Leadership on Main Bonus Features

Following Leadership on Main, a Leadership Akron podcast host will ask the featured Leadership on Main guest speaker five additional questions that were not answered during the breakfast discussion to give our listeners an exclusive offering you'll only be able to find through the Leadership Akron podcast.

Join us to hear the Leadership on Main speakers share their passion for the Akron community!

Episode 13: Doug Weintraub
Thursday, January 17, 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; why Akron is the best place for a business like Bounce; and some of the keys Doug uses to develop leaders within Bounce’s 54 companies and organizations currently housed within the building. Bounce, formerly known as the Akron Global Business Accelerator, is located in the historic 300,000 square-foot BF Goodrich building, standing at 150 years old. Doug and his team are working to bring the Hub to life with a new community event space, coworking space, a café, rentable desks and conference rooms, and numerous other amenities the building will offer. Tune in to learn more about Bounce Innovation Hub! 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 LeadershipAkron 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 in the heart of downtown Akron. Traci shares her experience in STEM education and leadership, and the importance of STEM learning in a child’s educational journey. read more

Episode 11: Eric Nelson
Thursday, November 15, 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. Eric is thankful for the care and mentorship he has received, and leverages what he’s learned from his mentors to create an environment where students can learn, grow, and thrive in the face of adversity. Eric urges anyone who is interested in getting involved with SWAG to visit their website at www.studentswithagoal.com to learn more and become a part of the living, learning, and loving process that he has nurtured in SWAG. read more

Episode 10: Patrick Bravo
Friday, October 26, 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. Patrick shares his appreciation for the staff and students of the school district, and emphasizes the importance of team building and meeting others where they are. Patrick highlights United Way of Summit County’s iC.A.R.E. mentoring program, which links students with a caring, consistent role model that might not otherwise come into their life. In addition to his role with APS, Patrick has contributed to sustainable change in our community through his role with the Summit County Land Bank. "When it comes to collaboration and sustainable change, it's not enough to just talk about it, you gotta be about it," Patrick said. Collaboration has been key for Patrick in the many hats he's worn within the Akron community. read more

Episode 9: Doug Piekarz
Thursday, September 27, 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. Doug takes us on an adventure through his life that began in the concrete jungle of New York City, to his grandfather’s cabin in the Catskill Mountains, finally landing in Akron, Ohio, where he’s spent the last 20 years at the Akron Zoo. Stephanie and Doug discuss the zoo’s ever-increasing attendance record, the zoo’s recognition as the second zoo in the nation to become certified by Kulture City as a sensory inclusive zoo, and the assets that make the Akron Zoo so unique. read more

Episode 8: Chief Clarence Tucker
Thursday, August 16, 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, the benefits of being intentional in developing an inclusive and collaborative culture, and how the Leadership Akron program offers fresh perspectives to even those deeply embedded in the community. read more

Episode 7: Kemp Boyd
Thursday, June 21, 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. Tune in to the Leadership on Main Bonus Feature podcast as Kemp Boyd sits down with Leadership Akron's Interim President Wendy Bolas, to reflect 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.
Thursday, May 24, 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. This dedication to thoughtful stewardship permeates the fabric of Petures’ leadership style. Hear about the unique aspects of the Akron Community Foundation, the employees that make it all come together, and why Petures’ work means so much to him. read more

Episode 5: Charles Johnston
Friday, April 20, 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. In our LOM Bonus Feature Johnson sits down with Bill Fairweather to answer a few additional questions. Among other things, the two chat about the critical nature of trust, what drew Johnson back to Akron, and how to hold on to hope in the midst of crisis. For Johnson everything circles back to the intrinsic value of investing in the people around you and his style of leading where you are. read more

Episode 4: David Jennings
Friday, March 30, 2018

March’s Leadership on Main featured David Jennings, retired Director of the Akron-Summit County Public Library. In our LOM Bonus Feature Jennings reflects on the value he places on serving the community, both is his work for ASCPL and on many of Akron’s boards. Jennings chats with Laura Ofobike, retired Chief Editorial Writer for the Akron Beacon Journal, about his motivation to be an active participant in the community, the best leadership advice he’s received, and the outcomes of the Civic Solutions Lab. read more