A community’s health and well-being depends on the ability of leaders to readily work together, collaborating to seize opportunities, address challenges, and develop new solutions. Akron has long benefited from a collaborative base of leaders who know one another and readily work together to get things done. Leadership Akron’s role is to strengthen and broaden this base of leadership. We help leaders see beyond their own spheres to the bigger picture of the community, and inspire them to become more effectively involved as community leaders.
Building Community Since 1984
Since its founding in 1984, with the purpose to connect leaders to advance community, Leadership Akron has served over 900 graduates who remain involved in the community. It is nearly impossible to find a community board or effort in Akron where Leadership Akron graduates are not involved. A look at the board and executive leadership of the Akron area’s leading community groups reveals a critical mass of Leadership Akron graduates who continue to build and improve our community’s well-being.
In addition to graduates of our Signature program, Leadership Akron is reaching the broader continuum of leaders for our community. A collaboration agreement with Torchbearers gives Leadership Akron a presence with young professionals. This followed the 2008 launch of insight:AKRON, a condensed introduction to the Akron area for top new leaders. Leadership Akron N.E.X.T. (New Endeavors for Experienced Talent) provides an opportunity for senior leaders to explore how they can bring their talents and resources to the community post-career. Leadership Akron also offers Community Leadership Institutes (CLI), which are held in spring and fall of each year. Several local employers have worked with Leadership Akron to create customized CLIs. Contact us to learn more about Leadership Akron program offerings.