Authentic Leadership: Leading with Strength (formerly known as the WNCLI) is a six-session program engineered as a catalyst for women to learn how to leverage their individual strengths and gain significant positions of leadership.  Applications are now open until September 19th for the fall series to start with a full-day retreat on September 26, 2019. 

Apply for Authentic Leadership: Leading with Strength.

Hear what past participants have to say:

    Heather Welsh
    Vice President,
    Wealth Management, Sequoia Financial

    Through discovery & discussion of my strengths and those possessed by others, I was better prepared to step into a leadership role when presented with the opportunity to do so. The experience of learning from the women within my class from both in & outside of my industry was invaluable. I recommend anyone interested in pursuing leadership opportunities enroll."

    Shannon Whalen
    Software Developer
    President, Akron Women in Tech

    "In the fall of 2018, I participated in the WNCLI in order to gain valuable leadership skills. I was attracted to this program because it was not just offering broad leadership information, but personalized, actionable guidance on how to be the best leader I can be based on my unique strengths. Women’s Network delivered! Since graduating, I have changed jobs and am now making more money and have more freedom in my schedule than ever before."  

    Donna Neff
    Sales Consultant,
    Source 3 Media

    "So many great things began because I attended the WNCLI class. We had the privilege of meeting women leaders, established in their professions; strengthfinders brought practical tips for creating more healthy and productive work climates; and the class ushered me into the conference rooms and lives of professional women whom I would have never met outside of this experience.  look forward to the newly branded class."

    Are you ready to learn how to Lead with Strength? 

    Apply for Authentic Leadership: Leading with Strength.



    • Take the StrengthsFinder 2.0 test (included in course fee)
    • Understand what it means to lead with strength
    • Learn and apply Four Pillars of Leadership:
    Vision and Strategic Thinking
    Relationship Building
    Influence & Advocacy

    • Develop tools to leverage your unique strengths
    • Learn to be intentional
    • Gain context from other leaders
    • Formulate an ACTION plan (Career Mapping)


        • Meet female corporate and community leaders
        • Build community connections
        • Build a community of support & friendship
        • Build to meet YOUR expectation

        Unconscious Bias

        • Recognize and understand the dynamics in the workplace
        • Build confidence around self-advocacy  
        • Be proactive when impacted


        Participants must agree to attend all sessions.

        Session I – Opening Retreat — Thursday, September 26 8:00 am to 4:00 pm: Cleveland Clinic Akron General Health & Wellness Center, 1940 Town Park Blvd., Uniontown 44685, continental breakfast and lunch included 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm: Welcome reception & networking at 35 Brix, Heritage Crossing Plaza, 3875 Massillon Rd. Uniontown 44685

        Session II – Vision & Strategic Thinking - Thursday, October 10 Noon to 5:00 pm: Lunch at Akron Family Restaurant, 250 West Market St., Akron 44303 Session to follow at Access, Inc. 230 West Market St., Akron 44303

        Session III – Relationship Building - Tuesday, October 22 8:30 am to 1:30 pm: Greater Akron Chamber of Commerce meeting space, 388 S Main St Ste. 205, Akron, 44311 Lunch included

        Session IV – Advocacy & Influence - Thursday, Nov. 7 8:30 am – 1:30 pm: Sikich, 274 White Pond Dr, Akron, 44320 Lunch included

        Session V – Executing - Thursday, Nov. 14 8:30 am – 1:30 pm: Akron Canton Regional Foodbank, 350 Opportunity Parkway, Akron, Ohio 44307 Lunch included

        Session VI – Graduation - Friday, Nov 22 8:30 am – 1:30 pm Graduation, Hilton Garden Inn, 1307 E Market St, Akron, OH 44305 Lunch included

        Pricing is as follows: Women's Network/Greater Akron Chamber Member Price: $995 | Non-Members: $1,295
        Includes meals and class materials. All fees must be collected prior to the first date of the course.


        1. Apply to the program. 
        2. Your application will be reviewed. 
        3. If accepted, you will receive a confirmation email with payment options.
        4. Once payment is received, a link to the StrengthsFinder test will be sent.

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