Lieberth Community Vision Award

Leadership Akron created the Lieberth Community Vision Award in November 2012, to honor the life and leadership of Dave Lieberth upon his retirement as Deputy Mayor and Chief of Staff of the City of Akron. A founder and life trustee of Leadership Akron, Lieberth has been known for bringing vision, pragmatism, and a relentless work ethic to his involvement in countless community causes.


The Lieberth Community Vision Award will be given each year to a leader who exemplifies the type of leadership that Dave has modeled and Leadership Akron seeks to foster, in consideration of the criteria below:

Community-centered leadership

The recipient will be known for putting aside individual agendas and looking at opportunities, challenges, and issues through the lens of the whole community.

Impact on Akron

The recipient’s leadership has shaped the Akron community in significant ways.


The recipient’s leadership has impacted multiple sectors in the Akron community, not just one specific area.

Involvement in Leadership Akron

The recipient has played a meaningful role in advancing the mission and work of Leadership Akron. S/he may or may not be an actual graduate of Leadership Akron.

Pragmatism/Hard Work

The recipient is known for his/her work ethic, willingness to go the extra mile, and problem-solving ability when advancing community. S/he does not hesitate to plunge into the sometimes unglamorous details to get the job done.


Thank you to all of our generous sponsors who have stepped forward to honor David James! We have officially closed the sponsorship phase for this year's award. If you would still like to sponsor, please contact Susan Kosco at 330-436-5291 x102.

David James will receive the 2019 Lieberth Community Vision Award on Thursday, November 14, at the John S. Knight Center. A portion of our proceeds will go to Akron Public Schools, to be allocated at the discretion of Dr. James.

Sponsorship levels are:

Seating: Two tables of 8, preferred seating
Print materials: logo on inside of program cover; logo on invitation
Screen: sponsorship slides
Invitation to private reception for awardee and major LA supporters

Seating: Two tables of 8 
Print materials: prominent display in program sponsor listing
Screen: listed in video scroll of sponsors

Seating: One table of 8
Print materials: program sponsor listing
Screen: listed in video scroll of sponsors

Seating: One table of 8
Print materials: program sponsor listing

Seating: 2 tickets, preferred seating
Print materials: program sponsor listing

Individual Ticket $50

2019 sponsorship form

Please contact the Leadership Akron office at 330-436-5291 if you have any questions.

Meet Our Past Honorees

Over the past six years, we have had the honor of celebrating the leadership of these individuals with the Lieberth Community Vision Award.

Dave Lieberth | 2012

Life Trustee of Leadership Akron, "Celebrating the Art of Dave Lieberth"

Marie Covington | 2013

Covington Communications, "In the right hands, the seed of a dream can come to life"

Tim Fitzwater | 2014

"Leadership in Motion"

Brian Moore | 2015

Roetzel and Andress, "Leadership in Harmony"

Theresa Carter | 2016

OMNOVA Solutions Foundation, "Grace in Motion"

Laura Culp | 2017

Sikich, LLP, "A Story of Extraordinary Leadership"

Robert w. malone | 2018

Buckingham, Doolittle & Burroughs, LLC, "Riding the Wave of Leadership"