March 23, 2023: Chapter Meeting

Keynote Presentation

TOPIC: Deconstructing the Rockefeller Myth: A Cleveland Perspective
KEYNOTE SPEAKER: John J. Grabowski, Author, Speaker, WRHS Senior Vice President, Research & Publications and CWRU Krieger-Mueller Associate John Rockefeller

TOPIC SUMMARY:  This presentation will provide an overview of Rockefeller’s life and career, most particularly the role that Cleveland played at the beginning of his career. Importantly, the presentation will focus on the issue of his charitable donations to Cleveland.  They were more substantial and varied than many people think.  Contrary to popular opinion, a great deal of money derived from Rockefeller and Standard Oil, found its way to Cleveland.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER: John J. Grabowski holds a joint position as the Krieger-Mueller Associate Professor of Applied History at Case Western Reserve University and the Krieger-Mueller Chief Historian at the Western Reserve Historical Society. He also serves as the editor of the online edition of The Encyclopedia of Cleveland History and The Dictionary of Cleveland Biography. In 1996-1997 and 2004-2005 he served as a senior Fulbright lecturer at Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey. Dr. Grabowski received his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees in history from Case Western Reserve University. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. His publications include The Encyclopedia of Cleveland History, The Dictionary of Cleveland Biography, and Cleveland: A Tradition of Reform, which he co-edited with the late Dr. David D. Van Tassel.  He is also the author of Sports in Cleveland: An Illustrated History and Cleveland A to Z: Historical Essentials for Newcomers and Residents in Northeastern Ohio, and co-author of Polish Americans and Their Communities in Cleveland.  He and his wife Diane are the authors of Cleveland: A History in Motion, and Cleveland: Then and Now.   They, along with Professor David Hammack, are the editors of Identity, Conflict & Cooperation: Central Europeans in Cleveland, 1850-1930.  His most recent works include a history of Bilkent University, Cleveland Jews and the Making of a Midwestern Community which he co-edited with Sean Martin, and Cleveland’s Cultural Gardens: A Landscape of Diversity, which he authored in partnership with photographer Lauren Pacini. He and Diane reside in Cleveland Heights with their cats and a beautiful urban garden.

Professional Development Session

TOPIC: How Organizations are Modernizing their Benefits Strategies
SPEAKER: Kyle Anthony, President, Lockton Ohio

TOPIC SUMMARY: The best total rewards strategies enhance a business’ talent strategy to attract and retain the best talent while improving employee engagement. So, if talent strategy is a crucial differentiator in today’s “talent war,” why do so many organizations still operate with an outdated approach?

Set during a time when employers could treat masses of their employees the same – organizations are quickly learning (the hard way) that today’s workforce has differing and evolving needs. To meet the needs of an ever-changing world, organizations are looking at total rewards strategies through an entirely new lens.

In this presentation, we’ll discuss how organizations are modernizing their benefits strategies to consider:

  • Traditional bias and inequities in benefit design
  • Recognizing unique preferences and needs across five generations in the workforce
  • Where residence location and work schedule contribute to gaps in care
  • How cultural distinctions, language preference, and educational level must be considered when developing an engagement strategy
  • Considerations for review of plan designs and offerings to ensure they are consistent with best practices and legally compliant

ABOUT THE SPEAKER: Kyle joined Lockton in 2020 and brings over 25 years of leadership, sales, client management, analytics and underwriting experience in the human capital, employee benefits, total rewards and risk management fields on both the carrier and consultant side. His career started as a consultant with Behnke & Company where he helped grow the boutique firm into a formidable agency in the Midwest. In 2010, Kyle joined a top three global insurance broker to expand their business. Most recently, he served as a director of private equity, national accounts and affinity programs for Oswald Companies. He is a thought leader in his field and a regular panel member, speaker and contributor on a range of industry topics.

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Event Details/Registration

Foundry Rowing Club
1831 Columbus Road
Cleveland, OH 44113

Date: Thursday, March 23, 2023

4:00 – 4:30 pm      Registration/Bar open
4:30 – 5:30 pm      Professional Development Session
5:30 – 6:00 pm      Networking Reception
6:00 – 7:00 pm      Keynote Address
7:00 – 7:30 pm      Networking

Parking is available in the paved lot on the north side of the building.


  • Pre-registration is requested prior to noon on 03/22/23
    Walk-in reservations will be accepted on a space-available basis only.
  • No charge for FEI Members with pre-paid chapter dues
  • No charge for Strategic Partners
  • $50/per person for non-members