Monday April 29, 2019

6:45 am Doors Open

6:45-7:15 am Breakfast Buffet

7:15-8:45 am Breakfast Program


John S. Knight Center
77 E. Mill Street
Akron, OH 44308

Driving Directions 


$50 Individual Ticket

$100 Patron Sponsor Ticket (includes 1 preferred seating ticket to the breakfast and recognition in the printed program and during the breakfast. Must be purchased by March 24th.)


Heart to Heart Communications
330-434-3278 ext. 0

Current Sponsors

  • Akron Beacon Journal
  • Akron Children’s Hospital
  • Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority
  • Akron/Summit Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • Akron Zoo
  • Ann Brennan in honor of David
  • Brennan Manna & Diamond
  • Buckingham, Doolittle & Burroughs, LLC
  • Cleveland Clinic Akron General 
  • CliftonLarsonAllen LLP
  • ComDoc
  • Good Place Holdings
  • Jumpstart Video Productions, Inc. 
  • Kastner Westman & Wilkins, LLC
  • Kent State University
  • Knight Foundation
  • KYOCERA SGS Precision Tools
  • Manuel Nemer and Family
  • The Maynard Family Foundation
  • NMG Aerospace
  • PAS Foundation
  • PrintDigital Inc.
  • Roetzel & Andress
  • Sikich
  • State and Federal Communications, Inc.
  • Summa Health
  • Summit County Department of Job and Family Services
  • Summit County Juvenile Court
  • United Way of Summit County
  • The University of Akron
  • Vorys Legal Counsel
  • Wells Trecaso Financial Group


       26th Annual Greater Akron         Speaks Out for Values Breakfast 

Everything that Matters...

Cannot be Measured

Join Heart to Heart Communications Monday April 29, 2019 to celebrate the 26th Annual Greater Akron Speaks Out for Values Breakfast with keynote speaker Billy Taylor, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company Director of Global Diversity and Inclusion.

The theme of the 26th Annual Breakfast is Everything that Matters...Cannot be Measured.  Billy is a dynamic sought after speaker both nationally and internationally, and we are honored to have him as our speaker. He will bring his passion for people and their development to his talk as he focuses on the importance of investing on the inside.

Join with over 600 other people from local businesses and organizations to show your commitment to leading with authenticity. You will have the opportunity to reflect on your values, be encouraged, and grow from the inside-out.

Don't miss out! Register today for your Individual or Patron Sponsor ticket or contact us about organizational sponsorship.

Billy Taylor is the Global Head of Diversity & Inclusion for The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. (GT), based in Akron, OH. In this role, he leads diversity and inclusion strategies across the 22 countries where Goodyear operates. Throughout his career with Goodyear, Billy has been a fierce advocate for equality and inclusion; he is passionate about building strong internal teams and productive community partnerships to create an environment where all have an opportunity to contribute at their highest level, enabling the Company to harness the vast untapped business opportunity in an increasingly diverse marketplace.


Since joining Goodyear in 1989, Billy has progressed through a series of critical leadership positions. He has served in Executive Operations positions and the Plant Director capacity in several union and non-union production facilities and has led Goodyear’s largest and most complex tire-production sites. His teams have earned numerous internal and external awards and recognition.

Billy is a disciple of continuous improvement processes, a certified Six Sigma Black Belt business leader, and has been featured in numerous industry publications. He is an energetic speaker who embraces people-driven processes built on inclusion and cultural competence to drive leadership excellence. He has been called upon by Association of the Manufacturing Excellence, Shingo (Nobel Prize of Operations), and The U.S. Army to serve as a keynote speaker to help their teams learn how to drive and sustain positive results by embracing culture and enabling employee ownership.

Active in the community, Billy serves on the executive board of Saint Vincent-Saint Mary High School in Akron. He is also a member of the executive advisory board of the Utah State University Jon M. Huntsman School of Business Shingo Prize Institute. He is also a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc.

He earned an MBA from Baker University, in Baldwin City, Kansas, and a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from Prairie View A&M University, in Prairie View, Texas. He and his wife Rachel have two children and live in the Akron area.

Notable Achievements and Recognition:

State of Oklahoma Governor’s Office and the Oklahoma Southeast Legislative Delegation – Citation of commendation for leadership and community service.

Shingo Prize for Operational Excellence – The world’s only Lean Manufacturing award program, awarded for leading the Goodyear plant in Lawton, Oklahoma, to excellence in Lean Manufacturing.

Freedom Fortress Coin – Rarely bestowed upon civilians, presented in recognition of strong leadership during the economic downturn by Lieutenant General David Valcourt, deputy commanding three-star general and chief of staff of the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command.