Caroline Taich

President, Kirtland Consulting, LLC

Caroline is the Founder of Kirtland Consulting LLC, which helps clients innovate and grow. She is a trusted strategist with 20 years of experience, including 12 years at McKinsey & Company. Caroline focuses on strategic planning, revenue planning, and other tools that drive growth and sustainability. Her approach to strategic planning has been influenced by leading thinkers including David La Piana and his book “The Nonprofit Strategy Revolution”; Stephen Coley and his book “The Alchemy of Growth”; Mario Morino and his book “Leap of Reason.” Caroline is Board President of The Fine Arts Association. She holds a B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School and an M.B.A. from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University. She is a pianist, Penn Alumni volunteer, pilates enthusiast, and member of the Leadership Cleveland Class of 2021. Certified as a woman-owned business at Cuyahoga County and the City of Cleveland. Email:

Caroline is speaking at

September 30, 2020
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm


  • Caroline Taich (Speaker) President, Kirtland Consulting, LLC
  • Ethan Karp (Speaker) President & CEO, MAGNET; Chair of the Workforce Development Board; Workforce Funders Group member; Sector Partnership leader for Workforce Connect - Manufacturing, MAGNET
  • Bill Koehler (Speaker) Chief Executive Officer, Team NEO; and Workforce Funders Group member, Team NEO
  • Adam Snyder (Speaker) Managing DIrector, Sector Partnership, MAGNET: The Manufacturing Advocacy and Growth Network
  • David Feinerman (Speaker) Head of Workforce Innovation, Cuyahoga County


Cuyahoga County is working hard to close the gap between the number of unfilled jobs requiring skilled talent and the number of workers looking for family-sustaining jobs and careers. In January 2016, a group of community leaders came together to begin a discussion on how to transform Cuyahoga County's workforce system. This group is dubbed the "Workforce Funders Group" (WFG) and is comprised of top leadership from the workforce development community, representing: Cuyahoga County City of Cleveland Cleveland/Cuyahoga County Workforce Development Board Cleveland Foundation Deaconess Foundation Fund for Our Economic Future Greater Cleveland Partnership Gund Foundation United Way Team NEO The WFG is the catalyst behind Workforce Connect. Workforce Connect was created to complement the good work already underway to impact the County's long-term growth and vitality. Based on successful models implemented in other major U.S. metro areas, Workforce Connect is an important building block in Cuyahoga County's overall workforce development ecosystem that helps support employers in finding the right skilled talent by creating business-led sector intermediaries. Sector intermediaries are leaders in coordinating systemic change and in making the workforce ecosystem more efficient and effective through the creation of sector partnerships. The WFG collectively funds and supports three sector partnerships in Manufacturing, Healthcare, and IT. Manufacturing came first, launching in January 2019. Led by a partnership between Greater Cleveland Partnership and MAGNET, the manufacturing team has dazzled the community with its refreshing approach to sector partnership, and is on its way to achieving 3000 new manufacturing career paths. Employers engaged before partnership launch (e.g., healthcare) and during (e.g., manufacturing) are critical to partnership success. This is an interactive panel discussion with leaders from the WFG and the Manufacturing Sector Partnership, moderated by the strategy consultant/facilitator who served the WFG. Through this discussion you will learn: *Why a public private collaboration can be a successful tool for economic development within every region of Ohio *The players needed to build and execute the collaborative *How to sustain the momentum and success of a public private collaboration at scale *Early wins evident from the first sector partnership in Manufacturing

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