The Leadership Buffalo Rising Leaders is a year-long program that runs from January through December each year. The program is designed for individuals from corporations, small/entrepreneurial businesses, civic and community organizations and non-profits who are up and coming in their careers. The program helps to prepare them to lead as they mature in their field.

Applications for 2020 are closed and will re-open in early 2020.


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.




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.




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.


Rising Leaders 2020 Day Session Schedule

January 8: Welcome Reception
January 17 - 18: Opening Retreat
February 12: Hunger and Poverty Day
March 18: Education Day
April 1: Half Day Training Session
April 22: Criminal Justice Day
May 6: Half Day Training Session
May 20: Combined Arts, Culture, Tourism, History Day
June 17: Diversity Day
July 22: Neighborhood/Transportation Day
August 19: Combined Economic Development Day
September 16: Ecology and Environment Day
October 21: Healthcare Day
November 20 - 21: Closing Retreat
December 9: Graduation


Applications for 2020 are closed and will re-open in early 2020.