President & CEO of Akron Urban League Teresa LeGrair to Deliver Keynote Address for Virtual Goodwill Employee of Distinction Award Program

AKRON, Ohio — Aug. 24, 2020 — Goodwill Industries serving Summit, Portage, Medina, Ashland and Richland Counties is pleased to have Teresa LeGrair, President & CEO of the Akron Urban League, present the keynote address at its 19th Annual Employee of Distinction Award Program on Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020. For details on how to participate in the event visit

As President & CEO of the Akron Urban League, Teresa leads its mission to improve the quality of life of the citizens of Summit County, particularly African Americans, by advocating and facilitating programs that are economically and educationally transformational, impacting their lives and lives of future generations. 

Over the course of her career, Teresa has served the Akron community in many capacities, including: leadership roles at the Akron Community Foundation,  President & CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Western Reserve, Vice President of Programs and Member Services for the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank, Vice President of Operations at the Akron Urban League, and as Executive Director of Human Resources and Director of Guest Services for the National Inventors Hall of Fame. 

Prior to working for the past 25 years in the non-profit arena, she spent 16 years with Aetna Health Plans in various and progressive roles of responsibility.

Teresa holds her bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Malone University and is a graduate of Leadership Akron, Class XXIV.  Her current board and committee involvement include, Greater Akron Chamber’s Opportunity & Inclusion Committee, Commissioner on the Akron City Planning Commission, Akron Art Museum Board of Directors, ATHENA Akron Board Secretary, member of the Summa Cancer Institute Leadership Advisory Council and the Summa Healing Arts Leadership Advisory Council.  Prior board and community involvement include, ConxusNEO, Heart to Heart Communications Board of Directors, Junior Leadership Akron Co-Chair, N.E.X.T. Program Day Chair for Leadership Akron, UW Dorothy O. Jackson Leadership Society, Character Counts Board, United Way Basic Needs Council and Public Policy Committee and the LeBron James King for Kids Bike-a-Thon. She was the prior award recipient of the Akron Black Women’s Leadership Caucus Award, Akron Urban League’s Woman of Power Award, Moving Beyond Hope Mover and Shaker Award and a finalist for the ATHENA International Leadership Award.  She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. She has three adult sons and one granddaughter.

Virtual Employee of Distinction Award Program
The Employee of Distinction event is Goodwill’s signature employee recognition event.  This year, the program will recognize 46 honorees – all to be acknowledged at the event, listed in the commemorative program, and in the running to be named one of the top Employees of Distinction (chosen by a panel of independent judges).  In addition, all honorees will receive a commemorative gift.

Event Details
Date: Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020
Time:  11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Event Chairs: Chris Canova, executive director, Jobs for Ohio’s Graduates; Pamela Crombie, program manager, Jobs For Ohio’s Graduates; and Chrissy Myers, director & CEO, AUI.

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Event Sponsors

Thank you to the event sponsors – Platinum: AUI; and Synthomer Foundation; Silver: Britton Gallagher; Eric & Nan McClenaghan; PNC Financial Services Group; and W3 Wealth Management; Bronze: Avaap;Bober Markey Fedorovich; Brennan Manna Diamond; Campbell Construction Inc.; Fifth Third Bank; and Roetzel & Andress; Copper: S.A. Comunale Co., Inc.; Gold Program Partner: Jobs for Ohio’s Graduates; Diamond Patron: Jennifer & Justin Bako; David & Kathleen Bucci; Chuck & Debbie Ducey; Bill & Mary Glaeser; and Kimberly & Greg Morton; Gold Patron: Chip Clupper; and Paul & Kim Jackson; Patron: Brad Gilbo; and Mary Anne & C. Allen Nichols; Media: akronlife and WAKR/WONE/WQMX/WNWV.

About Goodwill Industries Serving Summit, Portage, Medina, Ashland & Richland Counties

The Goodwill Industries of Akron, Ohio, Inc., is a not-for-profit corporation that helps individuals prepare for, find and retain employment. Operating in the five-county region of Summit, Portage, Medina, Ashland & Richland, the agency was established in 1927. It is a private, independent organization, operating as an affiliate member of Goodwill Industries International. Goodwill helps to directly strengthen the region’s workforce through its employment programs and indirectly through the net proceeds from its retail outlets and business services division. For more information about GIA, visit or call 800-989-8428.    


Contact:    Jennifer Bako
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