News & Events

For over 35 years, Leadership Akron has been connecting leaders to advance the Akron community. We have been helping leaders see beyond their own spheres to the bigger picture of the community, and inspire them to become more effectively involved as community leaders. You can read our recent updates and upcoming events here, and don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions.

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Thursday, August 8, 2019

On July 30, 2019, Leadership Akron announced its class of 24 individuals for its 2019-2020 NEXT program. NEXT provides the opportunity for experienced leaders to reimagine their next chapter of community involvement and impact. read more

Leadership Akron Announces Diversity On Board Class 4
Wednesday, July 24, 2019

On July 24, 2019, Leadership Akron announced its class of 21 individuals for its 2019-2020 Diversity on Board program. Diversity on Board, presented in collaboration with United Way of Summit County, provides leadership development, education, and board matching services to advance minority representation on nonprofit and public boards. read more

David W. James named recipient of 2019 Lieberth Community Vision Award
Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Leadership Akron has named David W. James, Superintendent of Akron Public Schools (APS), as the recipient of this year’s Lieberth Community Vision Award. read more

Now Accepting Applications for Diversity on Board Class 4
Monday, March 4, 2019

Applications are now open for the 2019-2020 Diversity on Board program. A collaborative effort with Leadership Akron and United Way of Summit County to advance minority representation on nonprofit and public boards. read more

Nominate an alumni for the 2019 Distinguished Leader Award
Monday, January 14, 2019

The Distinguished Leader Award is the highest honor given by the Leadership Akron Alumni Association annually to a graduate of Leadership Akron. The winner is chosen based on a significant community project or achievement completed outside of one's professional job responsibility. read more

Leadership Akron launches new website & LeaderSource database
Thursday, January 10, 2019

Leadership Akron is excited to build community in a new way! We are proud to announce the launch of our brand new website and online alumni community. read more

Leadership Akron names Barry Dunaway as President
Friday, October 19, 2018

Leadership Akron's Board of Trustees is pleased to announce the hiring of Barry Dunaway as the President replacing Mark Scheffler. Dunaway will assume his presidency on November 26, 2018. read more

Leadership Akron & United Way of Summit County Announces Third Class of Diversity On Board
Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Leadership Akron and United Way of Summit County have selected a group of 17 leaders for Class 3 of the Diversity On Board Program. The class includes participants from Greater Akron’s business, education, government, nonprofit and religious sectors. read more

Leadership Akron names Wendy Bolas Interim President
Friday, March 9, 2018

Leadership Akron has named Wendy Bolas Interim President while the search committee embarks on finding a permanent replacement for Mark Scheffler. Scheffler will begin later this month as the new Executive Director at the Timken Foundation of Canton. read more

Leadership Akron Class 34 Solicits Applications for Youth Impact Grant
Monday, February 5, 2018

Leadership Akron Class 34 is seeking applications from nonprofit agencies that support efforts that will positively impact youth in Summit County, Ohio. read more