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 14: Dr. Michael Forbes
Wednesday, February 20, 2019

February’s Leadership on Main featured Dr. Michael Forbes, Director of Clinical Research & Outcome Analytics at Akron Children’s Hospital, and was moderated by Rev. Ronald Fowler, Former Pastor of Arlington Church of God. In this episode, Dr. Forbes joins Rev. Fowler to discuss Dr. Forbes’ journey from poverty in Brooklyn, New York to medical school at University of Pittsburgh, finally landing in Akron, Ohio to pursue pediatric critical care research. read more

Episode 13: Doug Weintraub
Wednesday, January 9, 2019

January’s Leadership on Main featured Doug Weintraub, CEO at Bounce Innovation Hub. In this episode, Doug sits down with Leadership Akron President Barry Dunaway as they discuss the opportunities Bounce Innovation Hub brings to the Akron area for entrepreneurs, small business owners, and the community. read more

Episode 12: Traci Buckner
Wednesday, December 12, 2018

December’s Leadership on Main featured Traci Buckner, Executive Director of the Akron Children’s Museum. Traci joins Barry Dunaway, the new President of Leadership Akron for a conversation around the intentionality of community throughout the museum exhibits, and Traci’s career trajectory that led her to lead Akron’s first children’s museum. read more

Episode 11: Eric Nelson
Wednesday, November 14, 2018

November’s Leadership on Main featured Eric Nelson, Executive Director of Students With A Goal (SWAG). In this episode, Eric sits down with Wendy Bolas to share his passion for youth development in the Akron community. Eric expresses the importance of lessons he’s learned through his faith, and overcoming life’s challenges with hard work and perseverance. read more

Episode 10: Patrick Bravo
Wednesday, October 10, 2018

October’s Leadership on Main featured Patrick Bravo, Executive Director of Summit County Land Bank and President of the Akron Public School Board. In this episode, Patrick sits down with Wendy Bolas to discuss the challenges and successes of Akron Public Schools. read more

Episode 9: Doug Piekarz
Wednesday, September 19, 2018

September’s Leadership on Main featured Doug Piekarz, President & CEO of the Akron Zoo. In this episode, Doug sits down with Stephanie York of Hennes Communications, as they explore Doug’s passion for inspiring lifelong learning and nature conservation. read more

Episode 8: Chief Clarence Tucker
Wednesday, August 8, 2018

August's Leadership on Main featured Chief Clarence Tucker of the City of Akron Fire Department. Chief Tucker sits down with Wendy Bolas, Leadership Akron's Interim President, as they chat about shifts within the fire department to meet the changing needs of the community. read more

Episode 7: Kemp Boyd
Wednesday, June 13, 2018

June's Leadership on Main featured Kemp Boyd, Director of the Vassle Comprehensive Care Center of Pastoral Counseling of Summit County and Head Football Coach of Kenmore-Garfield High School. Kemp reflects on his experience with Leadership Akron, the importance of diversity and inclusion efforts, having the right voices at the table, and his work as head football coach of Kenmore-Garfield High School. read more

Episode 6: John Petures, Jr.
Wednesday, May 9, 2018

May’s Leadership on Main featured John Petures, Jr., President and CEO of Akron Community Foundation. Listen in as Jody Miller Konstand sits down with Petures to reflect on his path to stewardship in the Greater Akron community. read more

Episode 5: Charles Johnston
Wednesday, April 11, 2018

April's Leadership on Main featured Charles Johnston, the Senior Supervisory Resident Agent at the Akron office of the FBI. Johnston's journey as a leader began with his work in corrections. From there he moved on to become an assistant prosecutor, before beginning his career with the FBI. read more