Join us for breakfast as we hear from prominent women leaders in Cleveland's non-profit and business sectors. Our panel of distinguished leaders will discuss what leading for change means to them, the importance of women in groundbreaking roles and how they inspire positive change.

Location: The Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs, Cleveland State University, 1717 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44115

Date: Thursday, December 6, 2018

Time: 7:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

  • 7:30 a.m. - Breakfast and Networking
  • 8:00 a.m. - Program and Speakers Panel

Registration:  To sponsor or purchase a ticket, click here.

Our distinguished panelists include:

Ariane Kirkpatrick is the Owner and President of The AKA Team. Based in Cleveland, Ohio, The AKA Team is a full service commercial construction and facilities company that partners with its clients to provide collaborative management and construction services via their commercial waterproofing self performing and construction management divisions. The company’s mission is to provide superior construction solutions in an innovative environment through the company motto – Always Known As the TEAM you can depend on. The AKA Team has worked on several projects such as the Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland Medical Mart Convention Center, Flats East Bank, CMHA Administration Building and many more.  

Geralyn (Geri) Presti, the President and CEO of The Music Settlement, has had extensive business and legal experience for over 30 years in both the public company domain, as well as in the non-profit sector. The Music Settlement is a 106 year-old community school for the arts with a budget of $4.2 million, located in Cleveland, Ohio. In this role, Ms. Presti is responsible for the financial sustainability, strategic direction and operations of the Settlement’s two campuses, as well as the BOP STOP, the organization’s jazz and blues performance venue. Prior to The Music Settlement, Ms. Presti was the Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for Forest City Realty Trust, Inc. (formerly Forest City Enterprises, Inc.), at that time a family controlled national real estate development company with over $11 billion in assets and a dual class capital structure traded on the New York Stock Exchange. 

Helen Forbes Fields, Executive Vice President of United Way of Greater Cleveland, oversees United Way's program investments and the Community Impact agenda. Her position requires building and maintaining relationships with external partners such as agencies, organizations, volunteers and donors to make a measurable difference in the quality of life of those in the Greater Cleveland community. Ms. Forbes Fields also advises on legal matters and initiatives. Prior to joining United Way, Ms. Forbes Fields was a partner at Forbes, Fields & Associates Co. LPA where she was active in the firm's public law and municipal finance practice.


Thank you to our generous sponors: