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.


Key issues and topics are explored throughout the program year providing an in-depth view of the critical issues facing our community. Such topics include Hunger/Poverty, Education, Criminal and Social Justice, Diversity, Arts and Culture, Neighborhood Discovery, Economic Development and Health Care. These are experienced by sharing hands-on experiences and networking with other leaders in the Buffalo Niagara community.

Each participant will have the opportunity to create an action plan to utilize 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.

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.

"LB has been one of the best experiences of my life, both on a personal and professional level. I have found out so many things about Buffalo (good and bad), and even more so about myself. I have met some of the most interesting and diverse group of individuals who all have one common goal - making Buffalo better."
Nancy L. Cox, CPA (LB '14)
The Bonadio Group


Class Experience 2019 Day Session Schedule

January 9 - Welcome Reception
January 18 & 19 - Overnight Opening Retreat
February 6 - Hunger and Poverty Day Session
March 13 - Education Day Session
April 10 - Criminal Justice Day Session
May 15 - Arts, Culture, Tourism & History Day Session (Combined with Rising Leaders)
June 12 - Diversity Day Session
July 17 - Transportation and Neighborhood Discovery Day Session
August 14 - Economic Development Day Session (Combined with Rising Leaders)
September 11 - Healthcare Day Session
October 23 - Environment and Ecology Day Session (Combined with Rising Leaders)​​​​​​​
November 15 & 16 - Overnight Closing Retreat
December 4 - Graduation Ceremony



Applications for the 2019 class are closed.