Teaching Faculty

Guest Faculty Spring 2018

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This is a new way for you to learn, share and grow. It provides fresh opportunities for you to meet others looking to be leaders in the community. Our staff includes experienced community leaders from government, business, religion, healthcare and education. Each semester will have leaders with real world experience that will be able to guide our students to become a beacon in the world.

Semester One

CLELIFE 1001 Management Skills for Social Entrepreneurs


Management Skills for Social Entrepreneurs

Fall, 2017
Wednesday 6:30- 9:00 PM

Facilitating Instructors


Victor BullVictor L. Bull, Ph.D. – President of Cleveland Life Institute, Principal of The Canamex Group

The Canamex Group, a firm that assists companies in health care, energy and renewable resources in strategic business planning, risk management, compliance, evaluation of acquisition and divestiture candidates, assessing financing alternatives, and business strategies execution.



Jim RokakisJim Rokakis – Vice President, Western Reserve Land Conservancy; Director, Thriving Communities Institute. Jim Rokakis to questions about Thriving Communities Institute

Jim Rokakis is an urban visionary. The Western Reserve Land Conservancy vice president and Thriving Communities Institute (now, Thriving Communities) director is one of the nation’s leading experts on the foreclosure crisis and urban revitalization.  Rokakis has testified before Congress, and his tireless work to help neighborhoods with vacant, abandoned and dangerous homes has been featured on “60 Minutes” and in The Washington Post and The New York Times.

After serving on Cleveland City Council for 19 years – the last seven as chairman of the finance committee – Rokakis took office as Cuyahoga County Treasurer in 1997.  Faced with Cuyahoga County’s mortgage foreclosure crisis, Rokakis helped to write and pass Ohio House Bill 294, which streamlined the foreclosure process for abandoned properties. Additionally, Rokakis was the driving force behind a bill that allowed for the creation of the Cuyahoga County Land Reutilization Corporation, also known as the Cuyahoga County Land Bank.  It was the first county land bank in Ohio.

Under his leadership, Thriving Communities has helped establish county land banks throughout Ohio and has secured millions of dollars in needed demolition funding for cities across the state.  In addition, Thriving Communities has launched strong property survey, reforestation and research programs.

Dr. Diana Bilimoria – KeyBank Professor Department Chair, Organizational Behavior Professor, Organizational Behavior Weatherhead School of Business, Case Western University

Diana Bilimoria, Ph.D. is Keybank Professor and Professor and Chair of the Department of Organizational Behavior at the Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University. She received her Ph.D. in Business Administration from The University of Michigan.

Dr. Bilimoria’s research focuses on leadership, governance, gender diversity and inclusion in organizations. Her work helps individuals and organizations enhance their leadership contributions and impact to create positive benefits. She studies issues surrounding the representation, careers, quality of life and success of individuals in organizations, especially women and underrepresented minorities, particularly their advancement to and participation in senior organizational ranks such as in top executive teams and on boards of directors. Topics she studies include: How do individuals achieve their fullest potential as leaders and contributors in organizations? What facilitates women and minority group members becoming full participants in organizations, top management teams, and boardrooms? How can workplaces tap into all the capabilities of leadership and diversity? Her work has applications for individual, group, and organizational change. Her research has been used to facilitate the institutional transformation of research universities to become more inclusive of the contributions and development of women faculty. Other applications include the improvement of corporate and nonprofit organizational practices of recruitment, performance evaluation, advancement, and leadership development to attract and retain a diverse workforce.

Dr. Bilimoria has written several books including Women in STEM Careers: International Perspectives in Increasing Workforce Participation, Advancement and Leadership (2014), Gender Equity in Science and Engineering: Advancing Change in Higher Education (2012), Women on Corporate Boards of Directors: International Research and Practice (2008) and Handbook on Women in Business and Management (2007). She has served as the Chair of the Gender and Diversity in Organizations Division of the Academy of Management. She has published extensively in leading journals, has contributed to several edited volumes, and has received multiple research grants. She has been the editor of the Journal of Management Education and sits on the editorial boards of several journals in the business and management field.

