HBS-NEO Harvard Business School Club of Northeastern Ohio HBS-NEO

Programs: Dinner Meetings

The following events are open to all members, spouses and guests. Times and locations vary.

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Upcoming Events


April 4, 2017


Fieldstone Farm Therapeutic Riding
Leslie Mapes - COO


April 24, 2017


GM Metal Fabricating Division - Parma
Lamar Rutger - Plant Manager
Geoff Mince - Assistant Plant Manager
Dan Click - Maintenance Manager
Join Us For a Tour of the GM Parma Metal Center

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HBS-NEO Dinner MeetingThe facility opened in Parma in 1947 and comprises 165 acres with 2.3 million sq.ft. of manufacturing space. The plant employs 1,267 people and processes 1,000 tons of steel daily.

This facility supplied over 65 million parts in 2016 to assembly plants across GM North American and was at the forefront of the team concept movement, positive labor-management relations and high quality. These highly successful initiatives have assured its future as a GM facility.

GM recently announced another $220 million investment in the facility. The plant produces interior parts for GM vehicles, and has both metal stamping and metal assembly, utilizing flex cell technology.

Attire: Plant safety suggests slacks, requires no open toe or high heel shoes, and no sleeveless shirts. Both eye and hearing protection will be required and supplied.

Access: Enter through the driveway south of the main circular entrance through the security gate where you will be directed to park. We will be escorted to a conference room where we will begin our evening with a presentation by Plant Manager Lamar Rucker followed by Q & A, and tour.


General Motors Parma Plant
5400 Chevrolet Blvd.
Parma, OH


  • 5:30 - check in for nourishment and tour preparation
  • 6:30 - presentation and Q&A, followed by tours (NOTE: all tours will leave at the same time)


  • HBS Patrons - no charge
  • Members - $45
  • Non-Members - $55

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May 4, 2017


2017 Leadership Award
David Gilbert - President & CEO
Destination Cleveland


Harvard Business School Club of Northeastern Ohio is proud to announce the selection of David Gilbert—President & CEO, Destination Cleveland—as recipient of the 2017 Leadership Award.

On May 4, 2017 we will honor him for his work with Destination Cleveland, the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission, and the Republican National Convention.

Formal invitations to the event will be mailed at a later date; however, we anticipate that this event will be very popular and are offering you the opportunity to reserve early.


  • HBS Patrons - no charge
  • Members - $125
  • Table of 10 - $1,100

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Past Events


August 30, 2016


A Night At the Zoo
The Tiger Passage


The Cleveland ZooThis year, members of our Board of Trustees arranged for us to have a most exceptional "family-friendly icebreaker" which was open to all friends and family of the club members including children and grandchildren.

The Rosebrough Tiger Passage is the new state-of-the-art home for Cleveland Metroparks Zoo's two Amur Tigers. Opened in June 2016, this beautiful exhibit is a world-class habitat and a conservation education resource for the Cleveland community. It reflects a $2.5 million commitment from the Cleveland Zoological Society toward the exhibit's cost, including a naming level gift from Northeast Ohio philanthropists Carol and Walt Rosebrough.

September 29, 2016


Western Reserve Land Conservancy
Rich Cochran - President and CEO
Natural Assets: The Foundation for Enduring Prosperity


HBS-NEO Dinner MeetingSeptember offered us the opportunity to visit and tour the Western Reserve Land Conservancy, a unique organization committed to the preservation of our beautiful Western Reserve. This event was recommended to us by three of our alums which pushed it to the top of the list for 2016-17.

The Western Reserve Land Conservancy is a private, nonprofit conservation organization formed from the merger of three organizations, and encompassing a region from Sandusky Bay to the Pennsylvania border, and from Lake Erie to Wayne County.

October 19, 2016


Global Networking Night

At Stone Mad in the Gordon Square Area

On this night, HBS alumni throughout the world come together for an evening of networking and HBS memories at Stone Mad, a unique restaurant pub in the Gordon Square District on West 65th Street, north of Detroit Street.

November 7, 2016


Dively Entrepreneur Event & Award
Failed, Fired...& Succeeded: Four Great Entrepreneurs Tell Their Tales
At the Museum of Contemporary Art


Failing and being fired took center stage as four successful entrepreneurs talked about these two topics. Included new research on entrepreneurial failure and resilience by Prof. Tom Eisenmann, Co-Chair, HBS's Rock Center for Entrepreneurship.

  • Buffy Filippell - Founder, TeamWork Online
  • Stewart Kohl - Co-CEO, The Riverside Company
  • Dan Moore - CEO/Chairman, Dan T. Moore, Co.
  • 2016 Dively Honoree Rocco Di Lillo - Chairman:
    • City Visitor Communications
    • PorchLight Rental Services
    • PCX Corporation
    • Advanced Hydro Solutions

December 7, 2016


Holidays at the Hofbrauhaus
HBS / Booth / Darden / Kellogg / Stanford / Columbia / Wharton


The Harvard Business School Club of Northeastern Ohio held its second annual Holiday Social for business school alums in NEO at The Cleveland Hofbrauhaus. Opened in October 2014, the The Cleveland Hofbrauhau is modeled after the 400 year old original in Munich, Germany, and has no lack of food, fun, and (of course) beer. Take the staircase just south of the Bier Stube and you will find yourself in the Festaal (celebration room). Murals and paintings adorn the room, and the simple grandeur of the space leave you nothing short of awestruck!

January 30, 2017


Cleveland Institute of Art Tour
Grafton Nunes - President


HBS-NEO Dinner MeetingClevleand Institute of Art

  • One of Cleveland's great assets
  • 135 years as an educational cornerstone in Cleveland
  • One of the nation's leading accredited independent colleges of art and design
  • On a new unified campus
  • Received Award of Excellence from the Cleveland Engineering Society for the new facility
  • Specialty areas include industrial design, ceramics, graphic design, animation, game design, glass
  • Nationally renowned alums
  • Alums have a significant presence in design in the American auto industry

Grafton Nunes

  • Joined CIA in 2010 as its 10th President (yes, only 10 presidents in 135 years)
  • Has increased enrollment
  • Executed a highly successful capital campaign
  • Renovated the school's signature building
  • Previously at Emerson College in Boston where he was the Founding Dean of the School of the Arts
  • Prior to Emerson he was at Columbia University where he was Associate Dean of Columbia's School of the Arts
  • BA from Holy Cross; MFA and MPhil from Columbia

February 22, 2017


Young Alums Happy Hour
At Winking Lizard, Bedford Heights


March 14, 2017


Cumberland Development
Dick Pace - President
Lakefront Project



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