Torchbearers is an affiliated community partner of Leadership Akron

In 2009, the formal affiliation was formed, and it has been renewed in 2013 and 2017. Each organization has its own 501c3 status, board of directors, and annual operating budget.

Our Affiliation Vision

Fuel leadership in Akron by empowering and connecting existing and evolving leaders across a broad spectrum of diversity

Here’s how the two organizations work together:

    • Ex-officio representation at one another’s board meetings
    • Partnerships on fundraising, marketing and communication efforts
    • Regular meetings to share strategic direction and foster alignment, coordinate activities, and identify opportunities for collaboration and synergy
    • Support in a variety of committees, projects, and learning experiences, including:
      – The design of Torchbearers’ first year leadership development curriculum
      – Participation in events, including the Leadership on Main series and annual Torchbearers events, including the anniversary event
      – Contracted development and administration of Intern Edge, a six-week program for interns who come to the greater Akron area during the summer, initially funded by the Knight Foundation and now an ongoing learning experience provided annually by Leadership Akron, with curriculum development and support from Torchbearers

Torchbearers/Leadership Akron Affiliation Vision