YWCA Greater Cleveland

It's Time to Talk

SAVE THE DATE: February 23, 2018

YWCA Greater Cleveland Presents It's Time to Talk: Forums on Race

Presented through a special partnership with Cuyahoga Community College.

Registration is now Closed 

It's Time to Talk 2017 

If not us, who? If not now, when?

After two successful years of hosting the It’s Time to Talk forum, we have engaged more than 1,000 women and men in conversations about race, discrimination, unconscious bias, and cultural competency in our community. 

The first two years of It’s Time to Talk were about building awareness and capacity. Now we must plan, take action, and welcome more community members. For It’s Time to Talk 2017, we believe that by creating a safe space to engage with multiple voices, we can embrace the reality of multiple perspectives. After the event, the real work begins, as our community shares, works, and learns together.

It’s Time to Talk is one of many events that is included as part of ”Stokes: Honoring the Past, Inspiring the Future”, and YWCA Greater Cleveland is a community partner for the Stokes initiative. It's Time to Talk is presented in 2017 through a partnership with Cuyahoga Community College and the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Humanities Center.  

Playwrights Local's recent production, Objectively/Reasonable, will be featured in It's Time to Talk. Original cast members Kaila Benford and Nathan Tolliver will open this half-day program with monologues from the critically acclaimed play about the 2014 shooting of Tamir Rice. 

For more information about this event, check out our press release



  • 8:15-9:00: Registration  |  Gallery walk, with conversation-starting imagery  |  Continental Breakfast
  • 9:00-10:00: Powerful keynote speakers (Joan Brown Campbell and Jane Campbell) and onstage presentation about Tamir Rice from Playwright's Local
  • 10:15-11:30: Circle conversations about race & racism in small groups
  • 11:30-12:30: World Cafe - Facilitated discussion about action steps and community needs
  • 12:30-1:00: Lunch and networking
  • 1:00-1:30: Regroup |  Commitment to community change  | Conclusion

 For more information please contact Heather Steranka-Petit, Manager of Learning Programs, at hsteranka@ywcaofcleveland.org or 216.881.6878. 


Click to see World Cafe 2017 Raw Data



CO-PRESENTER: Cuyahoga Community College




PACESETTER: Lubrizol Corporation, KeyBank


PIONEER: Advance Ohio, ideastream, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Greater Cleveland Alumnae Chapter, EY,                   Parker Hannifin, WKYC TV-3, University Hospitals


PATHFINDER: Cargill Deicing Technology, Fresh Water Cleveland, Jewish Federation of Cleveland


MENTOR: Allen Graphics, A.L. Wain Company, Hiram College, VNTG Home

Thank you to our presenting partners: Cuyahoga Community College, Playwrights Local,  Fresh Water Cleveland, Stokes: Honoring the Past, Inspiring the Future

Join this list of amazing sponsors. Stand up for social justice! We want this conversation to include as many voices as possible. Your sponsorship will help us offer free and affordable tickets to community members, non-profit organizations, and students. You are building foundations for change!


2016 Theme - Cultural Competency: Cleveland's Future

Keynote Speaker: Bernie Moreno
Moderator: Dr. Alex Johnson, Tri-C 


2016 Sponsors and Partners 

Cultural Discovery: MetroHealth



Inclusive Mentor: KeyBankForest City Enterprises, and Bernie Moreno Companies



 Media Partner:  Fresh Water Cleveland



Community Liaisons: Lubrizol, EY, ideastream, and Advance Ohio

Engaged Supporters: WKYC TV-3, A Place 4 Me, Akron Children's Hospital, Cuyahoga Community College, University Hospitals, Cargill Deicing Technology, Medical Mutual

Photo Gallery  - It's Time To Talk 2015 

We would like to extend a special thanks to Rodney L. Brown for capturing the essence of the 2015 It's Time to Talk forum. Click here to see the photo gallery from the 2015 event. 




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