Torchbearers was founded in 2003 to strengthen the connection between Akron area nonprofits and emerging leaders, as well as to further efforts to attract and retain emerging leaders in Greater Akron. The organization is a bridge between established leadership of the community and leaders of the future. Torchbearers partners with 150+ local organizations in the community and has more than 100 active members who reflect the diversity found across the Greater Akron emerging leader community.

In 2009, Leadership Akron and Torchbearers announced an agreement to collaborate efforts to advance community leadership in the Akron area by empowering and connecting existing and emerging leaders to a broader continuum of community leadership. Through this collaboration, both organizations support one another in programming, fund development, events, communications, and more. As participants in both organizations continue working together, trust and confidence continue to grow among both organizations. Stay tuned as we identify new ways to create positive opportunities for Leadership Akron, Torchbearers – and most importantly – for our Akron community.

Program dates

First year Leadership Development Trainings:
Bi-monthly meetings February – October

General Membership Meetings:

Bi-monthly meetings January – November


Applications must be completed and submitted online through the Torchbearers website. The application period is May 1st through June 30th of each year.

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