Community Leadership Institute

Applications for Class 8 open on November 19 

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.  The program is built on Leadership Akron’s community engagement modeled with the Women’s Network focus on strength based leadership and issues women face in the workplace, including gender dynamics and unconscious bias. 

Sessions are led by community leaders and organizations who exemplify these leadership strengths. Sessions are held at various community locations and allow participants to be exposed to the great work being done in Greater Akron.  Throughout 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.   

 “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 Fall Women's Network CLI will be held on the following Thursdays from 8:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.:

Please note, the first session is a full day, while the remainder of the dates will be half days.

Opening Retreat 

Vision and Strategic Thinking

Relationship Building

Influence and Advocacy 

Executing/Delivering Results


Congratulations to our Spring 2018 Women's Network CLI Class 6 Graduates! 

Rana Amawi
Pre-Surgical Services Nurse Practitioner
Cleveland Clinic- Akron General

Denise Basch
Don Basch Jewelers

Kimberly Braver

Customer Care Center Unit Leader
Westfield Insurance

Kathryn Bryan
Financial Planner
Dorman Legacy Advisors

Crystal Burnett
Summit County Probate Court

Kelli Crawford- Smith
CDBG/ Entitlement Administrator
City of Cuyahoga Falls 

Lisa Ennis
Executive Director
Akron Area YMCA

Lily Holderbaum
Coordinator of the PATH Center, Sexual                                                  Assault, Forensic Nurse Examiner 
Cleveland Clinic Akron General

Alyce Jennings
Director of Development
Summit County Community Partnership

Katherine Johnson
New View Communications 

Lia Jones
Director, Alumni and Development
The University of Akron

Jessica Korzhiletskiy
Enterprise Risk Management Analyst
FirstEnergy Corp.

Shalini Makkar
Director, Performance Management 
Premiere Medical Resources 

Sue Myers
Business Banking Relationship Manager
Huntington National Bank

Karen Noftsinger

Developmental Therapy Supervisor
The Blick Center

Tina Sanzone 
Administrative Director
Akron Children's Hospital

Laura Shank
Marketing Director
Apple Growth Partners

Katelyn Stiver
Principal, Marketing
JumpStart Inc.

Kristie Warner
Owner, General Manager
Gavin Scott Salon and Spa

Julie Weagraff
Director, Fund Development
Girl Scouts of North East Ohio

Heather Welsh
Senior Manager, Wealth Planning
Sequoia Financial Group

Stephanie Zelasko
Development Coordinator

Courtney Zimmerman
Owner/ Principal
Aurora Research Associates, LLC

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