Community Leadership Institute


The Women's Network/Leadership Akron Community Leadership Institute (CLI) is a program for women professionals who want to expand their leadership skills, while incorporating community awareness and involvement. 

Established in 2015, the CLI is a joint venture with Leadership Akron that is a first of its kind.  The program comprises Leadership Akron’s targeted leadership experiences and community engagement, and Women’s Network content, which focuses on the key issues women face in the workplace, including gender dynamics and unconscious bias. 

Sessions are led by community leaders and organizations who exemplify these traits. They are held at various community locations and allow participants to be exposed to the great work being done in Greater Akron.  And throughout all of these fantastic learning experiences, women have the opportunity to build long-lasting relationships with other like-minded women, and also gain valuable insight and tools for managing their careers as women.   

CLI focuses on four key leadership traits:

  • Strategic thinking
  • Executing
  • Influence
  • Relationship building
 “The Women’s Network CLI opened my eyes to different perspectives in the community and the wealth of opportunities in our own backyard,” said Diana Selzer, a spring graduate and a commercial lender at Westfield Bank. “It also introduced me to strong women leaders who can assist in advancing all of us as women leaders, ultimately to the benefit of our community.”

The 2018 Spring Women's Network CLI will be held on the following Tuesdays from 8:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.:

Please note, the first day, February 27, is a full day, while the remainder of the dates will be half days.
February 27- Opening Retreat 
March 13- Vision and Strategic Thinking
March 27- Relationship Building
April 10- Influence and Advocacy 
April 24- Executing/Delivering Results
May 8- Closing/Graduation

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Congratulations to our Fall 2017 Women's Network CLI Class 5 Participants: 

Karen Adame
Managing Partner, Operations
Jumpstart, Inc. 

Crista Bartolomucci
Human Resource Coordinator
Apple Growth Partners

Pam Collica
Senior Sales Associate
Greater Akron Chamber

Laura DiNicola
Senior Market Policy Specialist

Pam Dittoe
Clinical Manager
Cleveland Clinic Akron General

Karen Hodge
Assistant Vice President for Advancement
Walsh University

Alicia Huffman
Tax Manager

Karyn Kail
Bober, Markey & Fedorovich

Lindsay Leiby
Community Outreach Specialist
Western Reserve Hospital

Caitlin Lucas
Tax Senior Manager
Bober, Markey & Fedorovich

Ashley Manning
Marketing & Special Events Coordinator
Boys & Girls Clubs of the Western Reserve

 Andrea Margida
Executive Director 
The Valentine Project, Inc. 

Ryan McCormick
GME Coordinator, Medical Education
Cleveland Clinic Akron General

ichelle Murphy
Treasury Management Specialist
Westfield Bank

Donna Neff
Sales Consultant

Tara Regan
Director of Grants & Foundation Relations
Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio

Casey Robinson
Managing Director
Rubber City Theatre

Kassie Shaffer
Fresche Catering

Deborah Smith
Director of Residential Services
The Blick Center

tacey Truelove
Financial Advisor
Edward Jones

Kimberly Young
Assistant Vice President, AML Manager
Huntington National Bank

Erin Zanitsch
Regional Service Director

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