Author Archives: TB Admin

Torchbearers Announces Class of 2019

After thoughtful consideration, 40 of greater Akron’s emerging leaders have been selected from an exceptionally competitive field to join Torchbearers in 2019. Applicants completed a detailed process to be considered for membership, including completion of a written application and an interview with current Torchbearers members. The entire process spanned three months and culminated with a […]

Community draws together at 12th annual AkRun & Crawl

Torchbearers hosted its 12th annual AkRun & Crawl 5k race on June 9 along the scenic Ohio and Erie Canal Towpath in Merriman Valley. TB shook things up this year – the race took place in the morning, a yoga class was offered simultaneously for the non-runners who support us, and the post-race event was […]

Entrepreneur Express opens eyes and minds to local businesses

Born from Torchbearers’ 2017 Activate Akron conversations within community impact, the Entrepreneurship Express rolled out on April 27th. 30 Torchbearers loaded onto the downtown trolley for a tour highlighting entrepreneurship in Akron. The tour was hosted by Heather Roszczyk, Innovation & Entrepreneurship Advocate for the City of Akron Mayor’s Office of Economic Development. The first […]

Torchbearers welcomes donations to endowment to support strategic plan

At the 15th Anniversary Celebration earlier this year, Torchbearers announced a comprehensive two-year strategic plan. This strategic plan set forth a vision to enhance the opportunities that Torchbearers makes available to emerging leaders in the community, while laying out a path to shape the nonprofit into the type of organization it hopes to become. To […]

There is still time to apply to Torchbearers Class of 2019

Applications for the Torchbearers Class of 2019 are open through June 30! We’re looking for emerging leaders (aged 25-39) who want to connect with the greater Akron community, develop their leadership skills, and engage with others who share their passion for community involvement. For full details and to start the application process, visit

Akron Civic Commons

If you’ve heard the term Reimagining the Civic Commons around Akron in the last year, you are not alone. This concept has been seeping its way into Akron’s lexicon at record speed, but you may be wondering: what is it? Reimagining the Civic Commons is a new approach to revitalizing and connecting civic assets. Funded […]

Torchbearers Endowment Fund

Did you know you can make a donation to Torchbearers through the Akron Community Foundation? You can help us continue our mission by donating to the Torchbearers Endowment Fund at Thank you for your support.

Torchbearers discover strengths, talents at Leadership & Development workshops

In February, the Class of 2018 participated in their first workshop: Strengths and Personal Awareness. First year members took the StrengthsFinder assessment prior to the session, and facilitator Linda Diefendorff guided the group throughout the process of self-discovery. Members also participated in group activities to show the importance of leveraging talents and strengths within a […]

TB Takeovers: A day in the life of a Torchbearer

Torchbearers has started TB Takeovers – a series of guest content creators taking over the @tb_akron Instagram account. Instagram is a great tool for storytelling, as well as the most-used social media platform for engaging with our target membership. A TB Takeover consists of a member or alumni showing off what a day in their […]