At Leadership Buffalo, our core values define who we are as an organization and as a whole. The Values Awards Luncheon is Leadership Buffalo's annual signature fundraising event honoring leaders in the community that embody one of LB's four core values; Service, Inclusion, Diversity and Openness To Change.

The 19th Annual Values Awards Luncheon will be held on Thursday, May 5th.  The event will be held at the Hyatt. You can purchase your tickets here

2022 Winners Announced! 

2022 Values Award Winners


Service - Pastor Kenneth Simmons (City of Buffalo) 


Diversity - Ekua Mends-Aidoo (Evergreen Health and Clementine Gold Group)


Inclusion - Michelle Urbanczyk (Explore & More) 


Openness to Change - Dr. Lorrie Clemo (D'Youville University)


Community Impact - 43North




  • Gives of time, talents for the greater good of the community
  • Individual and groups efforts lead to positive change
  • Selflessness drives motivation
  • Inspires others
  • Tackles tough social problems with effective, systemic solutions


  • Aware of personal biases and prejudices
  • Develops/supports/promotes positive relationships that cross real or perceived barriers (ethnic, racial, religious, economic, political, geographic etc.)
  • Personal practices exemplify an appreciation of diverse populations and perspectives
  • Understanding and valuing those human qualities that are different from our own and outside the groups to which we belong


  • Searches out multiple perspectives on issues and considers multiple stakeholder's interests
  • Promotes and encourages open discussion leading to balanced consideration of diverse perspectives
  • Has a proven track record for convening diverse groups or stakeholders
  • Champions the acknowledgement of diverse voices
  • Uses a systemic process that fully engages the passion, talent and intelligence of all involved in community decision-making

Openness to Change

  • Demonstrates and encourages a willingness to try alternative approaches to current practice
  • Takes risks personally and professionally that support service, inclusion, and diversity
  • Supports and employs nontraditional solutions while faced with significant opposition
  • Achieves effective resolution when working through resistance to change
  • Is not restrained by status quo, nor pursues change for the sake of change