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Men's Elevation Conference Lead

The Men's Elevation Conference, presented by Step Forward, is a first-of-its-kind event in Cuyahoga County. It was an opportunity for men to come together and ignite a passion for growth through education, motivation, and celebration.


Topics throughout the one-day event included include financial literacy, entrepreneurship, physical and mental health, fatherhood and marriage and the importance of civic engagement.

I felt empowered by the openness and being understood as a man of color, feeling accepted, enrichment and encouragement.
I am grateful for the connections established, the information provided, the professionalism of each volunteer and the intentionality of the conference to help elevate men. Much gratitude to Step Forward!
The conference flowed seamlessly in all aspects! It was well organized and engaging. 
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Featured Speakers
This is a picture of Ahmaad Crump

Ahmaad Crump

Cleveland Cavaliers

This is a picture of Dr. Todd Kitchen

Dr. Todd Kitchen

Tri-C Eastern Campus

This is LaRese Purnell

LaRese Purnell

CLE Consulting

This is Al Grimes

Al Grimes

The Fatherhood Initiative

Dr. Greg Hall

Dr. Greg Hall

University Hospitals

Archie Green

Archie Green

The Cope Dealer

Jason Lockett Sr.

Jason Lockett Sr.

The Breadwinners Academy

Jerry Primm

Jerry Primm

CEO 360, Inc.

Andrew Newsome

Andrew Newsome


John Hairston

John Hairston

Congressional District 11

Dr. Jacklyn Chisholm

Dr. Jacklyn A. Chisholm

Step Forward

Conference Planning Committee

Derek Cluse

Jerry Primm

Douglass Bennett

Christopher Kelly

LaRese Purnell

Cecil B. Lee

Saaid Mansour

Austin Sims

LaRese Purnell

Judge Michael J. Ryan

Nelson Pagan

Taylor Wilson

LaRese Purnell presents as Keynote Speaker during the 2023 Men's Elevation Conference
Thank you to our 2023 sponsors
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Step Forward logo
Cuyahoga Community College Logo
Gallagher Insurance Logo

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