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TB College Graduation

  • Thursday, December 4th, 2014 at 5:30pm - 7pm
    Location: The Nightlight, 30 North High Street, Akron

    As we close in on 2014, we would like to recognize Torchbearers' Class of 2014 for their…

    • 25 people are attending

Towing the Blue Line: Torchbearers run one of the greatest

Posted by Torchbearers, Friday, October 3rd, 2014 @ 3:48pm

  • Team Bravo Relay: Pictured left to right, Tim Pestian (Kat Pestian’s husband), Samantha Coldwell, Jonny Miller, Nicole Mullet & Patrick Bravo

    For the past 12 years, the Akron Marathon continues to attract thousands of runners and spectators into the city. The event is now a hallmark of the community as it brings out the best in what Akron has to offer. As runners run the blue line, they see the beauty of the community with its rich industrial legacy and picturesque landscapes; and friendly faces of neighborhood spectators and community volunteers. The race has become incredibly popular and each year more people are drawn to participate. Several Torchbearers participated in this year’s running of the Akron Marathon, including some seasoned veterans hoping to snag another personal record.

    One member recalls his participation as a pivotal moment that shifted the course of his life. Nathan Eppink met his wife, Kelly, in 2006 while the two participated on a relay team.

    “We started talking moments before the start and continued to do so for the next several miles,” Nathan said. “We were married in 2008 and have two little girls, ages 4 and 2. This will be my 10th year participating in the Akron Marathon. Kelly and I are running the half.”

    “It’s a great event and I’m proud that thousands of runners will experience the Towpath Trail and Sand Run Metro Park. That really separates the Akron Marathon from other races.”

    Catey Breck also ran the half marathon this year. “I really challenged myself to set a personal record with under two hours, even if it was 1:59:59,” she laughed. “I remember talking to Kyle about what pace to set and thinking, ‘Dang, I got to run that fast?’ With the help of the app RunKeeper, I was able to train and achieve my goal. The volunteers and organizers really make the event a great one to participate in and I look forward to it every year.”

    Several members concluded their favorite part of the event is the time spent training together. Nicole Mullet, Getta Cornici, and Samantha Coldwell would spend time preparing for their events running at the Sand Run jogging trail early in the morning.

    “I was a soccer player in high school so running has always been a part of my life,” recalled Samantha. “I started running races in 2010 when I did my first Akron Relay with Getta and some high school friends.”

    Samantha, Nicole, Patrick Bravo and Kat Pestain’s husband, Tim, ran as Team Bravo, a relay team to support Patrick’s reelection to the Akron Public School Board. All looked forward to celebrating after the race together.

    “The marathon is one of my favorite events in Akron largely because of the community involvement,” Nicole shared. “You get to see absolutely everyone either on the Blue Line or after the race.”

    Kyle Kutuchief ran the full marathon after running the relay the past 8 consecutive years. “This year, I’ve been running in knee high CEP compression socks because I have a nagging Achilles injury,” he revealed. “They are working really well, but I’ve seen a couple of photos from races I’ve run and they looked absolutely ridiculous.”

    Many runners were impressed by the great giveaways after the race. Participants in the full and half marathon received a pair of finisher socks provided by Swiftwick, maker of compression running socks. Certainly, one would be remiss to not acknowledge the generous support of Michelob Ultra, which were available to those of legal age at the end of the race.

    “Michelob Ultra has stuck with their marketing plan that somehow beer and exercise go together,” Kyle said. “The beer itself is pretty bad, but the exercise icons on the can always make me laugh.”

    Next year, there will be three times the excitement with the launch of the Rubber City Race Series. Organized by the Akron Marathon, the series will include an 8k and 1 mile run in June, a half marathon and 10k in August, and the full marathon, relay and half marathon scheduled for September.

The LeBron James Family Foundation’s Promise Project

Posted by Torchbearers, Friday, October 3rd, 2014 @ 3:44pm

  • One of Lebron James’ first public acts as newly returned king wasn’t the PR-fueled autograph session at the Quicken Loans arena or the 30,000-person event at InfoCision Stadium. It was the launch of The LeBron James Family Foundation’s “Promise Project,” right here in Akron, Ohio —and with the help of our very own Torchbearers.

