News & Events

For over 35 years, Leadership Akron has been connecting leaders to advance the Akron community. We have been helping leaders see beyond their own spheres to the bigger picture of the community, and inspire them to become more effectively involved as community leaders. You can read our recent updates and upcoming events here, and don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions.

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Together We Can Do So Much - Leadership Connection Forum
Monday, March 23, 2020

"Alone We Can Do So Little...Together We Can Do So Much" -Helen Keller read more

Friday, March 13, 2020

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, Leadership Akron is currently evaluating upcoming programs and events. For those participants in current programs, please look for e-mail updates from your Program Facilitator. The Signature Program Education Day, scheduled for March 18, has been POSTPONED. read more

Media Release
Thursday, February 27, 2020

Media Release for 2020 Program Applications read more

Applications to Open March 2!
Thursday, February 13, 2020

If you are considering applying for one of our programs beginning in Fall 2020--Signature, NEXT, or Diversity on Board--we invite you to join us for an informational session. You will have the opportunity to learn about these programs (and decide which is the best fit for you!), meet current program participants, and ask any questions you may have. read more

Calling for Nominees for 2020 New Executive Leaders reception!
Thursday, February 13, 2020

Please nominate a leader to be recognized at our New Executive Leader reception! read more

Thursday, August 8, 2019

On July 30, 2019, Leadership Akron announced its class of 24 individuals for its 2019-2020 NEXT program. NEXT provides the opportunity for experienced leaders to reimagine their next chapter of community involvement and impact. read more

Leadership Akron Announces Diversity On Board Class 4
Wednesday, July 24, 2019

On July 24, 2019, Leadership Akron announced its class of 21 individuals for its 2019-2020 Diversity on Board program. Diversity on Board, presented in collaboration with United Way of Summit County, provides leadership development, education, and board matching services to advance minority representation on nonprofit and public boards. read more

David W. James named recipient of 2019 Lieberth Community Vision Award
Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Leadership Akron has named David W. James, Superintendent of Akron Public Schools (APS), as the recipient of this year’s Lieberth Community Vision Award. read more

Nominate an alumni for the 2019 Distinguished Leader Award
Monday, January 14, 2019

The Distinguished Leader Award is the highest honor given by the Leadership Akron Alumni Association annually to a graduate of Leadership Akron. The winner is chosen based on a significant community project or achievement completed outside of one's professional job responsibility. read more

Leadership Akron names Barry Dunaway as President
Friday, October 19, 2018

Leadership Akron's Board of Trustees is pleased to announce the hiring of Barry Dunaway as the President replacing Mark Scheffler. Dunaway will assume his presidency on November 26, 2018. read more