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 […]

Torchbearers Celebrates 15 Years

Torchbearers marked its 15th year as an organization during our anniversary celebration, held February 22 at Tangier. Presented by Square One Engineering, nearly 300 community leaders, friends of Torchbearers, members and alumni joined us for this year’s signature event. Thank you to all of you who have supported Torchbearers over the last 15 years, personally […]

Thank you and best wishes, Mark Scheffler!

“There’s a defining element of Akron leadership that sets us apart from other places, and it’s one that both Torchbearers and Leadership Akron help to create. More than anywhere else that I know, leaders in Akron seem to be as interested in developing others as they are in advancing their own success.” – Mark Scheffler […]

Recruitment Begins for Torchbearers Class of 2019

All prospective members of the Torchbearers Class of 2019 are encouraged to attend the 9th Annual Recruitment Mixer on Thursday, April 19, 2018 at 5:30pm at the Northside Marketplace in Akron. This event is a great opportunity for emerging leaders in our community to learn about the Torchbearers organization and how to get more involved in […]