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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.  


What are the goals of the program?

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

To begin to develop an understanding of the economic, social and other challenges facing the Rochester community

To learn about the resources available to meet these challenges

To engage and cultivate civic leadership in those who represent a cross-section of business, industry, education, non-profit, and government organizations

To create an environment where class members forge a strong bond and learn to approach challenges creatively using their collective talents and experiences


How does the sponsoring organization benefit?

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 organization

Gives companies new insights into the challenges facing the Rochester community and how the organization may help

Strengthens a company’s involvement and participation in community affairs


How does the program benefit the community?

Develops a committed, knowledgeable group of people prepared to be leaders in the community

Instills a greater appreciation for the current and future challenges of the community

Encourages creative partnerships and initiatives between public & private sectors

Results in expanded community involvement by the participants


How does the participant benefit?

Increased awareness of one’s own individual leadership style

An unparalleled opportunity to network with community and corporate leaders

Enhancement of leadership and interpersonal skills

Greater understanding of the challenges facing the community

Opportunities to make a difference in the Rochester area

The value of diverse perspectives and experiences and the creativity that results

The ability to apply this broadened perspective to one’s daily job


Each years' 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 2018-2019

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Current & Past Sponsors

Current Sponsors

Excellus BlueCross BlueShield

Hillside Family of Agencies

Hillside Work Scholarship Connection

Innovative Solutions

Gallina Development 

Brickstone by St. Johns

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...