Competing and winning in a flat world

Given in front of an audience of 600 high school students in Northeast Ohio, this excellent, inspirational talk has equal application to students anywhere in Ohio. Mr. Holifield asks the students, "Will you be a competitor or a benchwarmer?" He further makes an "All Hands on Deck" innovation and competitiveness appeal to all students, urban/rural, male/female, or black/white/Latino, to step forward and create the future.

Link to organizational website of speaker: http://www.nortech.org/

About The Presenter:
Johnathan M. Holifeld, Vice President of Inclusive Competitiveness, NorTech


Johnathan M. Holifield, Esq. is Vice President of Inclusive Competitiveness with responsibility for leveraging existing efforts and leading new strategic initiatives to increase the competitiveness of African and Latino Americans in Northeast Ohio. As part of that responsibility, Mr. Holifield will work with NorTech's Northeast Ohio partner organizations, including JumpStart, BioEnterprise, MAGNET and Team NEO to create stronger connections between African and Latino Americans and the region's emerging, high-growth technology industries.

Mr. Holifield has over 20 years of experience cultivating collaborative partnerships with universities, nonprofits, governments, civic organizations, and businesses to garner broad-based support and investment for new economic and community initiatives. He is co-founder of The America21 Project, a nationally networked and regionally focused initiative that helps connect African and Latino Americans to regional innovation clusters and ecosystems.

He is also founding executive director of CincyTech USA and has held executive leadership positions with the Cincinnati USA Chamber of Commerce, the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy and the Cleveland Urban League.

Mr. Holifield holds a bachelor's degree in Political Science from West Virginia University, a master's degree in Educational Foundations and a law degree from University of Cincinnati, and is a graduate of The University of Oklahoma's Economic Development Institute.