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Levin Leadership Series

Levin Leadership Series

Wednesday, February 17, 2021 | 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Thursday, March 18, 2021 | 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
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About this Event

We are pleased to introduce the new Levin Leadership Series! Hosted by Levin College’s Dean Anglin, students will learn about leadership in action as our guest speakers share their stories in public service and leading positive change within our surrounding communities.

Students will gain knowledge on the philosophy of leadership, explore responsible and purposeful service that meets community needs, and learn techniques to prepare for future careers in leadership roles.

​​​​​​​These engaging 45- to 60-minute sessions will center around topics including:

  • Leadership Fundamentals and Leadership Styles
  • Characteristics of Effective Leadership
  • Servant Leadership and Public Service
  • Importance of Partnerships and Collaboration
  • Democracy and Civic Engagement
  • Best Practices for Leadership
  • Creating a Shared Vision in a Community

Through these engaging discussions, students will develop a better understanding of what it means to be a leader in our region. Registration is encouraged but not required.

Save the Date for our first two virtual events in the series:

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 17 @ 2:00 – 3:00 PM

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Guest Speaker: Earl Leiken, Senior Fellow at the Levin College, Mayor of Shaker Heights, 2008-2018

Earl LeikenEarl Leiken is a Senior Fellow at the Levin College. During his term as Mayor of Shaker Heights, the City created a successful financial plan which overcame a crisis due to the 2008-2009 recession and a loss of state funding; achieved the development of the Van Aken project, a new residential, retail and commercial center for Shaker; created a major infrastructure improvement plan; developed a revitalization project for neighborhoods affected by the foreclosure crisis; and created a new regional police and fire dispatch center with four other communities. Prior to serving as Mayor, Mr. Leiken was a member of the Shaker Heights School Board and Shaker City Council, and was a partner in the law firm of Baker & Hostetler. He is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School. He has served as an adjunct faculty member at Cleveland State and Case Western Reserve laws schools and was an Associate Professor of Law and Assistant Dean at CWRU. He has assisted in courses at the Levin College and has taught a course on “American Local Communities and Their Challenges” at CWRU’s Siegal College.​​​​​​​

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​THURSDAY, MARCH 18 @ 12:00 – 1:00 PM

​​​​​​​Guest Speaker: Michael P. Summers, Senior Fellow at the Levin College, Mayor of Lakewood, 2011-2019

Michael Summers​​​​​​​Mike Summers is a Senior Fellow at the Levin College. He served as the Mayor of Lakewood from 2011 through 2019. During his nine years as Mayor, he served on the Board of the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACA) which allocates $40 million per year of federal and state transportation, and air and water quality investments. He served for three years as Chair of Cleveland’s First Suburbs Consortium, which is comprised of the seventeen cities that are contiguous to the City of Cleveland. He also served on the Board of the Cuyahoga County Landbank. He was awarded the National Environmental Achievement Award by the National Association of Water Councils for his work towards the Clean Water Act compliance for the city of Lakewood.

Prior to becoming Mayor, Mike Summers was elected to Lakewood City Council in 2007 to represent Ward 3. He also served eight years on the Lakewood Board of Education, including service as President in 1999 and 2003. He served as President and owner of Summers Rubber Company, Cleveland, Ohio for thirty-two years. Summers Rubber Company is an industrial distribution company specializing in hose, fittings, and sealing products for the durable goods manufacturing, chemical, and construction markets. He serves as a member of the Board of Directors of First Federal Savings and Loan Association of Lakewood. He was appointed by Governor Taft to serve as Chairman of Ohio’s Workforce Policy Board from 1999 to 2003.

Mike Summers is a graduate of Lakewood High School, Class of 1972. He earned an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, and a BA from Wittenberg University, Springfield, Ohio.

Join us on March 18 at 12 pm via Zoom:

ID: 834 6381 9068
Passcode: 637451

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