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Transforming Tomorrow’s Leaders Today: Inside WNY’s Leader Exchange Program

The Partnership

December 1, 2023

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What has your organization done lately to nurture top talent… foster loyalty… boost employee confidence… or plan for future leadership?

In a move to bolster leadership skills within the regional business community, the Buffalo Niagara Partnership has introduced an improved Leader Exchange Program, a comprehensive professional development program designed to cultivate the next generation of leaders. Now professionally led by Courtney Walsh, a facilitator with 20+ years of experience, Leader Exchange offers a unique and transformative approach to professional development.

Here’s what makes Leader Exchange different than any other leadership program in Western New York.

Not just another leadership program.

In today's business climate, professional development is not just a perk; it's a necessity. According to Business News Daily, offering professional development opportunities is key to reducing potential turnover. It boosts employee confidence, satisfaction, and performance, leading to a more productive and motivated workforce. With its practical curriculum, experienced facilitator, and focus on real-world application, the Leader Exchange Program sets a new standard in professional development. It’s not just another leadership development program – it's a year-long journey of growth and discovery, meticulously designed for future leaders with key leadership competencies at the core of the program curriculum. Sessions are not just theoretical but are grounded in real-world application, making them immediately beneficial for participants and your organization.

For leaders, by leaders.

The Leader Exchange Program is facilitated by seasoned professionals who bring a wealth of experience in leadership development and marketing strategy. The BNP recently appointed Courtney Walsh as the program’s lead facilitator and she brings a unique and transformative approach to professional development.

Courtney has extensive experience in business and individual coaching, offering insights drawn from real-life scenarios. Her background, including her role in developing custom corporate training at the University at Buffalo School of Management and her experience in various strategic roles, adds an unmatched layer of practicality and relevance to the program.

An investment in your future.

Leader Exchange participants gain new leadership skills, knowledge from both facilitators and peers, and invaluable networking opportunities. Topics covered in past sessions include Understanding Your Role as a Leader, Leveraging DiSC to Communicate More Effectively, Building Trust & Credibility, and Improving Emotional Intelligence Through Self-Awareness. The Leader Exchange Program represents an opportunity to invest in your employees' growth and, by extension, the future success of your organization.

It is cost-effective.

Priced at $2,500, the Leader Exchange Program is positioned as one of the most cost-effective professional development programs in Western New York. This pricing strategy makes the program accessible to a broader range of businesses, from small enterprises to large corporations.

Take it from your peers.

The program has garnered positive feedback from participants. Chris George from Wendel said the program has equipped him with essential skills to lead and influence his teams effectively. Kevin Nephew, President and CEO at Seneca Gaming Corporation, highlighted the program's role in accelerating leadership growth and providing a platform to learn from diverse perspectives.

Hear more from Kevin about the program:

Kevin Nephew, President and CEO of Seneca Gaming Corporation

Join the Exchange.

The Leader Exchange Program transforms mid-level managers into the next team of senior leaders. Under the leadership of experienced industry professionals, participants sharpen vital skills necessary for meeting organizational objectives. The ultimate goal? To cultivate a team of capable leaders ready to steer the business towards sustained success.

Who qualifies? Participants must have:

1.     a minimum of seven years of business, industry, or professional experience

2.     at least one direct report

3.     a commitment, on the part of management, to the candidate’s professional development

Don't miss this opportunity to transform your team's leadership trajectory. Apply today and join a network of forward-thinking businesses.

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