Blazing The Career Trail: A Look at Best Practices Statewide For Creating And Managing Effective Career Pathway Efforts​

2:10 PM – 3:00 PM, Room 4

3:10 PM – 4:00 PM, Room 4

A survey of different career pathway efforts from across the state and how they respond to regional workforce and employee needs.

Eric Gordon was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Cleveland Metropolitan School District in June 2011.He is responsible for the leadership and daily management of Cleveland’s 35,600 student school district.

In July 2012, Mr. Gordon led a citywide coalition to develop Cleveland’s Plan for Transforming Schools which resulted in dramatic improvement in academics over the last decade. Following years of decline in post-secondary enrollment, Mr. Gordon then led a city-wide coalition in bringing Say Yes to Education to Cleveland that, for the next 25 years, will make CMSD students eligible for full-tuition scholarships upon graduation. After the launch of the Say Yes scholarships, CMSD saw its first increase in postsecondary education enrollment in five years, from 44 percent to 49 percent.   

Among his many awards, CEO Gordon received the Green-Garner Award in 2016, distinguishing him as the top Urban Educator of the Year, the highest national honor for an urban school superintendent. Mr. Gordon’s engagement in the Cleveland community is evidenced the Diversity Center of Cleveland’s Humanitarian Award, Inside Business Magazine’s Power 100 Award and Smart Business Magazine’s Top 50 Award, which honors the most successful executives in northeast Ohio, and most recently the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation’s Outstanding Ohio Superintendent Performance Award.

Shana Marbury, Esq. is general counsel and senior vice president, talent for the Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP). Shana oversees legal affairs for the GCP and several of its affiliated entities. She also is responsible for GCP’s efforts and initiatives related to its organizational strategic priority in talent.

Prior to her employment at the GCP, Shana worked as a consultant in the areas of diversity and inclusion. She assisted in developing diversity training materials focused on interpersonal relationships among people of a variety of backgrounds, worldviews, customs and values in the 21st century workplace. Shana co-facilitated training where participants were introduced to core diversity concepts and developed competency in their application.

Before consulting, Shana worked as a labor, employment and school law attorney in the Cleveland office of Squire, Sanders & Dempsey, LLP (now Squire Patton Boggs). She counseled private- and public-sector employers, including public school districts and private schools, on staff, administrative and faculty labor and employment issues, concerns regarding state and federal civil rights laws and educational statutes, investigations, student discipline and other student-related issues.

Autumn Russell, a recognized thought leader on aligning education and workforce systems with an equity lens, serves as Executive Director of the Greater Cleveland Career Consortium (GCCC)— a collective group of cross-sector partners who are committed to ensuring all youth graduate high school with a career vision and plan. Throughout her career, she has been dedicated to career pathway design and work-based learning models. Prior to GCCC, Russell co-designed Early College, Early Career, a nationally recognized best practice youth apprenticeship program. Earlier in her career, she managed education reform strategies at the Ohio Department of Education, served as Diversity Director at the Cleveland Metropolitan School District, and managed workforce development programs at Cleveland State University and Cuyahoga Community College. 

Autumn holds a masters in education administration and leadership and a bachelors in organizational development. Past awards for her work include Crain’s Business 40 Under 40, Greater Cleveland Partnership’s Economic Inclusion Champion, and Bank of America’s Neighborhood Builder. Russell is a class of 2021 Leadership Cleveland graduate, and a community leader who serves on the Boards of Karamu House and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Cleveland. 

She enjoys spending quality time with her husband Michael, and their three daughters