Dr. Bilimoria is an expert in how leadership development can transform individuals, teams, and organizations. Her teaching focuses on executive leadership, emotional intelligence, women in organizations, diversity, and inclusion, and organizational transformation. She has served as an organizational consultant and management educator for private, public and nonprofit organizations, and as an advisor and coach for executives, managers and professionals.

Dr. Bilimoria received the Weatherhead School of Management’s Teaching Excellence Award in 2014, was a Cleveland, OH area ATHENA award finalist in 2013, received the Excellence in Higher Education Leadership Award from the American Council on Education (ACE) Ohio Women’s Network in 2012, the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women’s Spotlight Series Prize for Women’s Scholarship at Case Western Reserve University in 2007, and the Weatherhead School of Management’s Doctoral Teaching Excellence Award in 2002. She has been internationally recognized for her scholarship, leadership and service, including the 1999 Anbar Golden Page Award for her editorship of the Journal of Management Education, and Academy of Management Conference awards in 2010 (Gender and Diversity in Organizations Division), 2009 (Careers Division), 2006 (Careers Division), 1999 (Organizational Behavior Division) and 1997 (Organization and Management Theory Division)

Jason CarthenDr. Jason Carthen – Jason Carthen Enterprises, LLC., Professional Football Player with the World Champion New England Patriots, author, international speaker, media-personality

Hard work and determination have always been close friends of mine. Despite very humble beginnings and with many odds stacked against me, I have been able to thrive because of my faith and an unlimited amount of resilience. Whether it was from my birth in Alabama or my formative years in Toledo, Ohio, I have not been a stranger to struggle, rejection or dealing with loss.
However, even from my playing days at Ohio University from 1989 through 1992, where I was honored to be one of the most successful & celebrated athletes in Ohio University history, goodwill and favor has also been upon me. After a tremendously successful College Football career where I was elected team captain by my peers and became the All-Time Leader in Sacks, the All-Time Leader in Tackles for Loss, and the All-Time Leader in Caused Fumbles. I was a finalist for the Mid-American Conference player of the year and voted team MVP my senior year.

I would go on to play three years in the NFL before an injury curtailed my career. I played with the New England Patriots in 1993 to 1994 as an outside linebacker and then was injured in 1995 after signing a free-agent contract offer with the Jacksonville Jaguars. I would live and play football in NFL Europe for one more season before answering the true call upon my life…helping people to achieve their dreams in life and in business.

After my successful transition from the National Football League, I began my journey in Academia and business by earning a Master’s degree from Malone University, a Business Management Certification from The Harvard Business School and a  Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership from Regent University. I have served for over 25 years in the public and private sectors of leadership in an executive leadership capacity running multiple successful enterprises.

I have written several books, most recently 52 Ways To Tackle Leadership for Your Success™. I am also the author of the forthcoming book, Destiny Focused Leadership™ which is on the topic of leading with heart while guided by a long-term vision. I’m also the author of several journal publications academic in research and scope.  I have received awards from The U.S. House of Representatives for my contributions to the executive coaching and leadership development profession. I am regularly asked to come and provide expert insight on major media outlets such as NBC, ABC, ESPN, and TBN along with hundreds of radio programs where I have served as a thought leader on social justice and leading with emotional intelligence.
My work has been featured in Harvard Business, Forbes, E-Magazine and other noteworthy publications such as Christian Leader Today. In Academia, I have been privileged to serve as the final dissertation chair for some of the brightest students in the country. I am the founder of the  How To Speak Life & Create Wealth Course™,  Speak Life University®, and The Speak Life Academy©. I have been blogging here since 2011.

Our non-profit organization, The Leaders of Tomorrow Initiative provides mentoring, training and educational initiatives for youth and young adults who make the commitment to live their lives with purpose and passionate intention. Get involved with the Influence Study™!

