Leadershp Greater Rochester
Engage. Connect. Grow.
LEADERSHIP GREATER ROCHESTER is a ten-month, immersive leadership development program offered by the Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce. The program’s mission is to develop and advance leaders through participation in personal, professional, and community activities designed to encourage individual responsibility for taking an active leadership role in the future vitality of the Greater Rochester area. Leadership Greater Rochester welcomes participants from various industries and organizations to take part in eleven educational sessions over the course of the program:
- LEARN - Activating Leaders: LGR Orientation
- ENGAGE - Leadership Retreat
- DISCOVER - Exploring Our Economic Ecosystem
- DEVELOP - Workforce & Talent
- CREATE - Community Impact Proposals
- EXPLORE - Humanities in Our Community
- TRANSFORM - Building a Sustainable Community
- ADVOCATE - Engaging with Local Government
- INVESTIGATE - Experiencing Public Safety
- ADVANCE - Launching Leaders: LGR Graduation
By the end of the program, Leadership Greater Rochester participants will be able to:
Apply personal strengths to build leadership capabilities and capacity.
Build and leverage relationships to enhance access to more professional resources.
Assess, understand, and respond effectively to a community need.
Benefits to Program Participation
LGR PROGRAM BENEFITS
Through 80 true class hours and approximately 60 additional hours in project time, LGR provides:
- Sessions conducted and facilitated by local experts and community leaders
- Access to LGR alumni eager to connect participants to their expertise, network, and community involvement
- Personal Development Planning
- Requirement to attend a local organization board meeting and complete a Board Observation Report
- Clifton Strengths coaching by Flourish Consulting
- Attendance of Chamber of Commerce networking events to grow professional role in the community
- Both overnight and single day retreats to Camp Victory
- Collaborative leadership development through Community Impact Project process.
LGR Alumni Say...
LGR ALUMNI TESTIMONIALS
“Leadership Greater Rochester has been the most impactful experience not only for my career, but also for my personal life. It enlightened me to the needs and the opportunities in our community for people to be actively engaged, and gave me a resource to do so. It also provided the opportunity to connect with other professionals in the Rochester area and form professional relationships, as well as personal friendships. Lastly, through LGR I gained a comprehensive definition of leadership, learned the traits of a good leader, and learned more about myself in a leadership role.”
-Alyssa Fordham-Vagt, LGR Class of 2016
“My expectations going into LGR were very high, but I could not have imagined how amazing it would be. In what other development endeavor can you meet with community and legislative leaders, climb a fire ladder, and visit a dairy farm, the state capitol, and a water reclamation plant, all while exploring your own personal development and role as a community leader! Leadership Greater Rochester provided such an incredible opportunity to build personal and professional connections and develop a deep and meaningful understanding of our community and my place in it.”
-Alaine Westra, Mayo Clinic, LGR Class of 2010
“Through unique and thought-provoking experiences, Leadership Greater Rochester offers its members a tremendous opportunity to learn more about themselves, others, and their community. As someone who was new to Rochester, LGR was a fantastic networking opportunity, as well as a chance to experience first-hand what makes Rochester and this region a phenomenal place to live, work, and play.”
-Nate Stoltman, Rochester Community and Technical College, LGR Class of 2016
“LGR helped me refocus some of my goals and empowered me to improve my environment at work. It also made me aware of so many more opportunities to connect to my community on a professional level and on a personal level. I better understand my thought process and communication preferences, which has helped me to communicate more effectively with my colleagues.” - LGR Class of 2013 Alum
“Just being in the same room with so many leaders brings a different perspective to your own leadership qualities and characteristics.” - LGR Class of 2014 Alum
“The experience was frustrating, amazing, eye opening, unpredictable, and one of the best things I have done!” - LGR Class of 2017 Alum
2019-2020 APPLICATION CYCLE
May 3, 2019
June 10 - 21
$1,850 for Chamber Members
$2,300 for Non-members
Tuition Due Date
Tuition will be billed upon acceptance into the program.
The Rochester Chamber Area of Commerce is able to provide partial tuition scholarships based off of demonstrable need. If interested, please fill out this form.
11 sessions over 10 months
35 community leaders per cohort
950+ alumni across 32 years
15 Community Impact Projects
More than 40 alumni volunteers
1700 alumni volunteer hours given back annually
"HOW YOU SEE YOUR COMMUNITY AND YOUR PLACE IN IT SHIFTS. THE EXPERIENCE WAS INVALUABLE."
For more information about Leadership Greater Rochester, please contact Workforce Development Manager, Sam Gill, or call (507) 424-5687.