If you are considering participating in the NEXT program, we invite you to join us for an informational session. You will have the opportunity to learn about the application process, meet individuals who participated in Fall 2019, and ask any questions you may have. Please select one of the two sessions below to RSVP:

Friday, March 6, 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.          OR        Tuesday, March 10, 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

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 senior leaders to define their next chapter of community involvement and impact, while engaging with other like-minded individuals and key community drivers. The program is perfect for individuals who:

  • Participated in the Signature Program and would find it valuable to have “refresher” on the Akron community
  • Have taken on community leadership roles, but who may be terming off a number of community boards and are ready to reinvigorate their next chapter of community leadership
  • Are retired executives who are candidates for community involvement and leadership, but who have not been highly involved in the community as retirees

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

2020 Program Dates

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 tuition assistance and/or payment plans are available upon request. Questions? Please contact Kelley.