Media Release

Thursday, February 27, 2020


Signature Class 36 Opening Retreat

Signature Class 36 - Opening Retreat

AKRON, OH – (Feb. 27, 2020) – Leadership Akron, which offers immersive learning experiences for leaders who live or work in Summit County, has announced that applications will open on Mon, March 2, 2020, for its 2020-2021 programs.

Leadership Akron inspires, strengthens and empowers community members through a variety of programs that build leadership skills, community awareness and connectivity. Its goal is to unlock the potential of leaders and serve as a catalyst that inspires them to create a greater Akron.
Applications open on March 2, 2020, for three Leadership Akron programs:

  • Signature Program: Unites the area’s top leaders for an unparalleled and transformative year-long journey of learning, collaboration and inspiration.
  • Diversity on Board: Provides leadership development, education and placement opportunities to help advance minority representation on nonprofit boards. Presented in collaboration with United Way of Summit County.
  • NEXT: Designed for experienced individuals, at or nearing retirement, to define their next chapter of community involvement and impact.

If you’re interested in applying but have additional questions, you are encouraged to attend an informational session on March 6, 2020, from 8:00 – 9:00 a.m. or on March 10, 2020, from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Please register for the event at

Looking for a one-day immersion program? Insight Akron is a one-day experience for senior-level leaders who are new to the area or who are looking to reacquaint themselves with the Greater Akron community. Insight Akron will be presented on Thurs., April 30, in partnership with the Greater Akron Chamber and the Akron/Summit Convention & Visitors Bureau. Participants can be registered at

Leadership Akron has been providing premier community leadership experiences for over thirty-five years. “Our graduates share a common commitment to serving community—working together to strengthen the Akron area,” shares Barry Dunaway, President of Leadership Akron.
The application deadline is March 31, 2020, for the Signature Program, Diversity on Board and NEXT.
Find more information at

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