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Young professionals embrace the North Coast – Crain’s Cleveland Business (blog)

Last week, I had the privilege of talking with a dozen members of the Cleveland Professional 20/30 Club, a nonprofit that provides young professionals with opportunities to connect and grow through more than 100 social, networking, philanthropic and educational events.

The club#8217;s #8220;CEO Dinner#8221; is a monthly event where 12 young professionals meet with a business person in town. I was honored to be their guest, but much more interested in listening than talking.

I was encouraged to hear the words these young professionals used to describe our town: Authentic. Manageable. Lots of opportunities. Fiercely loyal. Gritty and real. Cool. What I found was a group taking advantage of what our region has to offer, connecting with their surroundings and acting as ambassadors.

#8220;No matter how experienced one becomes at relocating, certain realities are inescapable. Relationships do not travel with you. While social media and technology bridge the divide, ultimately you arrive as a stranger in a strange land: devoid of the connections that are the bulwark against loneliness and ennui or which aid professional success. If it#8217;s #8216;all about who you know,#8217; then surely nothing shakes the etch-a-sketch of life quite like knowing no one,#8221; he wrote.

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