THE INFORMATIONAL MEETING SCHEDULED FOR MARCH 26 HAS BEEN CANCELLED. If you were registered to attend, please look for an e-mail from Kelley Behrens with information that would have been shared at that meeting. If you were not registered but would like to receive the information, please e-mail Kelley at

Leadership Akron NEXT is a two-month program designed for community-driven individuals who are approaching, experiencing or mastering retirement. NEXT offers the opportunity for experienced leaders to define their next chapter of community involvement and impact, while engaging with other like-minded individuals. The program is perfect for individuals who

  • Have previously taken on community leadership roles, but may be ready to reinvigorate their next chapter of community leadership
  • Are retired executives who are interested in community involvement and leadership, but who have not been involved due to prior demands of their career.
  • Participated in the Signature Program and would find it valuable to have “refresher” on the Akron community

The program runs for two months on Tuesdays in the fall.

NEXT Program Application

Notice: Application may not be saved and must be completed in one sitting. Please carefully read all questions prior to beginning the application. To best prepare, consider formulating your responses in a word document and pasting them into the application.

2020 Program Dates

New Class Reception/Annual Meeting
Tuesday, August 25
5:30 p.m.–7:00 p.m.

Opening Retreat
Tuesday, September 15
10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Parks & Environment Day
Tuesday, September 22
10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Arts & Culture Day
Tuesday, September 29
10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Civic Leadership, Justice, & Media Day
Tuesday, October 13
10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Innovation & Entrepreneurship Day
Tuesday, October 20
10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Youth & Education Day
Tuesday, October 27
10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Health & Social Services Day
Tuesday, November 10
10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Closing Retreat
Tuesday, November 17
10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.


If you are interested in the NEXT program, please email the following information to Kelley Behrens at

  1. Your name
  2. Preferred email address to receive communications
  3. Preferred mailing address to receive communications

Tuition is $800 per person or $1,200 per couple. Consideration for limited tuition assistance and/or payment plans are available upon request. Questions? Please contact Kelley.