    On Saturday, August 2, Team Torchbearers joined eight other local groups to give a big gift to ten students from LeBron’s Wheels for Education (WFE) class of 2021. That gift was a complete yard and home exterior makeover, plus a huge home interior renovation for one of the students.

    Team Torchbearers worked—through rain and some shine—at the home of WFE student La’Zurae and her family. Tasks included cleaning gutters, planting beds of flowers, trimming tree limbs, and even scaling the roof to remove debris.

    The Akron Beacon Journal reported about Torchbearers’ participation citing that the Torchbearer volunteers didn’t want the family to worry about helping with the work and wanted them “just to enjoy the gift.” According to several Torchbearer volunteers, though, La’Zurae stayed pretty close to the action all day.

    The HGTV personality Nicole Curtis appeared at several of the Promise Project sites and will feature the project on her popular HGTV show “Rehab Addict” this October.

8th Annual AkRun & Crawl a Success

Posted by Torchbearers, Friday, October 3rd, 2014 @ 3:39pm

  • Running and pub crawling were on the menu and Torchbearers delivered for the Eighth Annual AkRun and Crawl in downtown Akron on August 23rd. Over 150 young professionals and others from the region took part in this year’s event which included a 5K race followed by a pub crawl through some of Akron’s most notable watering holes.

    The AkRun kicked off at 5pm on the Towpath Trail behind the AES building downtown and was highlighted by pleasant weather and sunshine throughout the one-hour event. Participants ran alongside the city’s historic Ohio & Erie Canal in the shadows of the venerable Canal Place complex to the approving gazes of spectators and ever present geese.

    Next, the action moved to ZAR Nightclub to kick off the pub crawl portion of the evening. Race results were announced from the second level of the nightclub to over 200 runners, crawlers, and other members of the Greater Akron community.

    Several drink specials were offered by the club to event participants and many of the runners took the opportunity to recoup their burned off calories via a slate of delicious beverages.

    Later, the action moved across the street to Paolo’s where another bevy of drink specials greeted the AkRun revelers. The venue was packed as the crowd imbibed delicious drinks and food platters.

    The evening wrapped up at The Game restaurant and bar on the lower level of Canal Park Stadium. As with the other stops, The Game offered our Crawlers several phenomenal drink specials and also catered the food bar for event participants. The location provided a delicious and scenic endcap to another exciting AkRun & Crawl.

    The Eighth Annual Akrun & Crawl, which raised more than $4,000, was gracefully sponsored by Second Sole, Roetzel & Andress, BCG & Company, ZAR Nightclub and Martini Bar, Run To You Racing, and Bober Markey Fedorovich.

TB Surveys Alumni and the Results are in!

Posted by Torchbearers, Friday, October 3rd, 2014 @ 3:36pm

  • For several years, Torchbearers has maintained a taskforce charged with measuring the impact of Torchbearers’ actions internally within the membership and externally within the community. Recently, the taskforce chose to survey Torchbearers’ nearly two-hundred alumni, of which thirty-nine responded.

    100% of respondents said they would recommend TB to a young professional today.

    Questions centered on both personal experience and perception of the organization as it stands today. Additionally, the survey solicited support for current TB programming and gauged interest in enhanced programming for TB alumni. Generally, the feedback was very positive. 84% of TB Alumni, who responded to a 2014 survey, agreed that Torchbearers had a positive impact on his or her personal engagement with the Akron community, professional life, AND personal development. The opportunity to connect with, and be inspired by, other motivated young professionals was identified as the driving force behind positive growth. One alumni shared “Seeing my peers working hard and getting things done, professionally and personally, inspired me to do the same.” Another result from the survey, which Torchbearers is particularly proud of, is that 100% of respondents said they would recommend TB to a young professional today. This positive word-of-mouth is highly appreciated and surely a key factor behind the success of recent recruitment efforts and strength of TB’s current membership.

    Torchbearers is also using survey results to consider improvements for the organization, including re-evaluating its method of maintaining its alumni database and developing a TB alumni event. Finally, TB looks forward to leveraging its resource of accomplished alumni as speakers, panelist, and consultants for programs such as TB College and InternEdge.

Connect2Akron Event Looking to "Connect the Unconnected" in October

Posted by Torchbearers, Friday, October 3rd, 2014 @ 3:34pm

  • Connect2Akron (c2a) seeks to connect college students, recent graduates, and young professionals with non-profit organizations in the Greater Akron region. Connect2Akron is a FREE event and will take place on Thursday, October 16th at 5:30pm at the Akron Art Museum.

