Community Leadership Institutes


The 2018 Fall CLI application is now open!

Application information is at the bottom of this page.

The cross-employer Community Leadership Institute (CLI) fuses talent development with community engagement, simultaneously fostering community involvement and professional growth. Each CLI session connects participants with top decision makers and includes behind the scenes case studies at best-in-class community assets. In addition to CLI programs customized to specific organizations, Leadership Akron offers an open application process for its Community Leadership Institute. This is offered each spring and each fall.  

Topics include: Board & Nonprofit Leadership; Managing Relationships; Communicating Effectively; Financial Sustainability & Social Enterprise; Creating Shared Vision & Leading Change.

Dates for the Fall 2018 Community Leadership Institute (8 a.m. -1 p.m.):

Wednesday, September 5
Thursday, September 20
Wednesday, October 3
Wednesday, October 24
Wednesday, November 7

Cost: $850


As leaders become more involved in the community, they hone their leadership capabilities and incorporate new practices into their work. As leaders across the company take part in this work, they become stronger individual performers and build a culture that is more collaborative. Below are some of the attributes that comprise the value proposition for this work: 

Plugging leaders into the community gives them the chance to sharpen skills that can benefit their performance in their current job, while building capabilities that may prove critical to their future roles in the company.

As employees get more involved in the community they build the reputation of their employer as a positive corporate citizen.

Engaging in this work with other leaders in various departments and seniority levels presents the opportunity to build relationships among employees.

An employer’s commitment to seeing their people involved in the community builds the attachments of employees to the company.

The History:
Local employers have expressed an interest in Leadership Akron providing a way for more of their employees to connect with our work and with the community since the Signature Program class is limited to one participant from any given employer. In response, Leadership Akron successfully piloted an experience with Goodyear in 2011 that blended leadership development and community awareness. Based on the success of this model and the positive feedback from research with local human resources managers, we are now pleased to have completed more than a dozen different CLI programs. We are excited to offer this opportunity to further develop your talent and connect your leaders with our community.


How do I complete the application?  We utilize an online application system called draftonce. You may access the application here, or follow the link below. Please read through the instructions below on how to complete your application through draftonce:


  1. You will be prompted to create your own online account so that you can complete the application in part and come back at a later time to complete and submit the application. 
  2. When you begin your application, be sure to select the Fall 2018 CLI application from the New tab.
  3. Using any of the navigation keys (Next, Finish, Back) will automatically save your application. Once you have started an application, you will be able to access it under the In-Progress tab. After you have "finished" an application, you will still be able to access it under the Completed tab; you do not need to do anything further to submit your application.

How soon must I complete the application? The application deadline is Monday, August 20th at 5 p.m.


Click Here to access the application!



Tuition: $850 (limited scholarship funds available)


Application Deadline: August 20, 2018

If you have any questions about the Community Leadership Institute or the application process, please e-mail us.


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