Community Leadership Institutes



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.


The application period is now closed. Tuition for this program is $850.

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


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