    The initiative is the result of a collaboration of the ArtCetera, Downtown Akron Partnership Emerging Leaders, Torchbearers, Young Professionals of Akron, and Greater Akron Young Professionals Network organizations in an effort to increase the connectivity of our area’s young professional population and make a meaningful and lasting impact on our community.

    "We are bringing together non-profit organizations who have articulated a specific need or needs our target population can meet. Guests will have meaningful interaction and connection with the non-profits starting with information, but expanding to include the opportunity to sign-up for future volunteer or fundraising efforts," said Nicole Mullet, Torchbearers Board Member and c2a committee member.

    "Connect2Akron is a great way for members of the community to engage with non-profits, while discovering a wide array of opportunities from volunteering to sitting on a board. c2a is unique in that we will have members from area young professional groups on hand to help people match interests with non-profit organizations. It’s a win-win for everyone from the individual & organization to the community as a whole," said Amber Genet, President of Downtown Akron Partnership Emerging Leaders and c2a committee member.

    The event is being sponsored by Akron Rotary, Proximity Marketing, Tim Fitzwater of Zipper City Photography, and the Akron Art Museum.

    For more information about the event or to register, visit www.ypakron.org/c2a.

First Year Torchbearers College Experience

Posted by Torchbearers, Friday, October 3rd, 2014 @ 3:32pm

  • Leadership development has been an integral part of the Torchbearers’ mission since its inception in 2003. The TB College curriculum has played a key role in developing the professional skills of Torchbearers through an effective program of education and training.

    In 2014, with help from Leadership Akron, Torchbearers selected Linda Diefendorff as its facilitator, a move that has enhanced the TB College curriculum and benefitted the organization. Diefendorff is the founder and president of Brio Performance Solutions, LLC, a consulting firm that specializes in organizational development and communications.

    Adrienne Bradley, who serves as chairperson of TB College, knows how instrumental Diefendorff has been in helping the committee shape the curriculum.

    "This year we actually have a standard curriculum to move forward with and a full-time facilitator to incorporate each training into the next," Bradley said. "The curriculum is now more fluid and can be better integrated into the work we do as young professionals. Linda has been a blessing to our committee and we are really lucky to have her and her expertise."

    TB College was established in 2009 through the collaboration of Torchbearers and Leadership Akron with the aim of creating a leadership curriculum for young professionals. Prior to creating Diefendorff’s role, Torchbearers worked closely with Mark Scheffler, the President of Leadership Akron, to find community leaders who could participate in the TB College curriculum and share their stories. The 2014 curriculum planning process began last summer with an emphasis on establishing a dynamic structure that will educate new Torchbearers.

    "The main goal when creating this year’s TB College curriculum was to develop a comprehensive leadership program which would develop our members into better leaders professionally and personally, while gaining insight from current leaders in the Greater Akron community as to what makes a strong and impactful leader," Bradley said.

    The first two TB College sessions, in February and May, incorporated personal assessment tools to help lead the discussions. Attendees completed the Strength Finders and DISC assessments to provide an overview of their personality and behavior traits. Subsequent classes have focused on board training and development, the benefits of successful collaboration, and the importance of teamwork and communication.

    Jenny Hertzig, who is a member of the Torchbearers Class of 2014 as well as the TB College committee, has found the entire curriculum very stimulating.

    "The opportunity to take the different assessments has been really eye-opening for me,” Hertzig said. “It has helped me understand more about myself and also how to work with people who are different from me. I also have really enjoyed getting to meet different leaders in our community."

TB Alumni Spotlight: Meghan MacDonald

Posted by Torchbearers, Friday, October 3rd, 2014 @ 3:24pm

  • Getta Cornici, Ann Manby, Brian Fortney, Donald Scherer and Megan MacDonald at Torchbearers 10th Anniversary Event

    Meghan MacDonald is this months Torchbearers’ Alumni Spotlight feature. For the past 14 years, Meghan has owned her own State Farm Insurance agency. She is involved in mentoring new agents, speaking at meetings and training events, and is currently ranked as one of the top producing agencies in her zone. Meghan was also in Leadership Akron Class 29 so we wanted to sit down and catch up with this TB Alumni Rock Star!

