Applications for the Signature Program and Diversity on Board will now be due on Friday, May 1.

Note that the NEXT deadline has not changed. NEXT information forms/applications are due Tuesday, March 31. Please contact Kelley Behrens at if you have any questions about the NEXT program.

Leadership Akron offers 10+ immersive learning experiences for leaders. Tailored to career and stage of life, they offer a flexible progression, becoming a vast resource and an ongoing source of inspiration. The program’s diverse connections empower participants to expand their vision in terms of community, discovery and personal development.

Applications are now open for Signature, NEXT, and Diversity on Board programs.

Signature Program

Unites the area’s top leaders yearly for an unparalleled and transformative journey of learning, collaboration and inspiration.

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Diversity on Board

Provides leadership development, education and service opportunities to help advance minority representation on nonprofit boards. Presented in collaboration with United Way of Summit County.

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Offers the opportunity for experienced senior leaders to define their next chapter of community involvement and impact.

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Community Leadership Institutes

Fuses individual talent with community engagement, emphasizing leadership traits that are valuable in both community and professional settings.

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Junior Leadership Akron

Provides community awareness and leadership skills for high school juniors throughout Summit County.

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Insight Akron

A one-day “crash course” on Akron designed to introduce new leaders or to reacquaint existing leaders to the Akron area and increase their awareness of community involvement.

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Connects young talent with established leaders to showcase Akron as a thriving place to live and work. Delivered in partnership with Torchbearers.

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Affiliated Community Partner


An affiliated community partner of Leadership Akron, Torchbearers connects emerging leaders with one another to develop skills for community engagement.

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Multiple Pathways. one Journey.

Whether you are an emerging leader or early career professional, developing your leadership; looking to expand your leadership and connect even deeper with the community; or if you are looking to reimagine your leadership to maximize your talents even well beyond your career; we have a path for you!

Develop My Leadership         Expand My Leadership         Reimagine My Leadership