Glen Shumate, Notable Executive in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Douglas J. Guth, Crain's

Over 25 years of leadership in marketing, communications and DEI work has brought Glen Shumate into the construction industry, where he develops programs and initiatives for underserved communities.

Shumate is founder of the Contractors Assistance Association (CAA), dedicated to strengthening employment opportunities in the industry for women and minorities. Sector-leading activities he has orchestrated at CAA include the ACE Mentorship Program of Cleveland, which offers STEM education, scholarships and internships for high school students.

Last year, Shumate won the Ohio Department of Transportation Director’s Award for Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion Advocacy. The award recognized Shumate for his work in uplifting and embracing the value of diversity and inclusion. 

Shumate is involved in numerous civic and industry organizations as well — the Urban League of Greater Cleveland, Business Volunteers Unlimited, the Cleveland Lakefront Development Infrastructure Committee, and more. 

“Glen is a mentor to those looking to start in the construction community, as well as a friend to everyone who crosses his path,” the nomination said.