Shelly Gracon, MSSA is the CEO of GLO Cleveland with a vision for providing platforms to light the city up through creativity, entrepreneurship and innovation. With over 20 years in the event planning industry in addition to leading countless community and creative projects, she is eager to continue to make an impact with outside-the-box ideas and her collective approach to leadership.

Speaking at JumpStart, Inc. Start Up Scale Up, 2018

Gracon is the recipient of the prestigious Irene Sogg Gross Award for The Butterfly Project, a community intervention she created based on building relationships, promoting healthy coping tools and cultivating empathy through mindfulness and creative expression. She also founded She Speaks, a women-centric event series focused on providing a platform for the voice of female creatives through spoken word and performance. Gracon has always been a relentless advocate for the under-served and passionate activist for many causes including her work as an intern with Cleveland City Council where she worked in both policy development and community organizing. Additionally, she has been featured in the PBS documentary The Talk, on WCSB and Revolt TV and in Think Magazine, Cleveland Magazine, Action Magazine and more.

Having developed strong relationships with city leaders, cultural and community organizations, and hundreds of entrepreneurs Gracon is eager to continue to lead with passion, innovation and relentless advocacy of the creative class. By building community through creation, she believes GLO can become a thought-leader on social enterprise development – fostering an ecosystem of innovation, one idea at a time.

Speaking in Public Square as a Pechakucha Presenter

Through the development of GLO as a social enterprise her work will always remain focused on impacting the greater good, not just the bottom line.

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