professional development series

At Leadership Buffalo providing opportunities for professional development to our community is a priority. Find the 2023 schedule for professional development below, click the hyperlinks to register!

2023 Professional Development Series Schedule

February 6, 2023 @ 12pmIs a career in leadership/executive coaching right for me?- Marsha King, PhD

February 6, 2023 @ 6pmIs a career in leadership/executive coaching right for me?- Marsha King, PhD

February 13, 2023Rethinking time management - Marsha King, PhD

March 13, 2023: Active Listening - Marsha King, PhD

March 27, 2023: Success or Sabotage: How Our Thinking Patterns Impact Us? - Cassandra Mitchell

April 24, 2023: Leading in a multi-cultural work environment - Dorothy Siaw-Asamoah

May 8, 2023: Incorporating assesment into your coaching - Marsha King, PhD

May 22, 2023: Incorporating assesment into your coaching II - Marsha King, PhD

June 5, 2023: Creating a Coaching Culture: Helping leaders to become better coaches - Steve King 

July 17, 2023: Inclusive Leadership and Psychological Safety - Lawrence Brown

July 31, 2023: Overcoming Problems and Pitfalls in Coaching - Marsha King, PhD

August 14, 2023: Leading Change Through Difficult Times - Adam Orlon

August 28, 2023: High Impact Feedback - Kelly Ross

September 25, 2023Tools and Frameworks for Coaching and Developing Others - Marsha King, PhD

October 23, 2023: Leadership Burnout - TBD 

November 6, 2023: TBD


learn more about our facilitators:

 Marsha King, PhD

Dr. Marsha King is the President of Polaris Leadership Consulting where she provides coaching and development to senior leaders and their organizations. She also facilitates training, team building and is a popular speaker on topics related to developing leaders and enhancing cultures.


 Cassandra Mitchell

Cassandra Mitchell has over 30 years of experience in a range of services, from one-on-one executive coaching to Leadership, Team, and Organization Development for educational institutions, healthcare, financial services, manufacturing, and CPG.


 Dorothy Siaw-Asamoah, PhD

Dr. Dorothy Siaw-Asamoah is a clinical associate professor in the Organization and Human Resource Department at the University at Buffalo School of Management. As the inaugural faculty director of Global Programs since 2018, Dorothy designs and implements high-impact programs that develop students’ global and diversity mindset while preparing them for an increasingly intercultural work force.


 Lawrence Brown

Lawrence Brown is a multifaceted thought leader, speaker and coach. He is the CEO of We Coach Executives, LLC and We Coach Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. As a certified executive and diversity coach, Lawrence has worked with Fortune 500, small businesses, higher education, and nonprofit clients such as the University of Chicago and the Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement. While Lawrence’s experience is varied, the recurring theme in the work that he does is leadership development and service to others.


 Steve King, PhD

Dr. Steve King is currently Vice President, Associate Experience Network (aka Human Resources) at Rich Products Corporation in Buffalo, New York. He leads the Rich Talent Center and is responsible for talent acquisition and new associate onboarding, integrated talent management (performance management, talent planning and succession) and learning & leadership development. He has been with Rich’s since 2018.


  Adam Orlon

Adam Orlan focuses his talents and energy where he is most passionate – enabling individuals, leaders, teams, and organizations to maximize their potential. Adam helps his clients unlock value by identifying and embracing new possibilities to leap to the next level of impact and performance. Adam practices Ontological coaching, which focuses on attuning mind, body, and emotions. When all three are aligned, meaningful and sustained change becomes possible. His coaching style starts from a position of curiosity, interest, and respect, focusing on the client’s concerns and goals.


 Kelly Ross

Kelly is a leadership coach, learning and talent strategist and facilitator with global experience. Kelly’s work is in leadership development and talent management – the people side of business. She works with individuals in one-on-one coaching engagements, with teams to clarify goals and increase effectiveness, and with organizations to build and implement learning strategies. Kelly brings experience working in more than 25 countries, with individuals and organizations across industries and sectors, and nearly a decade of experience at McKinsey & Company.