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Young Leaders Spotlight:
Bill Donatone

Bill Donatone
Manager, Assurance Services
Ernst & Young LLP

About Bill
I was born and raised in Geneva, OH, less than an hour northeast of Cleveland. I attended Baldwin-Wallace College after high school which brought me even closer. I’ve worked in Cleveland since my internship with EY in 2008 and have enjoyed being a part of the growth and revitalization of the city ever since.

Why did you join Young Leaders?
I served as the United Way Loaned Executive from EY in 2010. Young Leaders has helped me stay connected to the people of United Way and the Cleveland community since my loaned executive rotation. Participating in the monthly Day of Caring events, and networking with other young professionals who care about the betterment of the community is what makes Young Leaders a great organization.

Are you involved with any other groups or activities? If so, what are they?
I’m able to participate in many activities through EY, including Junior Achievement and the Corporate Challenge. I also attend many fundraising events throughout the year which benefit a range of organizations.

In your opinion, what makes Cleveland a good city for young professionals?
Cleveland has everything a young professional is looking for. The sense of community and support create a great environment to live in. The neighborhoods each carry a different personality and a bar/restaurant scene that’s second to none. Cleveland sports, live concerts, museums, theaters, and countless events keep life exciting outside of the office. The RTA trolley makes getting around town effortless, and the ambassadors of the Downtown Cleveland Alliance keep the city clean and beautiful.

What is your greatest aspiration for Cleveland?
I have many aspirations for the city of Cleveland, the greatest being the achievement of its full potential. Improving the quality of education, investment in new industries, and continued development of the waterfront are initiatives that will contribute to the future success of the city; however, these, and other important initiatives, require strong and dynamic leadership going forward. This is not only required of the elected public officials, but with every decision we make each day. A city is not defined by its buildings, but by its people. We must continue to build an environment that enables our community to grow, thrive and succeed.

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