Leadership on Main

Each month we invite Members of the Leadership Akron Alumni Association, current Signature, NEXT and Diversity on Board Class participants, and Torchbearers, to start off their day learning from the experiences and perspectives of an Akron changemaker.  Attendees enjoy breakfast at the Rubber Duck Club, as moderator explores the key themes and events that have shaped the guest's leadership journey. Then, audience members get to guide the conversation in a closing Q&A session.

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Episode 24: Crystal Jones
Wednesday, March 11, 2020

March's Leadership on Main breakfast hosted Crystal Jones, Esq., Co-founder & former Executive Director of Project Ujima, talking with moderator, Patrick Bravo, Executive Director, Summit County Land Bank. read more

Episode 23: Madhu Sharma
Wednesday, February 19, 2020

February's Leadership on Main was an engaging conversation with Madhu Sharma, Acting Executive Director for the International Institute of Akron, moderated by Jeremy Lile, Executive Director of Heart to Heart. Madhu chatted with Jeremy about her work serving the people who immigrate to the United States, first as an attornery in immigration law for 20 years, and most recently at IIA as the Executive Director. read more

Episode 22: Dr. Michael Hughes
Wednesday, January 29, 2020

January's Leadership on Main welcomed Dr. Michael Hughes, President, Summa Health System-Barberton Campus to sit down with moderator Marlo Schmidt, Director of Community Benefit, Summa Health. read more

Episode 21: Malcom Costa
Wednesday, December 11, 2019

December's Leadership on Main brought Malcom Costa, President & CEO of Community Action Akron Summit and moderator Jeff Ferguson, Superintendent of Tallmadge City Schools together to talk about Malcom's leadership journey and the value of early childhood education. read more

Episode 20: Mark Gerberich
Wednesday, September 11, 2019

September’s Leadership on Main featured Mark Gerberich, president and CEO of International Soap Box Derby. Mark chatted with moderator Anne Armeo, Vice President of Medicare and Individual Products & Sales at SummaCare. read more

Episode 19: Iris Harvey
Wednesday, August 14, 2019

September’s Leadership on Main featured Iris Harvey, the President and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio. Sonya Williams the Interim Executive Director for the Vice President of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Kent State University served as the moderator. read more

Episode 18: County Executive Ilene Shapiro
Friday, June 14, 2019

June’s Leadership on Main featured Summit County Executive Ilene Shapiro. In this episode, Ilene sits down with Laurie Zuckerman of Zuckerman Consulting Group, Inc., to share her journey from small business owner to County Executive. read more

Episode 17: Justin Hilton
Wednesday, May 8, 2019

May’s Leadership on Main featured Justin Hilton, Senior Administrator for Community Outreach at Kent State University, and was moderated by his fellow Leadership Akron Signature Class 27 classmate, Sherry Neubert Vice President and Chief Information Officer of The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company. In this episode, Justin Hilton recapped his life’s journey to success as he shared his primary sources of motivation and how he chose to redesign his life. read more

Episode 16: Melissa Gerney
Wednesday, April 10, 2019

April’s Leadership on Main featured Melissa Gerney, Detention Superintendent of Summit County Juvenile Court. Melissa joins Danny Zampelli, Retired Captain of the Akron Police Department, to discuss her path to at-risk youth leadership and how she is able to successfully lead and manage her team to effectively engage with the juveniles under their supervision. read more

Episode 15: David Lieberth
Wednesday, March 20, 2019

March’s Leadership on Main marked the first live recording of a Leadership on Main event, featuring David Lieberth, President of Lieberth Consulting Group. In this episode, Dave sits down with Stephanie York, Vice President and In-House Counsel at Hennes Communications, as they discuss Dave’s long list of life and career achievements. read more