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Fri, Nov 19


Breakforth Studio

Greyt Big Talk w/ Rick Simmons

Cleveland's Breakfast Lecture Series for the Creative Community. #GREYTBIGTALK

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Greyt Big Talk w/ Rick Simmons
Greyt Big Talk w/ Rick Simmons

Time & Location

Nov 19, 2021, 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM

Breakforth Studio, 2310 Superior Ave, Suite 230 Cleveland, OH 44114, USA


About the Event

GREYT BIG TALK is an arts and entrepreneurship lecture series for inspiring creativity, filmed before a live audience. 

Live talks feature:

  • local culinary artisan breakfast and coffee,
  • live music performances
  • original art by local designers
  • startup pitches for anything our community is making
  • a short talk from a successful creative person
  • all filmed to share with our community online.

(interested in a feature, artisan maker space, company recruiting tabletop space, or other placement within the program? email us at

Since our founding in January of 2015, we’ve hosted nearly 10,000 attendees in pop-up locations all over the city of Cleveland.

over the city of Cleveland.


Breakforth Studio

North Water Productions 

Phoenix Coffee Co. 

Rapid Mortgage Co


Rick Simmons 

Rick is an experienced coaching and consulting professional with more than a decade spent collaborating with leaders at the highest levels of organizations to optimize their businesses and their lives. Currently, he serves as chief executive officer of the telos institute, a leading global organizational consulting firm he co-founded in 2006. telos offers specialized expertise to leaders and leadership teams around the world in the areas of business strategy, leadership development, and change management. In his role, Rick is responsible for shaping the vision and guiding the strategic direction of the firm, while inspiring a growing cohort of world-class practitioners to deliver insight, growth, and transformational experiences for telos clients.

Prior to founding telos, Rick spent ten years in various senior strategy and sales leadership positions within the financial services industry. Most notably, he led several organizations through periods of transition, which afforded him the opportunity to share his experience and insight in the best practices of managing personal and organizational change.

Rick earned his Master of Science in Organizational Behavior from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University, a program annually ranked as a global leader in the field of Organizational Behavior. While at Weatherhead, Rick focused his research on quantifying the value of coaching to individuals and organizations. The insights gleaned from this research has enabled Rick to achieve a balance in delivering both the quantitative and qualitative benefits of a successful coaching or consulting engagement. Rick also earned his professional coaching certification from the Weatherhead School and has studied at the world-renowned Gestalt Institute of Cleveland.

More recently, he was named a Founding Fellow at The Harvard Institute of Coaching at the MacLean Medical School where he contributes insights and best practices to the growing field of executive coaching. Rick is a sought-after speaker on the topics of resilience, achievement, and personal and organizational performance. He has presented or taught at The Ohio State University, The University Of Notre Dame, Case Western Reserve University, Indiana University, and many other institutions and organizations around the world.

Before receiving his Master’s at CWRU, Rick earned a B.A. in Economics and Finance from Baldwin Wallace University. In addition, he is certified in numerous multi-rater feedback instruments and psychometric assessment tools.

Personally, Rick tests his beliefs around achievement by running ultra marathons. His recent tests include the 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2015 US Track and Field 24 Hour Run National Championships. He lives in Cleveland, Ohio with his wife and telos co-founder Amy, and their four children.

“The​ ​success​ ​of​ ​any​ ​organization​ ​is​ ​directly​ ​related​ ​to​ ​the​ ​quality​ ​and​ ​character​ ​of​ ​those involved.”


  • 1 hour 30 minutes


  • 20 minutes

    Community Features

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  • Big Talk Ticket

    Support for the Greyt Big Talk program. Covers the cost of breakfast and coffee for you and one other guest.

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  • (Free) Big Talk Ticket

    Greyt Culture offers limited free tickets to attend Greyt Big talks to help encourage community connectivity, and support startups artists, and entrepreneurs of all types.

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