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Advocacy Training: Building Communication Strategies

The Community Partnership for Arts and Culture

Wednesday, June 18, 2014 from 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM (EDT)

Advocacy Training: Building Communication Strategies

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This 60-minute training session will provide insight and advice on building communication strategies. These strategies will focus on using current research and data to communicate message with your audience.


Presenting this session is Nancy Lesic, CEO, Lesic & Camper Communications and Joe Frolik, former chief editorial writer for The Plain Dealer.  

NANCY LESIC: A former journalist and veteran press secretary, Nancy Lesic brings 20 years experience in media relations, crisis communications and issues management.  With offices in Cleveland and Columbus, Lesic & Camper Communications moves productively yet nimbly at the local, state and federal levels to help ensure increased public awareness and improved community support for its clients.

Nancy has worked for a wide array of clients, many with regional, national and international reach, including American Greetings – a Fortune 1000 company with a global presence, AmTrust Financial – a multinational company based in New York City and Miami-based Optima Ventures.

She also handles communications for the Great Lakes Metropolitan Chambers of Commerce, which represents business organizations in eight states.  Nancy also performs public affairs work for Charter One’s banking business throughout the states of Ohio and Michigan.

Nancy and her firm are often involved in activities targeted at raising public awareness, building community support and working to build mutually-beneficial relationships on behalf of her clients.  Nancy has developed strong relationships with public officials, business leaders and media in Ohio and beyond.

Nancy has worked on a host of highly visible real estate development projects in the region, including the $500 million redevelopment of the Flats East Bank in downtown Cleveland.  Having built a niche working on development projects, Nancy has significant experience in dealing with public outreach, working with political leaders or their staffs and overseeing sensitive communications on issues ranging from project announcements to eminent domain. 

Other clients past and present include the Greater Cleveland Partnership (northeast Ohio’s chamber of commerce), The Cleveland Browns, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame & Museum, the Northeast Ohio Public Energy Council. 

Prior to opening the firm, Lesic served as press secretary to Cleveland Mayor Michael R. White from 1994-2000.

She started her career as a journalist for a daily Ohio newspaper. She holds a bachelor's degree from Cleveland State University where she studied political science and economics.


Joseph F. Frolik joined the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office as Director of Communications and Public Policy in June of 2013. For more than three decades, he was a reporter, columnist, and editorial writer at The Plain Dealer, Ohio’s largest newspaper. In 2011, he was named the outstanding editorial writer in Ohio for his work on the Cuyahoga County corruption scandal and the launch of the new charter government. He graduated from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and attended the University of California’s Boalt Hall School of Law, but left after one year to pursue a career in journalism. Before moving to Cleveland, he worked for newspapers in Austin, Texas and San Diego, California. He formerly served on the board of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Foundation and was a member of Leadership Cleveland’s Class of 2011. In 2010, he traveled to China to learn about social and environmental policy as an International Reporting Project fellow through Johns Hopkins University’s Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies.


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made possible by:

The Cleveland Foundation    Cuyahoga Arts & Culture    The George Gund Foundation   The Kresge Foundation   Kulas Foundation   John P. Murphy Foundation Ohio Arts Council

Have questions about Advocacy Training: Building Communication Strategies? Contact The Community Partnership for Arts and Culture

When & Where

Cleveland Public Library
325 Superior Ave E
Louis Stokes Wing room 218
Cleveland, OH 44114

Wednesday, June 18, 2014 from 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM (EDT)

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