Shelly Gracon, MSSA is the CEO of GLO Cleveland and Curator of Lab Studios with a vision for creating 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 Irene Sogg Gross Award for The Butterfly Project, a community intervention based in building relationships, promoting healthy coping tools and cultivating empathy through mindfulness and creative expression. Additionally, she has been featured in the PBS documentary The Talk, Think Magazine, Cleveland Magazine, Revolt TV, Action Magazine and more.

Having developed strong relationships with city leaders, cultural and community organizations, and hundreds of creative 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 the mecca of fashion, design, art and technology – 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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