Diversity on Board

Diversity on Board, presented in collaboration with Leadership Akron and United Way of Summit County, provides leadership development, education and service opportunities to help advance racial/ethnic minority representation on nonprofit boards. Through Diversity on Board, participants engage in educational workshops with nonprofit leaders, coaching conversations with mentors, board meeting visits and more.

Long-Term Goal

Create a critical mass of high caliber minority leaders that are prepared, motivated, and connected to serve on nonprofit boards.

Short-Term Goal

Within one year, graduates will be serving as a committee or board member of at least one Akron area nonprofit organization.


For 10 years, United Way of Summit County administered Project Blueprint, a program model that a number of United Way chapters provide to advance minority representation on nonprofit boards. In 2014, United Way of Summit County requested Leadership Akron to use its prototyping process for new programs/projects to re-imagine Project Blueprint. Using this framework, Leadership Akron and United Way re-designed the program as Diversity on Board. The goal remains the same: develop more diverse talent for service on nonprofit Board of Directors through a program of leadership development, education and service.

2018-2019 PROGRAM Dates

Opening Retreat
Thursday, October 4
8:30 a.m.–6:30 p.m.

Nonprofit Board Governance and Ethics, Policies & Governance/Intro to Coaching Experience
Thursday, November 1
8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Strategic Planning for Nonprofits, Introduction to Understanding Nonprofits’ Financial Health, Intro to Public/Governmental Boards
Thursday, December 13
8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Nonprofit Financial Health–Intensive
Thursday, January 3
8:30 am–5:00 p.m.

Advocacy and Relationship Building
Thursday, February 7
8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Nonprofit Agency Forum
Thursday, March 7
8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Additional Session

Thursday, April 4
7:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Thursday, May 2
11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.


The application for Diversity on Board is now open through April 19, 2019.


Tuition for the Diversity on Board is $500. This reflects an excellent value based on underwriting support from United Way and in-kind support from a host of venues, presenters, and more. Scholarships are available based on need. We do not give full scholarships. Scholarship requests are considered independently from the applications.

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