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.”

*Applications for Class 5 will open Summer 2017*

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

Please note, the first day, February 14, is a full day, while the remainder of the dates will be half days.
February 14-Opening Retreat 
February 28-Vision and Strategic Thinking
March 14-Relationship Building
March 28-Influence and Advocacy 
April 18-Executing/Delivering Results
May 9-Closing/Graduation

Congratulations to the following women who were selected to participate in the Spring 2017 Women's Network CLI: 

Reka Barabas
Bad Girl Ventures

Katie Basch
Kastner, Westman & Wilkins, LLC

Mary Becker
John Carroll University

Samantha Holland-Coffield
Westfield Bank

Jan Conrad
Women's Business Center

Andrea Conti
City of Cuyahoga Falls

Kristen Criswell
Babcox Media

Bethany Lemley
FedEx Custom Critical 

Yoly Miller-Heisler
Writer, Photographer & Promoter of All Things Akron

Christine Myers
Associated Underwriters Insurance

Helena Peters
Akron Area YMCA

Laura Petrella
Cuyahoga Falls Chamber of Commerce

Lindsey Phillips
Huntington Bank

Katy Podojil
Akron Children's Hospital

Tara Regan
Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio

Andrea Rogers
Akron Children's Hospital

Lee Sahadi
Cleveland Clinic Akron General

Stephanie Smith
Bober, Markey & Fedorovich

Susan To
Summa Health

Nicole Walker
Summit County Probate Court

Mary Wilson Wheelock
ALS Association Northern Ohio Chapter

Michele Wilmoth
Akron Children's Hospital

Heather Campbell-Wilson
The Blick Clinic

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