The Chamber’s Small Business Committee designed the “Food for Thought” luncheons to provide a menu of diverse topics of interest to the community.
Previous programs have featured Doug Berry, vice president for economic development, discussing the economic development outlook for Cleveland/Bradley County, and Dr. Bill Seymour, president of Cleveland State Community College, discussing plans for the college going forward under his leadership.
“This Ain’t Your Momma’s Charity” is Ryerson’s topic for discussion. He will talk about the state of charitable giving and the challenges of operating nonprofit organizations in today’s economy.
Prior to joining the United Way of Bradley County, Ryerson served as a technical assistant specialist (TAS) with the National Center and worked directly with project directors at Safe Schools/Healthy Students grantee sites around the country in an effort to create lasting change. His experience as a project director for the Safe Schools/Healthy Students in Cleveland in the 2005 cohort prepared him for his position as a TAS.
Ryerson also served five years as an administrator at a juvenile psychiatric hospital. In 2005 he earned his juris doctorate.
He is the proud husband to Heather and together they have three children, Jackson, 8; Chloe, 5; and Gabriella, 2. They are expecting their fourth child in November.
Reservations for the Dutch-treat luncheon are required to facilitate room setup and food. Please call the Chamber at 423-472-6587 to make your reservation or visit the events calendar on the Chamber’s website, www.clevelandchamber.com by Tuesday, Aug. 19.