Virtual Events

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Upcoming Events


This year, the competition is run by gBETA, a program of nationally ranked startup accelerator gener8tor. gBETA is a free, seven-week accelerator for early-stage companies with local roots. Each program is capped at six teams, and requires no fees and no equity. 

Startups must have a current CWRU student (undergraduate or graduate) OR CWRU alum that has some equity stake in the company (either part of the founding team or early employee) are eligible to apply. Companies were selected with the help of Case Western Reserve University Professor Scott Shane’s Entrepreneurial Finance Class, with support from industry experts.

Program Dates: 
January 21, 2021 - March 12, 2021

Application Deadline
November 15, 2020, 11:59PM ET

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Join Case Western Reserve University for an in-depth examination of the next potential wave of COVID-19 victims - our wildlife. From marine mammals to the most endangered primates, new research is identifying risks and practical steps needed to mitigate the spread.

Our panel consists of three experts on wildlife and the impacts of COVID-19:

  • Dr. Martin Nweeia, Assistant Clinical Professor at the CWRU School of Dental Medicine, Lecturer at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine, and Research Scientist at the Smithsonian Institution and Canadian Museum of Nature;
  • Dr. Oliver Ryder, the Kleberg Endowed Director of Conservation Genetics for San Diego Zoo Global and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Evolution, Behavior and Ecology at the University of California, San Diego; 
  • Dr. Judy St. Leger, a veterinary pathologist, former Vice President of Research and Science for SeaWorld and current adjunct professor at Cornell University; and
  • Dr. Nicole Burt, Curator of Human Health and Evolutionary Medicine at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology and in the Department of Bioethics at the School of Medicine at CWRU.

The event will be moderated by Dr. Fady Faddoul, DDS, MSD, Chair of the Department of Comprehensive Care of CWRU's School of Dental Medicine. You can learn more about Dr. Martin Nweeia's research here.

Wednesday, October 21, 2020
5:30 - 7 p.m. ET

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The African American Alumni Association, in partnership with Case Western Reserve’s Office for Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity, invites you to join us for Profiles of Inclusive Excellence. This new series will feature in-depth conversations with faculty and staff from across campus — highlighting their work and research. 

For the first Profile of Inclusive Excellence, Heather Burton, PhD, senior director for faculty and institutional diversity, will conduct an in-depth interview with Provost and Executive Vice President  Ben Vinson III. Vinson will share his academic background and insight into his role as provost and executive vice president , along with his plans and vision for CWRU.

Learn about Provost and Executive Vice President Ben Vinson III

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The Alumni Association of Case Western Reserve University continues Spartans Step Up, a series of webcasts focusing on CWRU’s approach to the COVID-19 pandemic. Spartans Step Up: COVID's Impact on the Judiciary focuses on how COVID-19 has affected the practice of law, especially the daily functions of the United States court system.

Jessica Berg, JD, MPH, Dean of the School of Law at Case Western Reserve University, will moderate an expert panel of Case Western Reserve alumni who now serve as judges in local, state and federal courts, featuring:

  • Honorable Rebecca Dallet (LAW ‘94), Justice, Wisconsin Supreme Court 
  • Honorable Michelle Earley (LAW ‘99), Presiding Judge, Cleveland Municipal Court; and
  • Honorable Edmund A. Sargus Jr. (LAW ‘78), Judge, United States District Court, Southern District of Ohio

Viewers are invited to submit questions for the panel by registering for the livestream or submitting them during the webcast. Register to join the CWRU livestream or watch on The Alumni Association's Facebook page.

Thursday, October 29
9:30 a.m. ET/ 6:30 a.m. PT

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Join the Case Western Reserve's Social Justice Institute and the FOCUS Group School-Based Outreach in the Division of Student Affairs for a live webinar series focused on achieving equity within the health sector and the criminal justice system.

This webinar series brings together leading healthcare professionals, physicians, judges, social scientists, individuals with substance use disorders, criminal justice reform activists, policy experts, and diversity and inclusion advocates to examine how the current opioid crisis is increasingly impacting communities of color.

Our goal is to create meaningful conversations and collaborations to address the structural racism preventing communities of color, particularly Black Americans, from receiving treatment, recovery, and wraparound social services for opioid use disorder.

