69th Annual Humanitarian Award Celebration

2023 Humanitarian Award Honorees

Robyn Minter Smyers
Thompson Hine 

Christopher Gorman
Chairman, CEO & President

Photos from the 68th Annual Humanitarian Award Celebration

Humanitarian Award Celebration 2022
Honoring: Darrell L. McNair and Tomislav Mihaljevic, MD

The premiere of our powerful new video by Goldfarb Weber Creative Media was a highlight of the evening. Watch it again here, and please share it with others who may not know about our work.

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Humanitarian Award Celebration 2021
Honoring: Craig Arnold, Andrew Berry and the Cleveland Browns Organization 

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If you missed our virtual Pre-show and Celebration, watch them below.

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Humanitarian Award Celebration 2020
Honoring: Sally Gries 

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If you missed our virtual Pre-show and Celebration, watch them below.

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69th Annual Humanitarian Award Celebration
Tuesday, November 14, 2023
Renaissance Cleveland Hotel
24 Public Square, Cleveland, OH 44113
5:30 p.m. Cocktail Reception
6:30 p.m. Program and Dinner
Attire: Business Casual

Celebrate with us at the 69th Annual Humanitarian Award Celebration!

The Annual Humanitarian Award Celebration is The Diversity Center of Northeast Ohio’s premier event. Since 1949, people who have demonstrated exemplary leadership in civic, charitable, and professional organizations have been honored by The Diversity Center of Northeast Ohio through this prestigious award.

Join us for an extraordinary evening of inspiration and recognition as we honor two exceptional individuals: Robyn Minter Smyers, Partner at Thompson Hine, and Christopher Gorman, Chairman, CEO & President of KeyCorp.

  • Hear from our honorees on how their exemplary leadership positively impacts Northeast Ohio.
  • Hear from students, teachers, and business leaders about their real-world experience with our programs and the positive outcomes they have seen as a result.

Raise funds that are critical for The Diversity Center's School & Youth Programs that:

  • Help thousands of children, teens, and young adults embrace their differences and become change agents in their schools and communities.
  • Enable educators to create inclusive learning environments.

These remarkable leaders have left a lasting mark on our community through their unwavering commitment to justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion!

Please join Honorary Co-chairs Rev. Courtney Clayton-Jenkins, Pastor & Teacher at South Euclid United Church of Christ, Stewart Kohl, Co-CEO of the Riverside Company, Lillian Kuri, Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer & President and CEO-elect at The Cleveland Foundation, and 2022 Humanitarian Award Honoree Darrell L. McNair, CEO at MVP Plastics; Board Co-Chairs Jill E. Hennessey, Market Leader, Northern Ohio at PNC Financial Services, Inc., and Robert E. Soroka, Sr. VP Human Resources at Fifth Third Bank; Master of Ceremonies Russ Mitchell, Channel 3 News Anchor, WKYC TV-3; and many special guests.

Now more than ever, The Diversity Center’s work is vital – your support is needed! You can help us make Northeast Ohio a welcoming place where all people are connected, respected, and valued.

When you support our work, you are helping a new generation of students and future leaders embrace their differences and become change agents for inclusion and diversity in our region. Each year, our combined programs touch more than 4,000 people in 8 counties throughout Northeast Ohio. Our goal is to help individuals and organizations recognize, understand, appreciate, leverage, and celebrate diversity. Your sponsorship(s) will allow us that opportunity.

Would you like to take your involvement to the next level? Consider becoming a sponsor for this memorable occasion. By clicking the sponsorship button at the top, you can explore the various sponsorship opportunities available. When you become a sponsor, you'll not only showcase your commitment to fostering diversity and inclusivity but also enjoy exclusive benefits and recognition throughout the evening.

For sponsorship opportunities click here or contact Brenda Saridakis, Director of Development, at bsaridakis@diversitycenterneo.org or 216-752-3000 ext. 230. 

Would you like to honor Robyn Minter Smyers and/or Christopher Gorman with a message in our Tribute book?
Click here or reach out to Cierra Hilson, Director of Special Events and Marketing, at chilson@diversitycenterneo.org or 216-752-3000 ext. 222.

Together, let's champion a future where every individual is valued and respected. Mark your calendar and reserve your spot at the 69th Annual Humanitarian Award Celebration. Your presence and support will make a significant difference in the lives of countless young minds.

Join us for a remarkable celebration of diversity, unity, and progress. See you there!

*the Honorary Celebration Committee listings are updated weekly

Leadership Champion

Inclusion Champion

Diversity Champion

Community Builder

Equality Advocates

Unity Partners

Applied Industrial Technologies

Cerity Partners

Cleveland State University

Dominion Energy Ohio Diversity Council

Lincoln Electric

Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District

The NRP Group

Oswald Companies

RPM International Inc.

The Sherwin Williams Company

United Way of Greater Cleveland