    How did you hear about TB?
    Scott Read (one of our founders) was speaking at the downtown Akron Kiwanis one day for lunch. A local Kiwanis member, Ellen Otto, who is a longtime family friend, suggested I go and hear him speak. It was extremely inspiring to hear what he was doing for the young professionals in Akron. I joined within a few weeks after meeting him!

    What was your biggest takeaway from TB?
    Take the time to find what you are passionate about and spend time serving the community in those areas. Torchbearers will allow you to give back to the community which has given so much to you. You will also find yourself wanting to spend more time and energy on causes that are important to you.

    How many new relationships did you generate from TB professionally and personally?
    I cannot say enough wonderful things about the friendships that were generated through Torchbearers. I have a group of five amazing ladies who I met in TB, and they have become some of my dearest friends. We make it a point to get together every month as a group and often times see each other more than that. Ten years of lunches, dinners, weddings, births, and tons of phone calls have been some of my fondest memories.

    What would you say to those considering TB?
    Don’t hesitate for a second…join right away. But, if you are going to join make sure you can give TB 150% of your time, energy, and talent. This is an organization where you grow professionally and personally, but not without also giving back to the organization.

    Have you won any awards or recognition since being in TB?
    I was in the first “class” of the Greater Akron Chamber’s 30 For the Future and received the Northern Ohio Live 30 Under 30.

    Parting thoughts?
    Torchbearers and Leadership Akron have been two of the best things I have ever done! They have gotten me even more involved in the community, generated fantastic friendships, and taught me invaluable leadership skills. I am so impressed to see all the wonderful things TB is doing each year. Every year just builds upon the last and it gets better and better. I am proud of all that TB has accomplished through the years and all they continue to do in our community. Kudos to all members and alumni on a job well done!

TB Member Spotlight: Black Babcock

Posted by Torchbearers, Friday, October 3rd, 2014 @ 3:21pm

  • If you already know first-year Torchbearers member, Blake Babcock, it won’t surprise you to learn that he is quite the diverse guy. If you were to see the music on his iPod; Jay-Z, Drake, The Beatles, Elton John, 311, Incubus, O.A.R., and Red Wanting Blue (just to name a few), and read his Twitter description; Speaker, Triathlete, Leader, Philanthropist, and Blogger; you may not realize you’re reading about the same guy.

    When Blake isn’t taking selfies while holding his almost one year-old triplets he serves as the Director of Northeast Ohio Operations for Fast Switch, an IT Staffing Firm. You’ll often find him working from his Jackson Township home where he creates and implements new sales and marketing initiatives and develops new clients, pretty close to fulfilling his dream of playing in the NBA or being a TV sports talk show host when he grew up, right?!

    Blake’s an old-fashioned guy who prefers a paper book over a Kindle, and has the library to prove it. It’s no wonder then that the best gift he’s ever received was an Amazon Gift Card. The worst was, a "nut/shell type looking thing the size of a golf ball. When you opened it there was a little bug (fake) and its legs moved."

    If you’re trying to find Blake around Akron, you can often catch him at Akron Family Restaurant for breakfast, or with his wife Kristina at Bricco enjoying dinner and drinks.

TB Member Spotlight: Aaron Kurchev

Posted by Torchbearers, Tuesday, August 26th, 2014 @ 10:03pm

  • With a wife, two kids, a dog, and dreams of being a baker, fireman, and a speedracer, it’s a good thing Aaron Kurchev doesn’t waste money; he just, “buys really cool things that he doesn’t need.” He also probably shouldn’t count on lottery winnings, because so far he’s only won, “ball games with dramatic bottom of the 7th line drives,” and, “a sexy leg contest in high school.”

    Aaron starts the day off by reading the start button on his coffee maker and heading to Gojo Industries where he is the product manager for all manual dispenser systems. He spends most of his days in meetings and keeping projects on schedule, before heading home to Rootstown.

    Aaron said the one word that best describes him is, “kerfuffule.” This explains a lot considering what could have been the best gift he ever received turned out to be the worst. As a 15 year old (with very sexy legs), Aaron desperately wanted an old Volkswagen Beetle. What his dad actually got him was a model of a Beetle. Aaron’s excitement lasted about 15 seconds. Too bad, because he would have looked so cool driving around in his Beetle, listening to some of his favorite artists, Johnny Cash, Hank Williams Jr,, and Waylon Jennings.

