Leadership Rochester was founded in 1990, as a not-for-profit, community leadership program dedicated to enhancing the quality of life in the greater Rochester area by:
- Identifying emerging and existing leaders.
- Educating and informing them about significant community issues.
- Developing their leadership skills and abilities for community benefit
- Providing opportunities to exercise one's leadership talents
- Creating a means to establish and maintain relationships with other leaders
Leadership Rochester identifies established and emerging leaders who represent the greater Rochester community, and immerses them in community issues with the goal of using this in depth knowledge to improve the Greater Rochester region.
Each years' recruitment begins in March and the class is selected in July with the opening retreat bringing the group together for the first time in September. Approximately 35-45 people are chosen per year from a selective application and interview process to participate in this nine-month program. Group participants immerse themselves in a topical community issue for one Friday per month. 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.