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James S. Turley to be Featured Speaker at CPH Community Leadership Breakfast

Posted February 9, 2017 in Press Releases

Media contact: Ed Gilchrist
(216) 400-7020

Thursday, April 13, 7:30 – 9:00 a.m. in the Allen Theatre

CLEVELAND, OH (February 9, 2017) The first Cleveland Play House Community Leadership Breakfast of 2017 will feature James S. Turley as the keynote speaker. Turley is the retired global chairman and CEO of Ernst & Young and is the current chairman of Theatre Forward, a nonprofit advocacy group for professional theatres across the US. He will offer a perspective from the C-Suite on the intersection of theatre education, workforce skill building, and leadership development. CPH Managing Director Kevin Moore remarks, “Jim Turley is a brilliant corporate leader, a passionate advocate for theatre, and an entertaining speaker. We are thrilled to welcome him to Cleveland, and we are grateful to Ernst & Young for their support of this important conversation.” Turley’s keynote will be followed by a Q&A session.

The breakfast is graciously sponsored by Ernst & Young, a global accounting firm dedicated to building a better working world. “We’re pleased to sponsor the Community Leadership Breakfast,” says Julie Boland, Ernst & Young LLP’s Cleveland Office Managing Partner. “At EY, we applaud the Cleveland Play House’s education efforts because we believe the arts are not an afterthought. They are the foundation for a richer life and help build stronger, more well-rounded leaders.”

The Community Leadership Breakfast is a biannual event that welcomes community leaders from corporations, foundations, and civic organizations of all kinds to gather and share ideas about how skills acquired from theatre education impact workforce development. Interested community leaders are invited to attend; see details below on how to RSVP for this free event.

Thursday, April 13, 2017
Allen Theatre at Playhouse Square
1407 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, OH 44115

This event is free, but an RSVP is required.
Community leaders and a guest are welcome to reserve a seat for this event. RSVP early as capacity is limited. Call Jacob Hurwitz at 216.400.7021 or visit

7:30 – 8:00 a.m. | Check-in and Breakfast
8:00 – 9:00 a.m. | Keynote Speaker: Jim Turley, retired global chairman and CEO of Ernst & Young

Parking is conveniently located in the Playhouse Square garage on Chester Avenue (normal parking rates apply), with access to the theatre through an entrance on the second floor of the garage. Guests may also enter from the Euclid Avenue entrance of the Allen Theatre (1407 Euclid Ave).

James S. Turley

Mr. Turley is the former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Ernst & Young. He led the firm from 2001 until his retirement in June 2013. Mr. Turley joined Ernst & Young in 1977 and held various positions there until being named Regional Managing Partner for the Upper Midwest in 1994, and for New York in 1998. He was named Deputy Chairman in 2000 and Chairman in 2001.

Mr. Turley holds an undergraduate degree and a master’s in accounting from Rice University. He serves on the National Board of Directors of the Boy Scouts of America and finished his term as a member of the Board of Trustees for Rice University in 2015. He also is the Chair of Theatre Forward and serves on the Committee for Economic Development. He was on the board of Catalyst from 2001 – 2013, served as its Chair from 2009 – 2013, was a member of the Business Roundtable and IBLAC (International Business Leaders Advisory Council for the Mayor of Shanghai) until his retirement, and was co-chair of Russia’s Foreign Investment Advisory Council. He also chaired the Governing Board of the U.S. Center for Audit Quality from 2007 – 2011.

Mr. Turley currently serves on the corporate boards for Citigroup, Emerson Electric Company, Northrop Grumman, Kohler Company, and Intrexon Corporation.

He and his wife, Lynne, have a married son.

About Cleveland Play House

Cleveland Play House, founded in 1915 and recipient of the 2015 Regional Theatre Tony Award, is America’s first professional regional theatre. Throughout its rich history, CPH has remained dedicated to its mission to inspire, stimulate, and entertain diverse audiences in Northeast Ohio by producing plays and theatre education programs of the highest professional standards. CPH has produced more than 100 world and/or American premieres, and over its long history more than 12 million people have attended over 1,600 productions. Today, Cleveland Play House celebrates the beginning of its second century of service while performing in three state-of-the art venues at Playhouse Square in downtown Cleveland.

The Ohio Arts Council helps fund Cleveland Play House with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence, and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. We also thank the residents of Cuyahoga County for supporting Cleveland Play House through Cuyahoga Arts & Culture.

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