the telos institute Names Ron Soeder to Head Leadership Foundation

CLEVELAND, OH (January 27, 2021) – the telos institute, a leading global organizational development firm, has named respected community leader, Ron Soeder, as director of the telos leadership foundation to develop unique leadership development experiences for underserved youth.

“Ron is widely respected throughout Northeast Ohio for his ability to lead successful youth programs. We at telos are thrilled to welcome him as he directs our efforts to help develop our community’s next generation of leaders,” said Rick Simmons, chief executive officer of the telos institute. “Ron’s experience with and understanding of our local organizations, schools and business leaders jump start our efforts to provide unique leadership experiences to our youth.”

Soeder served as president and CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland (BGCC) for 14 years after spending nearly three decades as a senior executive in the consumer products industry. Through his dynamic leadership and passion, Soeder helped transform the organization into a powerful, life-enhancing force for young people in the community.

During his time at the BGCC, the organization achieved significant growth and was able to double the number of children served. In July 2019, Ron played an instrumental role in merging with the Boys & Girls Club organizations in three neighboring counties completing one of the largest mergers in Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s history. The new organization had 39 clubs and served more than 2,000 children and teens. In 2018, he received Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s highest honor, the Heart and Soul Award, for his dedication to the kids who need us most.

Founded by telos’ founding partners, Rick Simmons and Amy Simmons, the telos leadership foundation is devoted to helping underserved young people develop into positive and emotionally and socially aware leaders. The program’s first leadership development experiences will kick-off in early Spring.

“We will provide dynamic leadership development experiences to young people who wouldn’t normally have these opportunities,” Soeder said. “By starting with them early, they will have the ability to develop the leadership skills and confidence necessary to go and make a difference in our world.”

At the Boys & Girls Clubs, Soeder also forged strong partnerships with a wide range of organizations, including the Cleveland Municipal School District, neighborhood groups, local governments and nonprofit agencies. He will continue to work with these organizations to identify and encourage student participation in collaboration with the telos foundation programs.

About the telos institute
Founded in 2006, the telos institute is where the world’s leaders in business and industry come to hone their leadership skills, optimize their business strategy, and embrace change as a strategic advantage. Crossing all industries and geographies, telos brings deep, functional expertise as well as broad insights and perspectives. From large-scale global interventions to smaller, targeted initiatives, telos is experienced in working with CEOs and executive leadership teams or starting in the middle of organizations and building momentum. To learn more about the telos institute, visit

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