The Leadership Akron Signature Program is a 10-month program for our region’s top leaders across sectors who are interested in broadening their community impact. Each day-long experience is designed by Leadership Akron alumni who have expertise in the field of interest for that day. In addition to each month’s day-long seminar, short site visits to unique locations provide a deeper understanding of the topic at hand. The program not only engages and informs the top leaders of our community’s companies and organizations, it creates meaningful bonds with other like-minded individuals of diverse backgrounds.

From August through June, the Signature Program exposes 40 top area leaders to experiences and connections that will prepare them to maximize their community impact. The program kicks off with a city tour and a spirited, overnight Opening Retreat. In the months that follow, the class is immersed in experiences that address specific aspects of the community. Each program day gives the class a hands-on, behind-the-scenes look at what is happening in each sector; the opportunity to hear from leaders of organizations and the key issues they are addressing; and firsthand accounts from providers and customers.

The Goal: Leaders Ready to Serve

Leadership Akron presents an unparalleled opportunity for leaders to see beyond their own spheres to the broader interests of community. They develop a working knowledge of our community across sectors, and learn to appreciate the diverse perspectives of their classmates. The result—a corps of leaders equipped to advance our community.


Follow the link to the right to be directed to the application page.

Akron City Tour
Wednesday, August 15
7:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

New Class Reception
Thursday, August 15
5:30 p.m.–7:00 p.m.

Opening Retreat
Thursday, September 6 – Friday, September 7
8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Parks & Environment Day
Wednesday, September 26
8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Education Day
Wednesday, October 17
8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Social Services Day
Wednesday, November 14
8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Arts & Culture Day
Wednesday, December 5
8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Innovation & Entrepreneurship Day
Wednesday, January 16
8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Health Care Day
Wednesday, February 13
8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Civic Leadership Day
Wednesday, March 13
8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Justice Day
Wednesday, April 17
8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Closing Retreat
Thursday, May 16 to 8:00 a.m.–Friday, May 17 to 12:00 p.m.

Wednesday, June 5th
5:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m.


The application for the 2019–2020 (Class 36) Signature Program is now open through April 12, 2019.

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Tuition for the 2019–20 Signature Program is $3,750. Scholarships are available based on need. We do not give full scholarships—most scholarships fall in the range of 20-26 percent of total tuition. Scholarship requests are considered independently from the applications.