Since 2012, Leadership Akron has partnered with Cleveland Clinic Akron General to provide the Tony Gorant Community Leadership Institute for the organization's current and future leaders. Internal leadership development utilizes a community-based approach which leverages Leadership Akron’s experience and network in the Akron area. Leadership Akron provides four full-day programs featuring case studies and visits for areas Cleveland Clinic Akron General has identified as priorities for exposing its team members to the community.
Tony Gorant — A Leadership Legacy
Anthony "Tony" Gorant spent 15 years as an executive at Akron General Health System. His philanthropic and civic involvement was unparalleled. This program is named after Tony Gorant because of his passion for community and developing leaders. Though we lost Tony Gorant in September 2011, his legacy continues on through this program and through the leaders who follow his example by participating in the Tony Gorant Community Leadership Institute. Tony was a “do-er,” and this effort aims to inspire participants to make things happen in the community, just like Tony did.
Based on the community leadership priorities Cleveland Clinic Akron General identified, the Tony Gorant Community Leadership Insitute meets for four full days discussing topics that include:
Access to Basic Needs– Overview of and visits to community social services, healthcare, and wellness services that comprise the safety net of our community.
Economic Health – Includes visits and introduction to Akron’s most innovative economic drivers
Healthy Children & Families—Will examine efforts to help children grow up healthy and strong, and family services that reinforce the fabric of the community
Healthy Civic Life – Explore the aspects of civic vitality, like livable neighborhoods, environmental assets, and a vibrant downtown.
The program days focus on organizations that are best-in-class in these areas and emphasize the role of community leaders in fostering success in that area. The sessions include background on the locations and how they fit into the picture of a healthy Akron; involvement of executives of the participating organizations and key volunteer leaders; and exploration/inquiry with CCAG participants on how their individual and organizational resources and leadership can enhance that dimension of a healthy community. Each class plans and completes a community-enriching project.
The Spring 2018 Program Dates will take place on the following Thursdays from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.: April 5th, April 19th, May 3rd, and May 17th. Any CCAG employees interested in participating in this program should inform their managers of their interest, as the selection of the class takes place within Cleveland Clinic Akron General.