Monday, August 17, 2020 at 7:30 a.m.


This is an online event. 


$50 Individual Ticket 

Organizational Sponsorships are available. Click the link here to find out more information. 


Heart to Heart Communications

Current Sponsors

  • Akron Beacon Journal
  • Akron Children’s Hospital
  • Akron Summit Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • Akron Zoo
  • Ann Brennan in honor of David
  • Brennan Manna & Diamond
  • Buckingham, Doolittle & Burroughs, LLC
  • CliftonLarsonAllen LLP
  • ComDoc
  • Family of Manuel and Colette Nemer
  • Good Place Holdings
  • Greater Akron Chamber
  • Jesse Hurst, CFP Impel Wealth Management
  • Jumpstart Video Productions, Inc.
  • J.W. Didado Electric, LLC
  • Kent State University
  • Kyocera SGS Precision Tools
  • NMG Aerospace
  • PAS Foundation
  • PrintDigital Inc.
  • The Maynard Family Foundation
  • The University of Akron
  • SACS Consulting and Investigative Services, Inc.
  • State and Federal Communications, Inc.
  • Summa Health
  • Summit County Juvenile Court
  • United Way of Summit County
  • Wells Trecaso Financial Group


       27th Annual Greater Akron Speaks Out for Values Virtual Breakfast 

A Mission Driven Life:

Servant Leadership and Saving the World


Important Update: 

The 27th Annual Heart to Heart Greater Akron Speaks Out For Values Breakfast is going virtual!
Please keep your calendar marked for Monday, August 17th.
We are working with all of our partners to ensure an experience that aligns with what you've come to expect from our annual event - an uplifting message from our guest speaker (Doug Piekarz from the Akron Zoo), an opportunity for personal reflection and development, an update on Heart to Heart's growing impact in the community, a special musical performance, and, of course, Larry's "Word of the Day"!
Keep an eye out for more information in the coming weeks. If you have already purchased a sponsorship or ticket, it will automatically be honored for the virtual breakfast. 


Join Heart to Heart Communications to celebrate the 27th Annual Greater Akron Speaks Out for Values Breakfast with keynote speaker Doug Piekarz, President and CEO of the Akron Zoo.

The theme of the 27th Annual Breakfast is A Mission Driven Life: Servant Leadership and Saving the World.  Doug will bring his passion for service to his talk as he focuses on the importance of being mission driven to lead and inspire others to be at their very best.

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.


Doug holds a Bachelor's Degree in Animal Science from Rutgers University and a Master's Degree in Biology, Ecology and Evolution from Montclair State University.  He has worked in the Zoo field for over 30 years, spending the first decade of his career at the Bronx Zoo in New York, and the last 22 years at the Akron Zoo.  Doug has worked as a part of international conservation efforts in Venezuela, Brazil, and Spain focused on waterbird conservation, and has locally and nationally focused on growing awareness of sustainability and green practices as a means for everyone to participate in the conservation of wildlife and wild places.  He serves as an instructor & course administrator for the Association of Zoo and Aquariums' (AZA) professional development school and has served as an Adjunct Professor in the graduate program in zoo management through George Mason University.  He has also served as a mentor in AZA’s highly competitive Executive Leadership Development Program over the past five years.

Doug has held several executive positions at the Akron Zoo over the years, and has served other professional and community organizations including the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, the Summit of Sustainability Committee, World Wide Marriage Encounter, ArtsNow, Shift Akron, the Center for Applied Drama and Autism, and Leadership Akron’s Parks and Environment Committee.

Doug became the second President & CEO of the Akron Zoo on January 1, 2015.