Diversity on Board

Diversity on Board, presented in collaboration with United Way of Summit County, provides leadership development, education and board matching services to advance racial/ethnic minority representation on nonprofit and public boards. Over the course of the program, participants gain valuable knowledge on all aspects of board governance and leadership, receive personalized coaching from established leaders within the nonprofit and public sectors, and engage in board shadowing, community service and networking opportunities with many of the leading organizations throughout Summit County.

Long-Term Goal

Create a critical mass of minority leaders that are prepared, motivated, and connected to serve on boards.

Short-Term Goal

Within one year, graduates will serve on a board or committee in one or more area nonprofit/public organizations.

Diversity on Board Program Application

Notice: Application may not be saved and must be completed in one sitting. Please carefully read all questions prior to beginning the application. To best prepare, consider formulating your responses in a word document and pasting them into the application.


For 10 years, United Way of Summit County administered Project Blueprint, a program model that a number of United Way chapters provide to advance minority representation on nonprofit boards. In 2014, United Way of Summit County requested Leadership Akron to use its prototyping process for new programs/projects to re-imagine Project Blueprint. Using this framework, Leadership Akron and United Way re-designed the program as Diversity on Board. The goal remains the same: develop more diverse talent for service on nonprofit and public Board of Directors through a program of leadership development, education and service.

2020-2021 PROGRAM Dates

New Class Reception/Annual Meeting
Tuesday, August 25
5:30 p.m.–7:00 p.m.

Opening Retreat
Thursday, September 24
8:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, October 15
8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Executive and Board Management
Thursday, November 12
8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Strategic Planning
Thursday, December 10
8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Board Financial Acumen
Thursday, January 14
8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Board Advocacy and Relationship Building
Thursday, February 11
8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Agency Forum

Thursday, March 11
7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Thursday, April 8
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.


Applications for Diversity on Board Class 5 will be available March 2, 2020. 


Tuition for the Diversity on Board is $500.  A significant portion of the cost of the Diversity on Board program is underwritten by a grant from United Way of Summit County.  Limited tuition assistance is available upon request.