Class Experience

The Leadership Buffalo Class Experience is a year-long program that runs from January through December each year. The program consists of monthly full-day sessions and two overnight retreats. The program is designed for individuals from corporations, small /entrepreneurial businesses, civic and community organizations and non-profits who are currently serving in a leadership role.

Applications are closed for 2021. 

2021 Day Session Schedule

January 7: Welcome Reception
January 20-21: Opening Retreat
February 10: Hunger and Poverty Day
March 17: Education Day
April 14: Criminal Justice Day
May 12: Tentative Arts, Culture, Tourism, History Day Session
May 19: Combined Arts, Culture, Tourism, History Day
June 16: Diversity and Inclusion Day
July 14: Neighborhood/Transportation Day
August 18: Combined Economic Development Day
August 25: Tentative Economic Development Day Session
September 15: Ecology and Environment Day
October 13: Healthcare  Day
November 19-20: Closing Retreat
December 8: Graduation

Exploring What Matters

Key issues and topics are explored throughout the program year providing an in-depth view of the critical issues facing our community. These are experienced by sharing hands-on experiences and networking with other leaders in the Buffalo Niagara community.

Such topics include Hunger and Poverty, Education, Criminal and Social Justice, Diversity, Arts and Culture, Neighborhood Discovery, Transportation, Economic Development, Ecology and Environment, and Health Care.

Tools to Make Change

Each participant will have the opportunity to create action by utilizing newly found knowledge.

Team projects are developed at the conclusion of the program year. Projects are sustainable providing continued support of the community and engagement with classmates.

Being a Better Leader

The program environment is a non-traditional form of learning. The city is our "classroom".

Throughout the year, personality assessments are conducted and participants work in teams to challenge and strengthen their leadership skills. The year focuses on Servant Leadership traits and relies on experiential learning.