 Raffle Winners!

Written by William Holdipp Jr on . Posted in Blog

An Iman Shumpert autographed hat, Cleveland Cavs                                           Constance Longmire  

2.     Nine hole golf outing for four, Cleveland MetroParks                                              Letitia Nall  

3.     One hour of coaching from Dr. Ellen Burts-Cooper                                                  Elliott Young, Jr. 

4.     One hour of coaching from William Holdipp Jr.                                                        Deona Davis 

5.     Workplace Interaction Assessment by Improve Consulting and Training Group     Joseph Wilson

6.     A gift certificate for a 10 inch Gourmet Cheesecake, Cakes and More                   John Lawyer

7.     30 minute free legal consultation, Sam Smith II, Esq.                                             Mark Young

8.     Commercial painting assessment, Edward Madden, EM Painting                          Woody Marcus 

9.     Salon gift certificate, So Curly So Kinky So Straight                                               Caroline Peak 

10.  Salon gift certificate, So Curly So Kinky So Straight                                              Mark Young

11.  Salon gift certificate, So Curly So Kinky So Straight                                              Cailah Fountain 

12.  Salon gift certificate, So Curly So Kinky So Straight                                              Ashleigh D. Johnson

13.  Salon gift certificate, So Curly So Kinky So Straight                                              London Young 

14.  Salon gift certificate, So Curly So Kinky So Straight                                             Frank Robinson

15.  Salon gift certificate, So Curly So Kinky So Straight                                             Bud Atkins

You will be contacted soon by CAAO to arrange pick up of your prize.

The non-winners remain in the pot for the next raffle drawing on Thursday, April 28, 2016

Congratulations to the March 31, 2016 Raffle Winners!

Written by William Holdipp Jr on . Posted in Blog

An Iman Shumpert autographed hat, Cleveland Cavs                                           Constance Longmire  

2.     Nine hole golf outing for four, Cleveland MetroParks                                              Letitia Nall  

3.     One hour of coaching from Dr. Ellen Burts-Cooper                                                  Elliott Young, Jr. 

4.     One hour of coaching from William Holdipp Jr.                                                        Deona Davis 

5.     Workplace Interaction Assessment by Improve Consulting and Training Group     Joseph Wilson

6.     A gift certificate for a 10 inch Gourmet Cheesecake, Cakes and More                   John Lawyer

7.     30 minute free legal consultation, Sam Smith II, Esq.                                             Mark Young

8.     Commercial painting assessment, Edward Madden, EM Painting                          Woody Marcus 

9.     Salon gift certificate, So Curly So Kinky So Straight                                               Caroline Peak 

10.  Salon gift certificate, So Curly So Kinky So Straight                                              Mark Young

11.  Salon gift certificate, So Curly So Kinky So Straight                                              Cailah Fountain 

12.  Salon gift certificate, So Curly So Kinky So Straight                                              Ashleigh D. Johnson

13.  Salon gift certificate, So Curly So Kinky So Straight                                              London Young 

14.  Salon gift certificate, So Curly So Kinky So Straight                                             Frank Robinson

15.  Salon gift certificate, So Curly So Kinky So Straight                                             Bud Atkins

You will be contacted soon by CAAO to arrange pick up of your prize.

The non-winners remain in the pot for the next raffle drawing on Thursday, April 28, 2016

CAAO's BESTT Going to Africa!

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My name is Laura Cowan. I’m a community activist, domestic violence advocate and a survivor of domestic violence. I survived one of the most notorious abuse cases in recent California history. My children I was locked up in a garage by my ex-husband, who beat, starved, tortured and raped me in front of my children for a little over 6 months. One day, at a small post office in town; while being escorted there by my captor, I was able to slip a letter of distress to a post office worker. The authorities were contacted and my family and I were freed. Now I have vowed to help victims of domestic violence and have become a strong advocate in my community.  

