Club Seats

For 100 years, the City Club of Cleveland has provided some of the world's most inspiring leaders an open forum and all of us a chance to hear them in person. Here are five favorite moments from the club's storied history.

Robert F. Kennedy spoke there the day after Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination, and Jane Fonda made an appearance in 1973 on the heels of her controversial opposition to the United States' involvement in Vietnam. Since it was formed in 1912, the City Club of Cleveland has served as a place where words are never minced and free speech reigns. Seven U.S. presidents, business leaders and ideologists have all spoken at the weekly forums broadcast as far away as Portland, Ore. The City Club will mark its 100th anniversary Oct. 18 with a forum titled Power of Ideas2. "It's about the power and ability of individuals to transform communities," says Jim Foster, the City Club's executive director. "That harkens back to so much of what we do week after week after week." The benefit event will feature KeyCorp president and CEO Beth Mooney, Cleveland Clinic president and CEO Toby Cosgrove and Cavs owner Dan Gilbert. Here's just a taste of the history that has taken place at the City Club's podium.

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