What is NEXT?
Leadership Akron NEXT (New Endeavors for Experienced Talent) is a two-month program designed for senior leaders to examine community needs, personal strengths, and individual involvement in the community. As with the Signature Program, the program seeks participants with the caliber to take on significant community leadership roles. NEXT participants connect with other community-minded senior leaders; engage with key community drivers; and develop their roadmap for participation in the community.
When Does the Program Run?
The program runs on Tuesdays for two months in the fall.
Participants may fit several different profiles, including the following:
Leadership Akron graduates of retirement age who participated in the Signature Program and would find it valuable to have a “refresher” on the community
Executives who never had the “calendar space” to participate in Leadership Akron, and may also not have taken on significant community leadership roles, but who have strong leadership capabilities to offer the community and will have more time and interest in doing so after retirement.
Community leaders at or near retirement age who have taken on community leadership roles, but who may be terming off a number of community boards and are ready to reinvigorate their next chapter of community leadership.
Retired executives who are candidates for community involvement and leadership, but who have not been highly involved in the community as retirees.
Upcoming NEXT Classes
The 2017 program will run on Tuesdays from September 12th through November 14th (bye weeks will be on October 3rd & October 31st). All programs will run from 10:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.; most will have a reception at the end of the day. The roster for NEXT Class VII has been filled. We have started a list of prospective candidates for NEXT Class VIII, which will run in Fall of 2018. Nominate a leader using the online form.
If you are interested in learning more about NEXT, please click here to send us an e-mail indicating your interest, and we will add your name to our list of prospective class members. You will receive an invitation to an informational breakfast (which will be scheduled early in 2018) which will give you an opportunity to learn more about the program, meet people who have participated, and formalize your interest in joining NEXT Class VIII.