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2020 Greater Akron Chamber Annual Meeting and Leadership Dialogue

8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
Online - Virtual Event

2020 is not the year anyone planned.  Greater Akron’s business and community leaders have had to reimagine the details of their business, their goals for performance and the way in which they balance achieving their goals with the needs of their employees, customers and stakeholders.

GAC Chair Marc Merklin (Brouse McDowell) and Chair-Elect Grace Wakulchik (Akron Childrens’ Hospital) will lead this year’s virtual annual meeting of the Greater Akron Chamber.  They will reflect on the region’s resilience and the work ahead to drive economic recovery and growth in Greater Akron. This dialogue will also provide insights into the Chamber’s priorities and key initiatives for the coming year and present opportunities and calls to action for the business community to lead this work.

In addition, several additional business leaders will share their insights on the impact of both the pandemic and an increased urgency on addressing racial inequity for their businesses and our region.  Their panel discussion will address the role of leadership in that work, how they are leading responses from their companies and what they see ahead as critical areas of focus for themselves and other leaders in our community.  

This panel will lay the foundation for the GAC Leadership Dialogue series which will include four additional discussions among leaders regionally and nationally related to inclusion, the economy, the intersection of health and business and the shift in work and the workforce that we are seeing in response to the events of 2020.

Finally, we will honor and celebrate our 2020 H. Peter Burg Economic Development Leadership Award winner, Roger Read, for his leadership and contributions to the success of Greater Akron.

  • Timothy Burke, KeyBank
  • Dr. Cliff Deveny, Summa Health
  • Carey Jaros, GOJO
  • Tia Ramlow, Great Work Employment
  • Steven Strah, FirstEnergy
Moderator: Steve Millard, GAC

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2020 Greater Akron Chamber Annual Meeting and Leadership Dialogue