Our nationally recognized, interdisciplinary speakers will be showcasing evidence-based research and data from a range of urban and state contexts to provide strategies for broad-spectrum policy change both nationally and in the State of Ohio.
For full agenda and registration details, visit the website here.

Join The Alumni Association of Case Western Reserve University and the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women for a series of conversations on women's professional leadership journeys.

All alumni are invited to gather virtually for conversations that explore women's pathways in the pursuit of leadership, the obstacles they face along the way and the tactics that keep them moving forward.

The series provides an in-depth look at leadership, explored through conversations with successful alumnae leaders from various professions. Our next session will feature Vanessa Maier, MD, MPH (CWR '97; MED '04; GRS '07, epidemiology & biostatistics), family physician and Medical Director of the MetroHealth School Health Program, and Assistant Professor of Family Medicine at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. (See bio below.)

The conversation will be facilitated by Angela Clark-Taylor Director, Flora Stone Mather Center for Women.

Friday, November 6, 2020
3 p.m. ET/ 2 p.m. CT/ Noon PT

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All alumni are invited to join the Case Western Reserve University Detroit Alumni Chapter and technology consultant Gary Valentz (MGT ‘86) for an in-depth discussion on the electrically charged changes to the vehicle industry.
Learn about the significant differences and benefits between combustion engines and electric vehicles, including insights on the future of the transportation market.
Thursday, November 12, 2020
6 – 7 p.m. EST

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In Case You Missed It

Case Western Reserve University has launched Spartans Step Up, focusing on CWRU’s approach to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Upcoming episodes will cover protecting the elderly population, staying mentally positive, and recognizing and supporting those most vulnerable to the disease. For updates on the dates and times of future episodes, please follow The Alumni Association on Facebook.

View Past Episodes Here

During Homecoming Weekend, The Alumni Association of CWRU and the Veale Institute for Entrepreneurship hosted a panel discussion with young alumni entrepreneurs who shared their leadership advice, professional development and successes and challenges on their journeys to company founders

Moderated by Michael Goldberg, Executive Director of the Veale Institute for Entrepreneurship and Jay Sangani (CWR '21) B.A Candidate, Natural Sciences & Economics; M.S.M Candidate, Healthcare Management, this event featured:

  • John Knific (CWR ‘09), Co-Founder & COO of Wisr; Founder Emeritus of DecisionDesk
  • Ashwini Batchu (CWR ‘11), Founder and CEO of MCSquared Health
  • Felipe Gomez del Campo (CWR ‘16), Founder and CEO of FGC Plasma Solutions
  • Ali Briggs (CWR '11), CEO and Co-Founder of LifeWeb360, Founder Emeritus of The Front Door
  • Sandra O. Lin (CWR '97), Founder and CEO of KiwiCo

On Thursday, August 27, The Alumni Association partnered with Opera Philadelphia to showcase a virtual performance of We Shall Not Be Moved, a timely exploration of past and present struggles which suggests an alternate future through the eyes of its young protagonists.

The show was preceded by a discussion with Heather E. Burton, PhD, senior director for faculty and institutional diversity and interim co-director of the African & African American Studies Minor. Dr. Burton further examined the common themes of oppression and struggle found throughout the performance.

On Wednesday, June 24, 2020, The African American Alumni Association of CWRU hosted a virtual financial workshop with CWRU alumnae Erika Abrams (GRS '08, '09, public health), Principal & Agency Manager, Legacy42 Insurance & Financial and Alicia Graves (CWR '05), Attorney, Law Offices of Alicia N. Graves.

The workshop focused on giving you the proper estate planning, tax and credit tools necessary to make sure you and your family are taken care of in the event of a health or employment crisis.

Our conversation on Friday, June 5, 2020, featured Carmen Fontana (CWR '00; GRS '05 engineering), leader of Centric Consulting's Modern Software Delivery practice.

Fontana focuses on artificial intelligence, internet of things (IoT) and emerging technology. With more than twenty years of experience, her zen is when innovation meets data-driven decision making. Beyond the tech sphere, Fontana is a cancer survivor, soccer mom and donut mile champion.

The conversation was facilitated by Angela Clark-Taylor, PhD, Director for the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women.