October 24, 2023

8:00am-12:00pm | CWRU Tinkham Veale University Center

Packed top-to-bottom with expert content, BVU’s Civic Leadership Summit will unite nonprofit and business leaders for an unforgettable half-day of learning, connection, and action. For this year’s Summit, we look forward to exploring the theme Healthy Teams for Higher Impact.


Check-in; Breakfast; Visit Exhibits

Welcome and Opening Exercise
KeyBank; BVU; YMCA of Greater Cleveland

Building a Trust-Inspired Workplace
Sherry Neubert,
The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company

Emotional Intelligence and Resonant Leadership
Melvin Smith, Case Western Reserve University

Break; Visit Exhibits

Transforming Lives and Organizations with Small Acts of Courage
Scott Simon, North Pointe Realty and Scare Your Soul

Closing Remarks


BVU Members: $95

Nonmembers: $145

Meet the Speakers

Sherry Neubert, MBA

Vice President & Chief Information Officer
The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company

Gestalt-Certified Leadership Coach

Melvin L. Smith, Ph.D.

Professor of Organizational Behavior
Weatherhead School of Management
Case Western Reserve University

Co-Author of Helping People Change: Coaching
with Compassion for Lifelong Learning and Growth

Scott Simon

North Pointe Realty

Scare Your Soul

Author of Scare Your Soul: 7 Powerful Principles for Harnessing Fear & Living Your Most Courageous Life

Event Sponsors




Recognizing 2023 Richard W. Pogue
Civic Leadership Award Recipient Bruce Akers

As the Civic Leadership Summit commences, BVU would like to recognize a civic leader who played a crucial role in our story.

Established in 2019, the Richard W. Pogue Civic Leadership Award recognizes an individual who serves as a role model for community engagement, board leadership, volunteerism, philanthropy, and business support of Northeast Ohio’s nonprofit sector. This year, the honor was awarded to longtime business and community leader Bruce H. Akers.

“Bruce was one of BVU’s founders. He has set a beautiful example of a business leader giving back to the community for 60 years – and he continues to do so today,” said Board Chair Deborah Read. “Bruce’s commitment to the people of Greater Cleveland is an inspiration to us all.”

Over thirty years later, BVU continues to fulfill Akers’ vision, helping the entire community make an impact.

Presented By:

Akers receives the Richard W. Pogue Leadership Award at a BVU Board Reception on September 14, 2023 in celebration of the organization’s 30th anniversary.

Partner with BVU to display your company’s dedication to community impact.

To learn more about sponsorship opportunities, email Andrea Wlaszyn at awlaszyn@bvuvolunteers.org