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Tony Gorant Community Leadership Institute, Cleveland Clinic Akron General

The Tony Gorant Community Leadership Institute Keeping a Memory Alive by Educating Caregivers About Their Community Legend has it that Tony Gorant would say: “Giving back is better than sitting back.” He never lived to know the extent to which his wife, Toby, would take that philosophy to heart. Tony Gorant worked for Ohio Edison […]

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Nancy and Vincent DiGirolamo

Nancy and Vincent DiGirolamo Thankful Couple Honors Caregivers by Establishing a Legacy Nancy and Vincent DiGirolamo are longtime benefactors of Summa Health. As a retired president, chairman and CEO of National City Bank, and vice chairman of National City Corporation, Vincent served on Summa Health boards for many years and was also chair of the […]

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EXL Center, University of Akron

The EXL Center, The University of Akron Connecting Student Leaders with the Community The EXL Center at The University of Akron (UA) was created in 2015 to produce leaders by “supporting innovations in teaching and learning that are hands-on, team-based and engaged with the community,” says current co-director Carolyn Behrman, Ph.D., an anthropology professor at […]

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AHMA, Reach Community Center

Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority, Reach Opportunity Center Empowering a Neighborhood When discussing philanthropy, we usually think of powerful people doing good things in a community. But sometimes a community can discover its own power in a place. One visit to the Reach Opportunity Center in Akron’s Summit Lake area provides evidence enough. The laughter of […]

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Elizabeth Bartz

Elizabeth Bartz, State and Federal Communications Success That Means Giving Back When Elizabeth Bartz was hired in 1983 at State and Federal Associates in Washington, D.C. (founded in 1976), she had no idea that she would eventually own her own business. “In 1993, I bought out my department, State and Federal Communications, from State and […]

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William Steere

William Steere, Steere Enterprises Balancing business and Philanthropy for Three Generations In 1984, Bill Steere was named president and CEO of Steere Enterprises, a plastics manufacturing company his father founded in 1949. He is still involved in the business, but his current priorities are to mentor his sons, Brian and Brock Steere, to successfully transition […]

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Norma Rist

Norma Rist Leading by Example Norma Rist faced plenty of sexism throughout her career, and she has the photo to prove it. In a mid-1980s shot, Rist stands outside a brick building with 50 or so of her fellow executives from Pepsi and General Cinema. It takes a second of scanning faces to realize that […]

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Ilene Shapiro

Ilene Shapiro, Summit County Executive Putting A Work Ethic Into Action Ilene Shapiro leads her life with ambition and motivation few people have. When asked where she finds this drive, she says: “I was raised by a single mom. She had three jobs. I learned then that bad things can happen to good people. It’s […]

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