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Leadership groups extend affiliation

4/11/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

Photo courtesy of Leadership Akron
AKRON — Leadership Akron and Torchbearers have signed an agreement to collaborate more closely in efforts to advance community leadership in the Akron area, the organizations recently announced. This new affiliation agreement will allow the two groups to work together on an ongoing basis.

Originally initiated in 2009, the collaboration has led to an improved TB College, the leadership development program for members of Torchbearers, according to organization officials. Other activities have included a joint service project, cooperation on operations and programs, coordinated fundraising, ex-officio board representatives and collaboration on marketing efforts.

Both organizations will retain independent governance and distinct identities. Torchbearers will identify as an independent affiliate of Leadership Akron.

“The agreement assures that Leadership Akron and Torchbearers will continue strengthening one another for the foreseeable future, enhancing both organizations’ impact in our community,” said Leadership Akron President Mark Scheffler.

Torchbearers was founded in 2003 by Akron area residents Scott Read and Jefferson Satterfield, both alumni of Leadership Akron. The organization was created to identify, connect and develop young leaders in Greater Akron.

“The support of Leadership Akron has been key to Torchbearers’ success, helping us to create meaningful opportunities for community service and leadership development for our members,” said Torchbearers President Amanda Leffler.

Pictured above, from left, are Kelly Price, of Torchbearers; Bernett Williams, secretary of the Leadership Akron Board of Trustees; Leffler; Laura Culp, president of the Leadership Akron Board of Trustees; Kyle Kutuchief, vice president of Torchbearers; Scheffler; Karen Talbott, of the Leadership Akron Board of Trustees; Marie Reichart, of Torchbearers; and Tom Doll, of the Leadership Akron Board of Trustees.

For more information on Leadership Akron, go to www.leadershipakron.org. For more information on Torchbearers, go to www.torchbearersakron.com.

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