Release Date: September 10,2020

Leadership Akron Celebrates Read Family Difference Maker Award Recipients

Akron, OH (Sept. 10, 2020) Leadership Akron is thrilled to announce the recipients of its 2020 Read Family Difference Maker Award, the visionaries of the Diversity on Board program, Dr. Steve Ash, Roxia Boykin, Dr. Cynthia Capers, Robert DeJournett, Jim Mullen, Ethel Vinson, Bernett Williams, and John Williams.

The individuals honored this year were involved in the design of Diversity on Board, now in its fifth year. The objective of Diversity on Board is to provide leadership development, education, and board placement services to advance minority representation on nonprofit and public boards.

The honorees have also acted as coaches, coach-coordinators, speakers, and facilitators for the program. This group also plays a significant role in recruiting and selecting individuals who participate in the program. The success of Diversity on Board reflects the commitment and passion of these individuals.

“We believe that Greater Akron can only be a thriving community when every voice is welcomed, heard, valued, and treated with respect, and when the Boards of nonprofit organizations reflect the members of our community,” states Barry Dunaway, president of Leadership Akron. “We would highly encourage board chairs and leaders of nonprofit organizations, who want to demonstrate their commitment to making a positive impact on the racial inequities in our community, to consider graduates of the Diversity on Board program to fill open board positions.”

The Read Family Difference Maker Award, created in July 2017, honors the Read family, Roger, Judy and Scott, in recognition of their involvement in advancing the mission and work of Leadership Akron, promoting community leadership, and strengthening the Akron community's well-being. Each year, the award recognizes an individual or group of individuals whose efforts have been instrumental in expanding the scope or impact of Leadership Akron's mission and work.

For more information on Leadership Akron or its Diversity on Board program, please visit