TB Member Spotlight: Erin Maconachy

Posted by Torchbearers, Tuesday, August 26th, 2014 @ 10:01pm

  • Since first year Torchbearers’ member Erin Maconachy plan of becoming a princess didn’t pan out, she fell back on her third back-up plan, her second was to be a ballerina, and is now a Senior Account Director for Outcast Fuel Network. She works to help her clients reach customers using a video platform built into gas station pumps.

    When she’s not traveling for work, she works from her home office in Northwest Akron, accompanied by her Labradoodle, Bogey, “the best gift she’s ever received.” Erin starts her day off by reading The Skimm, a daily email newsletter that “skims” all of the news and provides relevant headlines/highlights across a broad range of newsworthy topics. We’re guessing she reads The Skimm on her iPad, but given the choice, she would choose an old-fashioned paper book over a kindle.

    As a Kanas City transplant, Erin loves the variety of restaurants Akron has to offer. A huge fan of brunch, she and her husband Drew love Blue Door Café, and for dinner, Nuevo is quickly becoming a staple. You can also find her at Vasili’s Greek Cuisine in the valley for a quick, authentic, and delicious meal.

30 For the Future - Lucky #13

Posted by Torchbearers, Tuesday, August 26th, 2014 @ 9:59pm

  • As part of the Greater Akron Chamber’s strategy to attract and retain talent in the region, the “30 for the Future” award honors young professionals (ages 25-39) whose stellar contributions impact their industries and the Greater Akron Region.

    This year thirteen Torchbearer members and alumni were selected to be recognized as part of this prestigious group. Congratulations to:

    • Rachel Barnette, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
    • Adrienne Bradley, Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank
    • Samantha Coldwell, Barberton High School
    • Nathan Eppink, Summit Metro Parks
    • Craig Horbus, Witschey Witschey & Firestine Co., LPA
    • Amber Genet, Westfield Insurance
    • Megan Hershberger, FedEx Truckload Brokerage
    • Scott Kolligian, Leiby Hanna Rasnick Towne Evanchan Palmisano & Hobson, LLC
    • Nicole Mullet, The University of Akron
    • Laura Shank, Apple Growth Partners
    • Hillary Stewart, FirstEnergy
    • Erin Victor, Ken Stewart's Restaurants
    • Laura Wallerstein, Brennan, Mannan & Diamond, LLC

Ambassador Program

Posted by Torchbearers, Tuesday, August 26th, 2014 @ 9:58pm

  • 2014 has been a banner year for Torchbearers as it pursues one of its key goals of attracting and retaining talent in the Greater Akron area. Leading the effort has been the launch of Intern Edge and Ambassador, two programs that have received generous grants from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

    While Intern Edge is a six-week structured summer program, Ambassador is in the middle of its pilot phase that began in February and will continue through October. The aim of Ambassador is to connect new recruits and key talent at local companies with various Torchbearers, who are knowledgeable about Akron and have a strong passion for living and working in this community. Each new recruit or existing employee participating in Ambassador completes an interest survey and is paired up with an Ambassador who best shares the same interests. An outside consultant acts as a liaison between the local companies and Torchbearers to help facilitate the survey completion and matching process.

    Brian Hollingsworth, who is vice-chair of the Talent Attraction Retention Committee (TARC) for Torchbearers, sees Ambassador as a perfect fit for Akron. “Ambassador is such a great program for Akron because the culture of Akron is all about personal relationships,” Hollingsworth said. “We sit down; we meet with each other, and share our passions about what makes the area great. This program is a great way to introduce that culture to people looking to move to the area, or those that may not have gotten a chance to engage in a meaningful way.”

    A key part of the current pilot phase for Ambassador is generating feedback from local companies as well as trying a wide range of different meeting formats, which have ranged from coffee and sit-down meals to runs through Sand Run Metro Park.

    In February, TARC held a breakfast meeting with various Human Resources professionals from local companies as an opportunity to promote Ambassador and explore new ideas for making the program successful. The goal for Ambassador after the pilot phase, which is being funded by a $12,000 Knight grant, is to continue as a self-funded program that companies support and help grow each year.

