Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland

“Economic Forecast and Trends in Digital Currency”

TOM DOCKMAN is executive vice president of the eGovernment Department at the Cleveland Fed. Mr. Dockman joined the Bank as vice president of ecommerce strategic initiatives in 2015, and before that time he held senior leadership positions at financial services and technology companies such as Mitek Systems, Ally Bank, and Intuit. He has more than 20 years of product development and delivery experience in the financial services, insurance, and retail markets.


GUHAN VENKATU is a group vice president in the Research Department of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland. He leads the department’s regional analysis and outreach group. He joined the Bank in 1998 as a research analyst. In his tenure with the Bank, he has held positions of increasing responsibility including economist and vice president and senior regional officer of the Bank’s Pittsburgh Branch. His research and analysis have been a resource for the public, and he has advised and informed the Bank’s president and boards of directors.

Holiday Party

5:30 – 7:30 pm

The Harvard Business School Club of Northeastern Ohio invites you to the Fifth Annual Holiday Social for business school alums in NEO! Celebrate the start of the holiday season at Cedar Creek Grille in Beachwood with great friends, food, and libations.

HBS / Tufts / Booth / Darden / Kellogg / Wharton / Stanford / Columbia

Admission fee includes first drink and hors d’oeuvres

Blockland, Blockchain, and the Future of Technology in Northeast Ohio

Bernie Moreno is a native of Columbia who moved to Cleveland from Boston 15 years ago to buy a struggling Mercedes Benz of North Olmsted. He turned it around and built the Bernie Moreno Family of Dealerships which peaked at 15 dealers with annual sales over $1B.

Having recently sold off all but two of his dealerships. Moreno has turned his passion and energy to building the high technology industry in Northeast Ohio. He launched the effort in 2018 to make Cleveland a global hub for blockchain. He recently announced plans to turn Tower City into City Block – a $100MM+ technology hub. He backed up his civic efforts by starting Ownum, an incubator for applying blockchain to such every day applications as car titles and birth certificates. As if that wasn’t enough, he has served on many community boards including Destination Cleveland, The Cleveland Foundation, Cleveland State University , and MetroHealth.

Please join us to hear from the person Cleveland Magazine named the “Most Powerful Person” in Cleveland for 2019!

Dively Entrepreneur Award 2019

Join HBS NEO as we honor the recipient of the 2019 Dively Entrepreneur Award:

Joe Kanfer, Venturer – GOJO
Skin Health and Hygiene Solutions from the Inventors of PurellTM

Joe Kanfer took his family company from a product to a household name known worldwide as the gold standard – Purell.™ On the journey from manufacturing at home to a worldwide presence, Joe used his entrepreneurial spirit and education to overcome customer objections, product false starts, and more to grow to the amazing success story GOJO® is today.

Joe holds a B.S. in Economics from The Wharton School, a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School and is the recipient of humanitarian awards for his philanthropy.

GOJO®, the inventor of PURELL™ Hand Sanitizer, is the leading global producer and marketer of skin health and hygiene solutions for away-from-home settings. The broad GOJO product portfolio includes hand cleaning, handwashing, hand sanitizing, skin care formulas, and surface sprays under the GOJO®, PURELL™ and PROVON® brand names. GOJO® formulations use the latest advances in the science of skin care and sustainability. GOJO® is known for state-of-the-art dispensing technology, engineered with attention to design, sustainability, and functionality. GOJO® programs promote healthy behaviors for hygiene, skin care, and compliance in critical environments. GOJO® is a family enterprise headquartered in Akron, Ohio with operations in the United Kingdom, France, Australia, Japan, Mexico, and Canada.


Global Networking Night

Get on your mojo with local northeast Ohio alums as HBS alums around the world gather on one night. Experience the power of the HBS network, make new connections, see old friends.

Enjoy a relaxing evening of networking at the home of Kim and Sam Hartwell ‘88 who have graciously agreed to host this event!

Weather permitting we will be gathering around the pool so a light jacket or sweater is suggested.

Parking is available on the north side of the street. Please use the circular drive for dropoff/pickup only.

HBS Baker Foundation Professor Lynda Applegate

Lynda Applegate will present a case study to our Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management Class. Patrons and recent grads (2018 and 2019) will be invited to attend.

Holden Arboretum

Please join the HBS Club of Northeastern Ohio for a Sunset Hike at The Holden Arboretum followed by a presentation from President & CEO—Jill Koski.

