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Our Signature, Diversity on Board, and Junior Leadership Akron programs are underway! Applications will open again for Signature and Diversity on Board at the beginning of March 2021.  Students currently in the tenth grade who have an interest in Junior Leadership Akron should discuss this with their school counselors as soon as possible. We will work with school counselors at every high school in Summit County early in 2021 to begin shaping the 2021-2022 Junior Leadership Akron class!

Our NEXT program was delayed from Fall 2020 due to the pandemic. We currently plan to begin NEXT Class 9 in April 2021.

You can find more information about all of our programs below.

Signature Program

Unites the area’s top leaders yearly for an unparalleled and transformative journey of learning, collaboration and inspiration.

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Diversity on Board

Provides leadership development, education and service opportunities to help advance minority representation on nonprofit boards. Presented in collaboration with United Way of Summit County.

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Offers the opportunity for experienced senior leaders to define their next chapter of community involvement and impact.

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Community Leadership Institutes

Fuses individual talent with community engagement, emphasizing leadership traits that are valuable in both community and professional settings.

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Junior Leadership Akron

Provides community awareness and leadership skills for high school juniors throughout Summit County.

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Insight Akron

A one-day “crash course” on Akron designed to introduce new leaders or to reacquaint existing leaders to the Akron area and increase their awareness of community involvement.

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Connects young talent with established leaders to showcase Akron as a thriving place to live and work. Delivered in partnership with Torchbearers.

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Affiliated Community Partner


An affiliated community partner of Leadership Akron, Torchbearers connects emerging leaders with one another to develop skills for community engagement.

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Multiple Pathways. one Journey.

Whether you are an emerging leader or early career professional, developing your leadership; looking to expand your leadership and connect even deeper with the community; or if you are looking to reimagine your leadership to maximize your talents even well beyond your career; we have a path for you!

Develop My Leadership         Expand My Leadership         Reimagine My Leadership