    “Ambassador’s potential has yet to be fully realized,” Hollingsworth said. “We want to make sure that this is an effective program for the Greater Akron area and so we are trying to be very intentional about review and future implementation. We are excited for what the future holds for this program.”

    If you are interested in participating in the Ambassador program or know someone who would benefit from it, please contact Jennifer Towell at ambassadors@torchbearersakron.com

Torchbearers Take Action

Posted by Torchbearers, Tuesday, August 26th, 2014 @ 9:53pm

  • On June 20, 2014, fifteen Torchbearers and three Intern Edge participants volunteered for United Way of Summit County’s 21st Annual Day of Action on site at the Boy Scouts of America’s Camp Manatoc located in Peninsula. Torchbearers’ eighteen participants were part of the Day of Action’s 1,400 volunteers at 94 sites across Summit County.

    Our volunteers performed a variety of service that included activities such as assisting Scouts at the archery range, staining tables, and cleaning changing rooms at the Camp’s new $2 million Aquatic Center, which had its inaugural season this summer.

    Torchbearers spent the morning in teams of two spread across various areas of the Camp, helping out with cleaning tasks and interacting with campers.

    During the lunchtime break in activities, Torchbearers were treated to Pepperoni and Vegetarian pizza, with sides of pasta salad and salad. Thirsts were quenched with a tangy batch of red Kool-Aid. The volunteers were also presented with complimentary Boy Scouts coffee mugs as mementos of their visit to Camp Manatoc.

    The afternoon was spent staining tables at various locations across the Camp to preserve them for another season of vigorous use by campers and staff. In addition to a hearty coating of stain for the tables, many of the Torchbearers and Intern Edge volunteers wound up well protected from the elements with splashes of the warm, wood colored table treatment. Approximately twenty tables received a fresh coat of stain courtesy of our motivated young professionals.

    Logan Rice, a participant of Torchbearers’ Intern Edge program, found it to be a rewarding way to spend her Friday. "Day of Action with Torchbearers was an exciting and fun way to help make the Akron community a better place to live," said Logan.

    Heather Lentz, Class of 2013, also found it to be beneficial experience. “Working with the camp and with the boys was an awesome experience, Heather shared. “I was so pleased by the activities available to them to build character and responsibility. Further, I was impressed by the leadership shown by the young Scout leaders. I made our time there worthwhile and purposeful. It felt good to know that our help in fixing up the camp would help contribute to many more months and years of creating conscientious, responsible, and productive young men.”

    The friendly smiles and conduct did not end there, as the new friends from Camp Manatoc assisted some Torchbearers by locating their missing sets of car keys. Although they were tempted to spend the rest of their summer at the Camp, the Torchbearers appreciated being able to finally head home after a long summer Day of Action.

    In all, Torchbearers performed 99 volunteer hours at Camp Manatoc for the 2014 Day of Action. Aaron Kurchev, Class of 2013 and a former Boy Scout, wrapped up why this event was both rewarding and important. "Working with the Boy Scouts of America was a great trip down memory lane having been a Boy Scout in the past,” Aaron stated. “Helping with the daily work gave us a great opportunity to connect with the Scouts who live the BSA’s mission every day and care about their organization. These Boy Scouts will certainly ‘be prepared’ to take on leadership roles in our community."

United Way Day of Action, by Logan Rice

Posted by Torchbearers, Wednesday, July 16th, 2014 @ 1:03am

  • On June 20 the 21st annual United Way Day of Action took place and the Torchbearers invited the interns from the Intern Edge program to participate. Day of Action is a day of work and play that benefits local nonprofit health and human service agencies in Summit County. Different groups and companies are assigned specific parts of the community that need assistance.

    Torchbearers were assigned to Camp Manatoc, a summer camp for Boy Scouts that helps them sharpen their outdoor skills. Service activities ranged from painting picnic tables to taking down soccer nets. Afterwards, they let us climb on the rock wall and served us lunch with the Boy Scouts. As an intern, I felt that during these fun activities, I made meaningful new connections with some of the leaders involved with Torchbearers. Day of Action was a beautiful way to help make the Akron community a better place to live.

