Emerging Leaders

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Are you looking for an opportunity to develop as an Emerging Leader in your organization and community?

Emerging Leaders is an in-depth and practical guide that goes beyond competencies and skill-building. It is an interactive journey that gives leaders a road map to navigate the challenges of personal and professional growth. This is done by providing an environment that promotes the exchange of ideas and shared experiences among leaders.

Within this group, you will have access to individuals with whom you can exchange ideas and share strategies to achieve personal and professional growth and success. You will learn with and from others how you can integrate ethics, spirituality and integrity into your day-to-day work life while balancing work, family, service, and self from a values-based perspective.

The series is open to 15 Emerging Leaders, who are seeking opportunities of increasing responsibility, from the Greater Akron region. Monthly meetings will be held to reflect upon the core themes of Leadership From The Inside Out by Kevin Cashman as well as take time for engagement on numerous areas of potential growth as leaders.

“For me, one of the biggest benefits is meeting people outside of my normal network of life, and to commit on a deep level to share experiences and stories together.”

2022-2023 –Emerging Leaders Series Details:

Date & Time: 7:30 a.m.–9:00 a.m. on every third Tuesday from September 2022-August 2023.  

Location: 37 N. High Street, Suite B, Akron, Ohio 44308.  *In-person & virtual options are available.

Cost: $500 – Includes all sessions & materials.

Tuition assistance is available. Please call to discuss options.

Sign-ups are officially open for our Fall 2022 start.

September 20, 2022 7:30 a.m.–9:00 a.m.
October 18, 2022 7:30 a.m.–9:00 a.m.
November 15, 2022 7:30 a.m.–9:00 a.m.
December 20, 2022 7:30 a.m.–9:00 a.m.
January 17, 2023 7:30 a.m.–9:00 a.m.
February 21, 2023 7:30 a.m.–9:00 a.m.
March 21, 2023 7:30 a.m.–9:00 a.m.
April 18, 2023 7:30 a.m.–9:00 a.m.
May 16, 2023 7:30 a.m.–9:00 a.m.
June 20, 2023 7:30 a.m.–9:00 a.m.
July 18, 2023 7:30 a.m.–9:00 a.m.
August 15, 2023 7:30 a.m.–9:00 a.m.

 “I’ve gained confidence and presence. I would encourage others to participate to enhance their self-awareness as a leader and have dedicated time monthly to do the inner work necessary to lead with integrity.”

Topics Covered:

Session 1 – Opening Retreat – Preparing for the Journey

Session 2 – Telling Our Stories: Strengthening Our Connections

Session 3 – The Foundation of Leadership Development

Session 4 – Working through Conscious and Shadow Beliefs

Session 5 – The Quest for Authenticity

Session 6 – Discovering and Living with Purpose

Session 7 – Relating Well with Others

Session 8 – Opening Up to Change

Session 9 – Moving toward Greater Resilience

Session 10 – Taking the Journey within as a Human Being

Session 11 – Laying the Groundwork for Taking Action

Session 12 – Closing Retreat – Coaching Yourself and Others

“The self-awareness that came from the reflections and discussions from the series has really helped ground me in my work and personal life. From hearing from others in the group, there is plenty more to learn for myself and others.”

Charmaine Rice, MA


Charmaine Rice, MA, has worked extensively in workshop facilitation, instructional design, organizational development, change management, and team building. She believes that diversity inspires innovation and inclusion is the secret to sustainable success for individuals, teams, and organizations. She currently works as the Vice President, Diversity and Inclusion at AmTrust Financial Services, Inc.


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Jeremy Lile, M.Div.

Executive Director, Facilitator

Jeremy Lile, M.Div., for over 15 years, Jeremy has facilitated and coached individuals and teams to live out their core values and to respect and appreciate the diverse strengths and perspectives that each person brings to their work and all of life.  He believes that the foundational skills that come from the inner life have the most potential to inspire people in the work they do. He currently serves as the executive director of Heart to Heart.