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