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 2017 Fall Women's Network CLI will be held on the following Thursdays from 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.:

Please note, the first day, September 7, is a full day, while the remainder of the dates will be half days.
September 7-Opening Retreat 
September 21-Vision and Strategic Thinking
October 5-Relationship Building
October 19-Influence and Advocacy 
November 2-Executing/Delivering Results
November 16-Closing/Graduation

Applications are open for Class 5 from June 1-August 1. Apply today


Women's Network

(330) 256-1122

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