Bernett Williams

Bernett Williams

Vice President, External Affairs

Bernett Williams joined Akron Children’s in 2011. She is responsible for leading the hospital’s community partnerships and collaborations as well as government relations and community benefit strategies. Bernett has spent her career in leadership roles at public service organizations. Previously, she served as president and CEO of the Akron Urban League. Among her many achievements, she is credited with:

Undergraduate School

BA in Rhetoric and Communications: Kent State University, Kent, OH

Graduate School

Master of Public Administration: University of Akron, Akron, OH


Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc.
Leadership Akron Board
United Way of Summit County Board
FirstMerit Advisory Board
Greater Akron Chamber Board


Crain’s Cleveland Business Magazine 40 under 40 Club
Kaleidoscope Magazine 40/40
YWCA Women of Achievement Award
Ohio Black Women’s Leadership Caucus Incredible Women Making a Difference Award
Minority Transportation Officials’ Outstanding Community Service Award
STAR Award from the Women of Color Foundation (2010)
Inductee of Ohio Women’s Hall of Fame in Columbus, OH (2009)
Whitney M. Young, Jr., Leadership Award for Advancing Racial Equality by the National Urban League (2008)
Rainmaker Award from Northern Ohio Live (2006)
Harold K. Stubs Humanitarian Award (2002)
Kent State University Community Service Award (2001)

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