Holden Arboretum recently merged with the Cleveland Botanical Garden and is now the 12th largest public garden in the country—Jill was named President in November 2017 and came to Cleveland after serving in various roles at Morton Arboretum and Shedd Aquarium in Chicago.

Founded in 1908 by Albert Fairchild Holden in memory of his deceased 12 year old daughter, Holden Arboretum, which now has over 3,600 acres in Lake County, was modeled after the Arnold Arboretum, at a place you may have heard of called Harvard University.

We hope you will agree that there is no more beautiful time of year to see the natural beauty of Northeast Ohio than twilight in early Fall.  If you are unable to join us for the hike, you are welcome to tour Holden’s visitor center prior to Jill’s presentation.

Trees are important to our world — they cool the earth — they provide us with oxygen —they benefit wildlife — they sequester carbon to help fight climate change — they provide a canopy!

Note: Plan to dress casually/comfortably for the evening weather and wear hiking boots — you can change shoes after the hike if you like.


HBS NEO Connects at Forest City Shuffleboard Arena and Bar

HBS NEO Connects at Forest City Shuffleboard Arena and Bar. Please join us for a casual evening of fun and hanging out at one of Cleveland’s newest, unique recreational venues.

Everyone on their own for food/drink.

Stay tuned for another HBS Connects event in Spring 2020!


Icebreaker featuring Conservation and Creativity

Please join old friends and make new ones at the 2019-2020 Icebreaker event for the Harvard Business School Club of NE Ohio. 

ICA – Art Conservation was the nation’s first non-profit regional art conservation center founded in 1952 by six major midwest museums to provide professional, high quality, and cost effective art conservation services. The ICA was the model used by the National Endowment for the Arts, when it began dispersing start-up funding to create a network of similar centers across the United States in 1971.

For the first fifty years of its existence, ICA was on the campus of Oberlin College and provided a Master’s Degree in art con-servation through the college. That program was discontinued in 1978 but the ICA’s training, research, and degree program provided a significant contribution to the formation of a recognized group of professional conservators. Graduates and trainees have gone on to develop conservation laboratories at many institutions including the Cleveland Museum of Art, Indianapolis Museum of Art, and Balboa Art Conservation Center and continue to be leaders in today’s conservation field.

We will tour the newly renovated facility fitted with conservation laboratories and a climate-controlled art storage facility.

Ohio City Galley, the third food hall and restaurant accelerator from Galley Group, is the launch pad for the most exciting new restaurant concepts in Clevela

nd. The mission is to cultivate & accelerate aspiring restaurateurs by providing a forum to showcase their capabilities, hone their craft, develop business acumen, and build a cult following behind their concepts. We will enjoy the offerings of the four current culinary startups – TINMAN – POCA – SAUCE THE CITY – FOREST CITY STEAK (moving in next week)

HBS NEO Leadership Award to recognize Beth Mooney

The Harvard Business School Club of Northeastern Ohio is pleased to announce the selection of Beth Mooney, Chairman and CEO of KeyCorp, as its 2019 Leadership Award recipient.  

Beth Mooney has been chosen as the club’s Leadership Award recipient for 2019.  Since she became Chairman and CEO in 2011, Beth has guided KeyCorp through a period of profound change in the banking industry.  Forbes has recognized her as one of “the World’s 100 Most Powerful Women” and Fortune Magazine has identified her among the top 50 “Most Powerful Women in Business” and in 2017, American Banker Magazine named her “Banker of the Year.”  She is a recipient of the “Corporate Responsibility Award’ from the Foreign Policy Association for Keybank’s civic leadership and community outreach.

Her impact on the Northeast Ohio community extends far beyond her corporate leadership.  She serves on the board of directors of the United Way of Greater Cleveland and acted as co-chair of the 2017/2018 campaign.  She is a former chair of the Greater Cleveland Partnership and she now serves as a Trustee and Treasurer of the Cleveland Orchestra and a Trustee of the Cleveland Clinic Foundation.

Whether in her role as corporate leader or community leader, Beth Mooney has had an immense positive impact on KeyCorp, Northeast Ohio and society in general.

About the Leadership Award…
Since 1959, the Harvard Business School Club of Northeastern Ohio has recognized one CEO or Chairman of a public, private, or non-profit organization for responsible leadership of the employees of his or her organization and for the impact that the individual has had on the broader Northeast Ohio community and society in general.