Joel Ratner, President & CEO of Cleveland Neighborhood Progress, was named the 2018 recipient of the Community Leader of the Year Award for Diversity and Inclusion. The award ceremony was hosted by Cleveland Magazine on November 8th at the Intercontinental Hotel.
Ratner was recognized for leading Cleveland Neighborhood Progress’ Year of Awareness Building efforts, an initiative that has provided racial equity training to thousands of community members. These monthly trainings are still being offered; the schedule can be located at www.clevelandnp.org/rei. Additionally, Joel led the organization to prioritize racial equity within its current strategic plan and the organization works to utilize a racial equity lens as it provides funding, support and programs across all city neighborhoods.
You can read more about the Community Leader of the Year awards here:
In addition to Joel’s award, five other leaders were celebrated and three individuals were inducted into the Business Hall of Fame. Cleveland Neighborhood Progress Board Chairman, Brian Zimmerman, was among the winners. As CEO of Cleveland Metroparks, Brian received recognition in the category of Environment and Sustainability. Congrats to all the winners!
Randall McShepard – Public Service & Government
Fred Bidwell – Arts
Joan Papp – Health Care
Brian Zimmerman – Environment & Sustainability
Lee Freidman – Education
Joel Ratner – Diversity & Inclusion
Dan Conway – Business Hall of Fame Inductee
Pat Conway – Business Hall of Fame Inductee
Pat Perry – Business Hall of Fame Inductee