APPLICATION period closed

Applications for the Signature Program, Diversity on Board and NEXT were due on Friday, May 1. While we gave some flexibility on this deadline due to COVID-19, we can no longer accept applications for the Signature and Diversity on Board programs.

We have decided to postpone the 2020 NEXT program to Spring of 2021. If you have an interest in NEXT, please e-mail Kelley Behrens at

Based on the financial impact of COVID-19 on many companies and organizations, we realize there may be a need for payment plans with regard to tuition.  If that applies in your case, if you are selected, we will work with you to discuss an approach.  

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