Thankful for Intern Edge, by Alex Daher

Posted by Torchbearers, Wednesday, July 16th, 2014 @ 1:02am

  • The Intern Edge program is an amazing opportunity that I am extremely thankful to be involved in. At first, I did not know what to expect from intern edge and honestly after a long day of work the last thing I wanted to do was go to a three-hour “meeting”. After attending the first event my attitude came full circle, and now I look forward to Wednesday at 4:30 and usually end up trying to stay much past seven. This program has giving me a whole new perspective of my hometown in which for so many years I took for granted. Over the last few weeks it has been amazing to hear how many opportunities there are in Akron not only professionally but socially as well. We in the intern edge program have learned numerous skills from how to “work a room” to being a great leader and even what one should wear in the workplace. These invaluable lessons are not brought to us in the usually lecture format we as college student are so accustom too but brought to us with smiles, passion, laughter, engaging conversations, networking and fun.

    Two weeks ago, myself and fourteen other intern edge participants attended a power lunch event with Jason DiLauro. I work in financial services and was very interested to hear what Jason, who runs an extremely successful financial services practice, had to say. Now Jason’s energy was more than enough to get anyone excited but he was also gracious enough to share his candid, blunt opinions on several important topics from why having an internship is important to how great Akron is and even a quick financial planning lesson. I truly believe the interactions and connections the intern edge program has created between employers, their executives with the students and recent graduates will pay dividends for many years to come for all parties involved. This has been an amazing experience.

Leading By Example, by Alex Shannon

Posted by Torchbearers, Thursday, July 3rd, 2014 @ 11:44am

  • Intern Edge has given me a wonderful perspective on the Akron area and how closely knit the city is. Again, tonight reassured my decision to stay in Akron and begin a career when I graduate from The University of Akron. The notion that Akron is a “small, big town” was again proven tonight with 20 community leaders coming together at the First Merit building to speak with our group on Leading by Example. This session offered the opportunity to learn from not only these prominent community leaders who have dedicated their time to help us, but the other interns participating in the program. We were presented with questions that challenged us to think about the characteristics and what steps it takes to be a great leader.

    The afternoon began with Justin Hilton discussing his “Secrets to Success.” I can probably speak on behalf of the group when saying he was an engaging and influential speaker. He stressed the importance of developing habits that will lead to your success and how every aspect of your life leads up to these habits. Another talking point he had was the significance of having a mentor and someone to look up to. This really hit home for me because I have been fortunate enough to have someone to turn to for advice on my professional and personal career, so I understand how powerful it can be. In conclusion, he spoke for all of the community leaders in the room when saying how you should give back to your community, with your time and money. Anyone that has been in the program would agree the people and leaders of Akron share the value of service to their community.

    With each Intern Edge session, I learn more about how much that Akron has to offer. It is incredible how much time the people of Akron contribute to our community, therefore, making it a better place to live. Being a longtime resident in the Akron area, it is easy to lose sight of the resources just in our backyard. Going through the program has opened my eyes to all of the great people, events, and places to enjoy.

Plugging In, by Logan Rice

Posted by Torchbearers, Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014 @ 8:31am

  • Before attending college at Ohio University, I lived in Cuyahoga Falls my entire life. Akron was always in my backyard, but after attending the Plugging In session at Intern Edge, I really never knew what I was missing out on in the community. During the session at Canal Park, representatives from the Akron Zoo, Summit Metro Parks, and the Akron Civic Theatre explained exciting events that are happening this summer. There were also food experts from local restaurants that suggested some of Akron’s hidden gems and professionals that recommended some of the popular places to live in the area for young professionals. Summit County Executive, Russ Pry, and the owner of the Rubber Ducks, Ken Babby, also gave advice on events in Akron and explained why they love the community.

    After each Intern Edge Session, I've learned more about Akron and what it has to offer young professionals. The Plugging In session encouraged interns to explore the unique events that Akron holds this summer and after the session I know that I will definitely be in attendance at many of these events.

TB Family Picnic for TB Members & Alumni, Rescheduled

  • Friday, May 16th, 2014 at 5pm - 7pm
    Location: Winery at Wolf Creek, 2637 S Cleveland-Massillon Rd, Norton

    Join fellow TB Members along with their family members (kids included) and significant others…

    • 12 people attended

5th Annual Recruitment Mixer

  • Thursday, May 15th, 2014 at 5pm - 7pm
    Location: Akron Art Museum, 1 South High Street, Akron
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