Engage! Cleveland Connects Young Professionals

By Devon Jones

Are you a young professional looking for networking opportunities or recently relocated to Cleveland or both? Are you a company or organization that is looking for talented young professionals to join your team? As part of our educational series, we are highlighting an organization to create more awareness about professional networking and job opportunities in Cleveland.

Engage! Cleveland is a community engagement organization for young professionals and business/community leaders who are passionate about making Cleveland a lasting home for the next generation. The organization’s goal is to attract, engage and retain young, diverse talent to Greater Cleveland by connecting young professionals to people, jobs, organizations, and events.

Their work primarily focuses on two groups. One focus group is working with young professionals to create opportunities to help young professionals grow professionally and personally in Cleveland while helping them fall in love with our city and discovering everything it has to offer. The other focus group is working with employers to engage and retain their current young professionals while focusing on helping them attract new top young talent.

“Our cost of living comes in at 12.1% below the national average*, offering residents an affordable lifestyle in addition to great jobs, exciting weekend activities, and beautiful housing options,” said Ashley Basile Oeken, Engage! Cleveland president.

*Source: Cleveland-Elyria Metro Area, BestPlaces 2021

Young professionals can join Engage! Cleveland to get connected in the community and with organizations through a variety of ways. These include seeking employment opportunities via the Job Board, getting involved in the community via the Civic Engagement Board, exploring opportunities via the Young Professional Organization Directory and/or get engaged with the Diversity and Inclusion efforts.

Employers can become members of the organization to attract, engage, and retain young talent for their organization. Engage! Cleveland has carefully crafted an employer membership program that includes the following benefits:

  • Free, unlimited job postings to EC job board (45,000+ reach)
  • Two complimentary consulting hours with EC staff
  • Guaranteed table at EC’s annual Employer & Civic Engagement Fair
  • The ability for emerging professional employees to serve on the Leadership Council, EC’s associate board
  • Exclusive members only e-blasts about early registration, discounts, special news, and events
  • Invitations to elite Cleveland events with free or discounted tickets
  • One feature story in EC newsletter reaching 8,000+ (one-time offer)
  • Logo recognition on our website and in our monthly newsletter

Engage! Cleveland has a Leadership Council consisting of nearly 150 talented young professional volunteers who represent their employer members and the community. The council serves as an advocate for the young professional (YP) community by assisting in the planning and execution of EC programs and events and by promoting a positive YP experience in Cleveland. The Leadership Council are the eye and ears from the community to provide input on topic ideas, events and more.

One of the recent events by Engage! Cleveland was a Trivia Night held on July 22. To find more information about the organization, go to their website at www.engagecleveland.org.