Leadership Niagara recognized 38 regional leaders at a graduation ceremony at the Historic Riviera Theatre. Graduates successfully completed the organization's 12-month leadership development program.
"Thirty years ago, a group of visionaries created a plan for an organization they dreamed would have a great impact on WNY. Today, over 1,400 alumni, board members, class members, speakers and mentors have been able to take that visionary plan for Leadership Niagara and deliver a world-class and nationally award-winning leadership development program, which trains leaders to take on the work of transformation, innovation and inspiration." said Executive Director Molly Anderson.
The Class of 2014 is Leadership Niagara's largest and first binational class, with members from Canada, Pennsylvania and Buffalo, including:
The hour-long ceremony featured congratulatory remarks from Eddie Friel of Niagara Global Tourism Institute, chosen by the Class of 2014 as a top speaker.
"Leadership Niagara's Class of 2014 represents everything this organization and community aspires to be: diverse, binational, collaborative, intelligent, courageous and compassionate," Anderson said. "As the Niagara region heads toward a new era of possibility and opportunity, our graduates will be at the forefront."
Leadership Niagara participants complete a graduate-level program by partaking in seminars, retreats and daylong sessions. Throughout the program, participants engage with industry experts and discussions about economic development, tourism, workforce development, manufacturing, agribusiness, criminal justice, poverty, health care and education. Participants develop their understanding of leadership by studying and experiencing leadership concepts and principles, coaching and mentoring, change/transformation, creativity/innovation and organizational development.
Leadership Niagara is the longest-running community leadership development organization in New York. Since 1984, more than 1,400 participants have graduated from the program.
Leadership Niagara's mission is to strengthen regional leadership. For more information, visit www.leadershipniagara.org.