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Bringing men together in Cleveland to ignite a passion for growth through education, motivation, and celebration.

Topics will include financial literacy, entrepreneurship, physical and mental health, fatherhood and marriage and the importance of civic engagement.
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Cuyahoga Community College
April 29, 2023
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Dedication. Expertise. Passion.

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Managing Partner, CLE Consulting Firm

Vice Chair, Step Forward Board of Directors

LaRese Purnell

LaRese Purnell has 18 years of experience in business management, tax and finance. He is one of the founders and managing partners of CLE Consulting Firm, an accounting, tax and payroll company located in downtown Cleveland. As a strong, innovative financial and strategic leader with both instincts and intellect, Purnell is a formidable combination in the business world. He has served in executive positions, leading business and finance departments within multi-million dollar for-profit and non-profit corporations.

Purnell is the author of Financial Foundations: Building Financial Freedom One Tool at a Time, where he uses everyday language to address the fundamental questions people have about money. Purnell also created The Real Black Friday, an organization that brings awareness to and creates educational and collaborative opportunities for hundreds of small Black-owned businesses. Purnell has traveled to over 35 cities nationally to teach financial literacy at conventions, seminars, colleges, universities and other events. 

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President and Chief Executive Officer, Step Forward

Dr. Jacklyn Chisholm

Jacklyn A. Chisholm, Ph.D. is President and Chief Executive Officer of Step Forward, the largest Community Action Agency in Ohio.  Step Forward is a private nonprofit dedicated to transforming lives through education, personal and professional development programs, and support services. 

  

Prior to joining Step Forward, Dr. Chisholm served as Chief Executive Officer of the Global Music Cultural Center (GMCC), a museum and cultural arts center planned for Atlanta, Georgia.  She is the former Vice President of Planning and External Affairs at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum where she was responsible for the development and implementation of the Museum’s strategic plan, management of government relations and community outreach activities, and Project Director for the construction of the Rock Hall’s $13 million Library and Archives.  Dr. Chisholm also served as Associate Vice President for Community Partnerships at Case Western Reserve University, where she developed the Center for Community Partnerships. 

 

A Cleveland native, Dr. Chisholm is a graduate of Case Western Reserve University, where she earned three degrees: Bachelor of Arts in medical anthropology, Master of Arts in psychological anthropology and a doctorate in psychological anthropology with an emphasis in educational anthropology. Most recently, she earned certificates in nonprofit leadership, nonprofit financial stewardship, creating public value and performance measurement for effective management of nonprofit organizations from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. She has earned additional certificates from Harvard Business School Executive Education, Cornell University Administrative Management Institute and the HERS/Bryn Mawr Summer Institute for Women in Higher Education Administration and was selected as a University of Pennsylvania Wharton Executive Fellow.

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Director, The Fatherhood Iniative

Al Grimes

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Urologic Oncologist, University Hospitals Urology Institute and UH Seidman Cancer Center

Minority Men's Health Director, UH Cutler Center for Men

Dr. Randy Vince, MD, MS 

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Strategy Consultant, CEO 360, Inc.

Step Forward Board of Directors

Jerry Primm

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