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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. 


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

·       Opportunities to make a difference and strengthen our community.       

·       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 40-45 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 program guide.

2019-2020 Program Dates

Thursday/Friday September 12-13, 2019   Fall Retreat (Mandatory)

Friday, October 4, 2019

Friday, November 8, 2019

Friday, December 13, 2019

Friday, January 10, 2020

Friday, February 7, 2020

Thursday/Friday March 12-13, 2020

Friday, April 17, 2020

Friday, May 8, 2020

Additional Leadership Rochester Experiences

In addition to the above dates, class members have access to multiple outside educational and networking opportunities during their program experience that can greatly enhance the overall impact of the program.  These events are optional, and participants can choose what works for their calendar.  However, participants are expected to find time to attend at least three opportunities. These include such things as court visits, meetings with local officials, class team meetings, class service events, community networking events, etc.


Applications are closed for the 2020 cohort.  Nominations are accepted year-round. Applications open annually April through May. Candidate interviews are held in June.   

Download Program Overview Guide

Questions or nominations may be directed to Nominate@LeadershipRochester.org


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...