Sherri BishopSherri Bishop – Senior Vice President, Institutional Relations and Development and Chief Development Officer, University Hospitals

Sherri L. Bishop, Esq. joined University Hospitals (UH) as Senior Vice President, Institutional Relations and Development, and Chief Development Officer in October, 2004. Ms. Bishop is responsible for leading the development program and comprehensive campaign; creating and executing a five-year strategic plan for significant growth of philanthropic revenues; and directing all philanthropic activities throughout the UH system. She leads a staff of 80 professionals and is accountable to the chief executive officer of UH, Thomas F. Zenty III, and the Development Committee of the UH Board of Directors. Sherri serves as a member of the UH Senior Leadership Council. Prior to UH, Ms. Bishop was at The Cleveland Clinic for 13 years in leadership roles of progressive responsibility, most recently as Vice Chairman of the Division of Institutional Relations and Development. She founded the PYRAMID Legacy Society and the highly successful planned giving program, was responsible for principal gifts and led the clinical component of the Clinic’s campaign. Prior to the Clinic, Ms. Bishop was a business and health law attorney with McDonald Hopkins Burke & Haber (1989 – 1991). She began her career at Procter & Gamble (1983 – 1987) where she was a top-ranked sales manager selected to train in their Sales Management Training School.

Ms. Bishop earned her J.D. from Case Western Reserve University Law School in 1990 and a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Cincinnati in 1982. She also attended Oxford College in England for comparative legal studies in 1987. Ms. Bishop is a Leadership Cleveland graduate (Class of 2008), inductee into In Counsel With Women (Northeast Ohio’s top female executives) in 2006, and has received the following awards: 2007 Outstanding Fundraising Executive (Association of Fundraising Professionals), 2006 Rainmaker (Health Care), and 2005 YWCA Women of Achievement.

Anthony PeeblesAnthony Peebles – Financial Advisor with Skylight Group specializing in life insurance, investment and retirement planning for business owners and professionals

Tony began his career with Ameritrust in the 1980s and spent 20 years with Fifth Third Bank as a commercial banking sales manager.  After a successful banking career, he ventured into the Insurance and Financial Advisor arena in 2008. He was 2011 New Organization Life Sales Leader for New York Life in 2011 and was a Million Dollar Round Table Qualifier for 2012. He also served as Chief Operating Officer of the Pinkney-Perry Insurance Agency.

Tony is active in the Greater Cleveland community having served as President of the City Club of Cleveland and Interim CEO of the Ohio Minority Supplier Development Council. He is also Co-Chair of Budget and Finance for the Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Ohio, Free and Accepted Masons and serves as the Chair of Finance & Audit for the Shaker Heights Board of Education.

Tony is a graduate of Duke University and holds an MBA from Baldwin Wallace University. He is an alumnus of University School.

Tony and his wife Tracy, a practicing attorney, live in Shaker Heights with their three daughters.

Anthony Peebles is a registered representative of and offers securities and investment advisory services through MML Investors Services, LLC.  Member SIPC OSJ: 2012 W. 25th Street, Suite 900, Cleveland, OH 44113. 216.621.5680.


Randy J. Samsel – CPA/CMA, Founder, and President

“Anyone can match a resume to an open job. We assist our clients in attracting talent to help them reach their strategic goals and help our candidates achieve their career objectives.”

Randy worked in the recruiting field for 25 years. He started eSearch in 1998 along with his business partner Ray Camma. Locally, he served as President of the Cleveland of Society of HR Managers and on the board of the Northern Ohio HR Planning Society.

Randy studied at the University of Pennsylvania, The Wharton School for his MBA, Tri-State University for his Bachelor’s Degree. He is a CPA (inactive) in Ohio and a CMA (inactive) in Texas.

Building on skills honed at National Accounting and Financial Search firms nationwide, eSearch was founded in 1998 to provide a focused solution for the Northeastern Ohio Accounting community.

Each a seasoned veteran of the accounting and financial recruitment field, the principals of eSearch together bring 35+ years experience and extensive contacts in the community.

Their success stems from our business approach. They strive to provide quality throughout the process and become an integral partner in both the job search and the hiring process. Honesty, integrity and straightforward advice separate them from the rest of their competitors. Even their name signifies leadership into the 21st century.

“Our mission is to deliver the experience of a national firm with the service only a local firm can provide.”

Semester Two



Fall, 2018
Wednesday 7:00- 8:30 PM