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Diversity

Overview

CLEVELAND INDIANS DIVERSITY COUNCIL

Our Diversity Council is committed to ensuring that our organization lives this statement regularly. Our Council is actively focusing on all diversity initiatives, through regularly educating our staff, reviewing workforce hiring practices and overseeing supplier diversity programs.

Our Council is made up of members from many disciplines within the organization:

  • Mike Chernoff - Assistant General Manager, Baseball Operations
  • Jerry Crabb - Senior Director, Ballpark Operations
  • Nate Daymut - Coordinator, Talent Development
  • Valencia Kimbrough - Manager, Talent Acquisition
  • Bette Prendergast - Purchasing Coordinator
  • Diane Turner - Concessions Accounting Manager
  • Josh Hsu - Manager, Community Impact
  • Raphael Collins - Corporate Partnership Representative
  • Sara Lehrke - Vice President, Human Resources & Chief Diversity Officer

Diversity Initiatives

The Cleveland Indians and its charitable arm, Cleveland Indians Charities (CIC), are proud to serve the Northeast Ohio community by providing a variety of community outreach programs. Each program is designed to help improve the quality of life for others, support youth to reach their full potential and foster self-confidence. We embrace the opportunity to be a responsible corporate citizen serving the Greater Cleveland communities.

SANDY ALOMAR JR. SCHOLARSHIP AWARD

In their continued efforts to support youth education, the Cleveland Indians, in conjunction with Major League Baseball, created the Sandy Alomar Jr. Scholarship Award. The Sandy Alomar Jr. Award will be given to a graduating St. Martin DePorres high school senior who has excelled in academics, community service and has a financial need.

For more information on the Sandy Alomar Jr. Scholarship and other scholarship opportunities, email cic@indians.com or call 216.420.HITS.

DEDICATION TO INCLUSION

In an effort to continue our dedication to workplace diversity, The Cleveland Indians welcomed MLB Ambassador for Inclusion, Billy Bean to the Executive Offices in 2015. Bean, who played professional baseball for six seasons, is one of the only openly gay professional baseball players - current or former.

As the first appointed MLB Ambassador of Inclusion, Bean travels to major and minor league ball clubs providing guidance and education related to supporting those in MLB's LBGT community. During his visit to Progressive Field, Bean shared his story with Indians players and staff speaking on the importance of inclusion, empathy and tolerance in professional sports

DIVERSITY COUNCIL ADVISORY BOARD

The Cleveland Indians organization aims to develop strategic relationships with key external organizations to proactively address shifts in buyer power and demographic makeup as well as position ourselves as a leader in Diversity & Inclusion by delivering specific diversity outcomes.

Those outcomes include reaching & engaging diverse communities and suppliers, developing internal talent and identifying new ways to energize and engage our staff in diversity efforts.

We are dedicated to creating unique outreach efforts to engage and positively impact these diverse communities and we're confident our partnerships will help develop a progressive Cleveland.

ADVISORY BOARD MEMBERS

  • Bob Zimmer | Baseball Heritage Museum
  • Claudia Silvana Ochoa | National Society of Hispanic MBAs
  • Sandra L. English | Cleveland State University
  • Letitia Nall | National Black MBA Association
  • Andre Scott | PMK Customs
  • Ashley Gowens | City of Warrensville Heights
  • Kelton Crenshaw
  • Kazell Pugh | TLC Springwater
  • Jose Feliciano Jr. | Ohio Latino Affairs Commission
  • Phyllis Harris | LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland
  • Lula Holt-Robertson | Cuyahoga Cnty. Board of Dev. Disabilities

 

Workforce Diversity

We seek to attract, develop, and retain a diverse workforce that brings a broad range of perspectives and experiences to our company. Through supporting an inclusive work environment, we strive to recognize and value the distinctiveness of each employee and to take full advantage of those differences to improve our productivity and innovation, while cultivating our acceptance and respect for each other and our communities.

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ST. MARTIN DE PORRES HIGH SCHOOL CORPORATE WORK STUDY

Since 2006, the Cleveland Indians have sponsored students from St. Martin de Porres High School Corporate Work Study Program. This program allows students to pay for over 70% of their high school tuition as well as acquire skills and marketable job experiences not otherwise available to them. This program also provides meaningful opportunities for professionals to interact with and mentor the student workers while making a difference in their lives.

CLEVELAND INDIANS WORKFORCE DIVERSITY PARTNERSHIPS

  • Case Western Reserve
  • Bowling Green State University
  • Bryant & Stratton
  • Kent State University
  • The Ohio State University Arts and Sciences Career Services Office
  • Cleveland NAACP
  • Miami University
  • YOUTH Opportunities Unlimited
  • Urban League of Cleveland
  • Latpro.com
  • Diversity Jobs.com
  • Justjobs.com
  • Northern Ohio Council on Higher Education
  • Walsh University
  • National Association of Black Sports Professionals
  • Cuyahoga Valley Career Center
  • Life Skills of Lake Erie
  • Council for Economic Opportunities in Greater Cleveland
  • Baldwin Wallace
  • Cleveland State University
  • Cleveland Institute of Art

 

Supplier Diversity

Our commitment to diversity extends to our business partners. Through our supplier diversity program, we aim to increase opportunities for a diverse pool of suppliers to compete for the procurement activities of our club. By identifying and building relationships with diverse business partners we seek to develop strategic advantages - promoting efficiency, creativity, and profitability - while at the same time enhancing the economic growth and well-being of our diverse communities.

Contact Us

Bette Prendergast
Coordinator, Purchasing & Corp. Services
Progressive Field
2401 Ontario Street, Cleveland, OH 44115
bprendergast@indians.com
216.420.HITS

LOCAL RESOURCES AND VENDORS

CLEVELAND INDIANS DIVERSE VENDOR SUMMIT

In 2009, the Cleveland Indians hosted the first Diverse Business Summit at Progressive Field. Certified Minority and Woman-Owned businesses attended this unique networking opportunity to meet official current and future corporate partners of the Indians.

The MLB Diversity Business Summit is the premier sports employment conference and supplier diversity trade fair. This two-day event allows job seekers and entrepreneurs the unique opportunity of meeting with MLB's Clubs at both the Major League and Minor League levels as well as sponsorship partners.

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