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Adult Programs

Adult Program

Founded in 1991, Leadership Rochester has been serving the Greater Rochester community for more than a quarter century. The Leadership Rochester signature program is dedicated to creating and developing a legacy of leaders who will grow and serve the Greater Rochester region. The organization identifies established and emerging leaders who represent the greater Rochester community and educates them in community issues with the goal of using this in-depth knowledge to improve the Greater Rochester region. 


The goal of the Leadership Rochester program is to take business and organizational leaders above and beyond their organizations.  At Leadership Rochester we go beyond personal leadership development and prepare participants for community leadership in the Greater Rochester community.  Our goals are to:

·         To engage and cultivate civic leadership in those who represent a cross-section of business, 

           non-profit, education, and government organizations

·         To develop a better understanding of what it means to be a community leader

·         To develop a deeper understanding of economic and social challenges in the community.

·         To learn about assets and resources strengthening the community.

·         To create an environment where class members forge a strong bond and 

           learn to approach challenges creatively using their collective talents and experiences


Employer Benefits

·         Strengthens the organization’s connection and participation in community affairs

·         Develops employees with increased organizational, leadership and problem-solving skills

·         Gives companies new access to a network of community leaders and resources

·         Increases name recognition for the sponsoring employer organization

·         Gives companies new insights into the challenges and opportunities in the Rochester community and how the organization may strengthen their community.

Community Benefits

·       Develops a committed, knowledgeable group of people prepared to be effective community leaders

·       Results in expanded community involvement by the participants

·       Instills a greater appreciation for the current challenges and strengths of the community

·       Encourages creative partnerships and initiatives between public & private sectors

Participant Benefits

·       Increased awareness of one’s own individual leadership style

·       An unparalleled opportunity to network with community and corporate leaders

·       Opportunity to enhance one’s leadership and interpersonal skills

·       Greater understanding of the community

·       Opportunities to make a difference in the Rochester area

·       Exposes the value of diverse perspectives and experiences and the creativity that results

·       Ability to apply this broadened perspective to one’s daily personal and professional roles.

 Recruitment begins in March and the class is selected on a rolling basis April-July. Approximately 35-45 people are chosen per year from a selective application and interview process to participate in this nine-month program. The program begins with a 2-day opening retreat in September. Group participants then immerse themselves in a topical community issue for one Friday per month from October through May. Hands-on activities change monthly, as does the roster of relevant community leaders that offer their insights on a 360-degree view of the topic at hand. Topics range from education, health care, criminal justice to economic development. This is a tuition based program with limited scholarships available. For more information regarding the core program, see the fact sheet

Leadership Rochester Program Application 

Download Program Overview Guide

Applications are currently closed and will reopen in March 2019.  Applicants must be nominated and apply to be considered. Individuals may also self-nominate. For planning purposes,2018 tuition was $2950 (may be subject to change).  Leadership Rochester affirms its commitment to inclusion by providing need based scholarships on a limited basis. 

The 2018-2019 Program Dates

Retreat, September 13-14, 2018

Friday, October 12, 2018

Friday, November 16, 2018

Friday, December 14, 2018

Friday, January 11, 2019

Friday, February 8, 2019

Friday, March 8, 2019

Friday, April 5, 2019 (Normal April 12 date has been moved to accommodate Spring Break week for just announced for most school districts.)

Friday, May 10, 2019

Leadership Rochester adjust dates to the preceding Friday if the original date conflicts with a major holiday or major school break weeks.  School calendars are typically finalized by May.)  

Current & Past Sponsors

2017-2018 Program Sponsors

Excellus BlueCross BlueShield

Hillside Family of Agencies

Innovative Solutions

Gallina Development 

M&T Charitable Foundation

St. John's 

SUNY Brockport

Rochester Institute of Technology



Past Sponsors

City of Rochester
CypherWorx Inc.
Epilepsy Pralid Inc.
ESL Federal Credit Union
Monroe County Legislature
Monroe Community College
United Way 
University of Rochester and more...