Dr. Nizar Zein, Baiju Shah, Michele Connell, Peter Clarke and Jack Schron
Crain's Cleveland Business Editor Elizabeth McIntyre introduced the panelists and served as moderator.
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The panelists were asked about the challenges of workforce development, training and finding the best talent.
They were then asked how to best position Northeast Ohio for economic growth.
In the Q&A session the panel was asked if they work with the existing ethnic organizations representing the 117 distinct ethnic groups in Cleveland.
In response to another question, Michele Connell spoke of the different lifestyle challenges for newcomers and challenges with the airport and Jack Schron spoke of their efforts to make everyone aware of the importance of the international workers and customers.
The panelists were asked about hiring existing talent in the region and the primary answer was the use of internships.
Baiju Shah, Peter Clarke and Jack Schron
Dr. Nizar Zein and Michele Connell
Peter Clarke and Jack Schron
The second panel was International Talent as a Regional Economic Driver with:
Dr. Giovanni Piedimonte
, Chairman of Cleveland Clinic Pediatric Institute, Physician-in-Chief of the Cleveland Clinic Children's Hospital, and President of the Cleveland Clinic Children's Hospital for Rehabilitation
Dany Bahar, Brookings Institution and Harvard University Fellow
Jeff Duerk, Dean of Engineering, Case Western Reserve University
Jacob Duritsky, Vice President, Strategy & Research, Team NEO
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