The Corporate College Smart 50 Awards celebrate and recognize Northeast Ohio’s top executives for their ability to effectively build and lead innovative and “smart” organizations.
Honorees received kudos at a event held on May 22 at Corporate College East.
A visionary leader
Established in 1906, Judson has become much more than “your grandmother’s retirement home,” and continues to evolve under Cynthia’s visionary leadership. She understands that future generations will have different expectations of how they want to live as they grow older. She firmly believes in University Circle and its current and future potential as a destination for not only older adults, but people of all ages to work, live and enrich their lives.
In 2011, Judson trademarked “Smart Living” as part of its name to further solidify its mission of “providing programs and living options for individuals taking responsibility for their successful aging.”
Cynthia’s career at Judson commenced in January 1978. Since becoming its president in 1992, Judson gained a national reputation as an innovator in services for older adults. This reputation not only affirms Judson, but also places a national spotlight on University Circle.
A dynamic driving force, Cynthia inspires her staff to pursue and develop lasting and varied collaborations between Judson and its fellow Circle institutions. These collaborations capitalize on the cultural, educational and medical amenities found in Circle. The ripple effects of these projects have impacted the lives of people throughout Greater Cleveland, and in effect contribute to University Circle’s importance to the Northeast Ohio region.
Judson was the first housing provider in University Circle and is one of the largest. Under Cynthia’s guidance, Judson remains a leader in promoting the Circle as a wonderful place to work and live. The organization continuously invests time and money in improving its infrastructure and programs.
A few examples of Cynthia Dunn’s inspiration:
Now in its fourth year, Judson is partnered with the Cleveland Institute of Music to provide intergenerational housing for graduate students. In exchange for room and board, the students provide cultural programming at all three of Judson’s retirement communities. This win-win endeavor exemplifies Judson’s willingness to collaborate with its fellow University Circle institutions in creative ways.
South Franklin Circle broadens the “Circle”
Judson’s newest community, South Franklin Circle is located in the Chagrin Valley, with Cynthia committed to making it a catalyst for connection between Chagrin and the Circle. Joint programming promotes cultural events and lectures between the two jewels of the Northeast Ohio region, expanding the Circle’s reach farther east in Cuyahoga and Geauga counties.
Smart Living™ at Home
Under Cynthia’s forward-thinking leadership, Judson established the Smart Living™ at Home program in 2006. This program allows individuals to live independently in their own home and access Judson services should they need them. Services range from healthcare advocacy and care coordination, to complimentary access to Judson wellness centers and programs.
With all of these projects stemming from her visionary leadership, it’s plain to see why Cynthia was bestowed the Smart50 Award by Smart Business Magazine. The range of her impact exceeds the achievements listed here and we at Judson look forward to many more years of her wisdom and guidance that she continues elevating Judson’s presence within University Circle and beyond.