In my journey I got involved with several groups and organizations. One was called “Positive Plus” which was created by Yvonne Pointer, nationally known Cleveland anti-violence activist, author, motivational speaker, and philanthropist who formed Positive Plus in 1985 as a direct result of the tragic event that occurred in her life; which was the 1984 murder of her daughter Gloria. Positive Plus helps individuals to realize their God given abilities so they can rediscover themselves and become whole again. As a result of Positive Plus and Yvonne’s vision, a school in Ghana, West Africa was built in the memory of her daughter called the Gloria Pointer teen Movement Education Center.

My goal is to teach classes as a virtual instructor at the Gloria Pointer Teen Movement International Center on teen dating violence, bullying, healthy relationships, HIV prevention and domestic violence. I will also train other instructors there on the curriculum to educate and bring awareness to the masses. August 7th there Yvonne Pointer and others – including myself, will be flying out to Ghana for the dedication of the Gloria Pointer Teen Movement Education Center. I’m requesting your assistance to help sponsor me to attend mission and become their instructor.   

Your contribution of $100, or an amount you can pledge at this time, will go toward my travel to West Ghana Africa which covers lodging, all meals and bottled water, local transportation and much more such as any supplies I would need in the classroom. I really need your support and I appreciate any contribution you can make to help me make this trip to Ghana and to continue my cause of spreading awareness of domestic violence by reaching out to the children in USA and now Africa.  Please take a moment, go this website, read the story and make a contribution today:

https://rally.org/f/g9w4Cm3aS5R

 

Three organizations meet to share information

Written by William Holdipp Jr on . Posted in Leadership Development

               

On February 27, 2015, the Urban League of Greater Cleveland, the Consortium of African American Organizations (CAAO), and the Neighborhood Leadership Institute Alumni Association came together to share information.  This event was a powerful information session.  Many of Cleveland's communities were represented.  Both CAAO and the Urban League shared information about their programs.  Many of the attendees want to do this event again next year and committed to getting involved with the Urban League, CAAO and, and the Neighborhood Leadership Institute. I was very happy to see this.  I was wearing duel hats at this event.  I represented CAAO during its presentation and I am the Co-chair of the Neighborhood Leadership Alumni Committee.

Working in the same building as the Urban League has been a great resource for CAAO.  It has created much collaboration between our organizations.  Organizations in the black community need to figure how collaborate more without feeling threatened. 

 

 

Cleveland Emerging Leaders Please Apply!

Written by William Holdipp Jr on . Posted in Leadership Development

Are you:

Looking for those skills that will help you with success in the work place?

Looking for those connections to help take your business to the next level?

Looking to understand Cleveland’s treasures and challenges?

Interested in Civic Leadership?

Take action and have impact?

 

If your answer yes to at least one of the above question, than you should continue reading.  I want to tell you a bit about an organization called Cleveland Bridge Builders (CBB).  I heard about Cleveland Bridge Builders in my third year in Cleveland.  I wasn’t sure Cleveland was the place for me.  It was a complete culture shock.  After talking to a colleague who worked in the same building as me, I decided to give it a try and apply for Cleveland Bridge Builders.  Eleven years later and I am still reaping the benefits of making the decision to apply.

Cleveland Bridge Builders prepares mid-career professionals of all ages for meaningful, fulfilling and impactful engagement in the community. The program provides a unique environment that fosters teamwork, growth and learning to create a transformative experience that promotes and supports participants for a greater role in the community.

I graduated from Cleveland Bridge Builders in 2004 and enjoyed the opportunity to develop my understanding of leadership with a group of individual that came from all sectors of the workforce.  Once I graduated from the program, I wanted to stay connected to the program, so I became a lifetime alum and I joined to board of Cleveland Builders Builders.

Eleven years later I still participate in the programs for alum.  I have had the pleasure of meeting Jack Dorsey, Co-Founder of Twitter and Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman of Google, as a result of staying engaged in the alumni programming.

Cleveland Bridge Builders helped spark my interested in civic engagement that now has me actively working with community programs focused on making Cleveland a better place for all.

Cleveland Bridge Builders is now accepting applications for its next class.  I would encourage you to seriously consider applying.  You can find the application at http://www.cleveleads.org/CBB/Apply  I hope to see you at a future Cleveland Bridge Builders Alumni event.