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 Class 5 - Opening Retreat, September 24, 2020


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.

Strategic Planning
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.

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.

GinaKaye Maddox, Diversity on Board Program Facilitator

GinaKaye Maddox, Diversity on Board Facilitator


Applications for Diversity on Board Class 5 are now closed. If you have any questions or have an interest in still being considered for Class 5, please contact GinaKaye Maddox at gmaddox@leadershipakron.org


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. 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, we would encourage you to apply, and if you are selected, we will work with you to discuss an approach.