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.

2019 Program Dates

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

Parks & Environment Day
Tuesday, September 17
10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Youth & Education Day
Tuesday, September 24
10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Government, Justice & Media Day
Tuesday, October 8
10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Economic Vitality Day
Tuesday, October 15
10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Health Care & Social Services Day
Tuesday, October 22
10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

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

Closing Session
Tuesday, November 12
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 $600 per individual and $900 per couple. Questions? Please contact Kelley.