Now Accepting Applications for the Leadership Akron Community Leadership Institute this Spring

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Akron, OH – Leadership Akron is now accepting applications for the Leadership Akron Community Leadership Institute (CLI) this spring. The Community Leadership Institute fuses individual development with community engagement, emphasizing leadership traits that are valuable in both community and professional settings.

The CLI was developed in response to the community’s request to engage with Leadership Akron’s mission and work in a condensed format. In 2011, local employers expressed an interest in Leadership Akron providing a way for more of their employees to connect with the work, mission and with the community since the Signature Program class is limited to one participant from any given employer. In response, Leadership Akron successfully piloted an experience with The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company in 2011 that blended leadership development and community awareness. Based on the success of this model and the positive feedback from research with local human resources managers, Leadership Akron is proud to have completed more than a dozen different CLI programs.

Each of the five CLI half-day sessions are held on Wednesdays from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in March through May 2019. The sessions will connect participants with top decision makers and provide behind the scenes looks at best-in-class community assets. CLI topics include: Board & Nonprofit Basics, Managing Networks & Communicating Effectively, Financial Sustainability & Social Enterprise, and Creating Shared Vision & Leading Change. Leadership Akron offers an open application process for its Community Leadership Institute, offered each spring and fall.

“Our Community Leadership Institute is a great way to get involved with Leadership Akron’s programming,” said Barry Dunaway, President of Leadership Akron. “Individuals who are looking to enhance their leadership skills and open the door to community involvement opportunities should apply to the CLI.”

The spring program will run March through May 2019. Applications are now being accepted through Wednesday, February 20, 2019. To learn more about the program, applicant criteria, and to apply, please visit

For over 30 years, Leadership Akron has equipped participants for community involvement and leadership. Through a variety of experiences, Leadership Akron serves over 300 leaders each year with experiences that grow their community awareness and involvement. For more information on Leadership Akron, visit their website at