How the Partnership helps regional employers develop leaders

Workforce and talent development are a priority for the Buffalo Niagara Partnership. As Dottie Gallagher, our President & CEO said when we released our 2018-2019 Annual Report to Members: “There is no denying that workforce development is truly job number one.” To that end, the Partnership offers two programs devoted to helping regional employers develop leaders: Leader Exchange and Executive Exchange. And with meetings starting again in September, now is the perfect time to get involved.

Both are facilitated, peer-to-peer leadership development groups, but they serve different needs:

  • Intended for developing leaders with seven years of experience and at least one direct report, Leader Exchange groups offer hands-on learning opportunities using models, techniques, and expert coaching on how to navigate daily challenges and opportunities.
  • Executive Exchange provides high-level, seasoned executives with access to an expert facilitator and the confidentiality they need to discuss the responsibilities, challenges, and opportunities that accompany their position.

Here are five reasons why employers should consider Leader Exchange or Executive Exchange as leadership development tools:

  1. The Right Time. Leader and Executive Exchange groups meet once a month, from September to June. Meetings run from 8 to 10 a.m.—the perfect length to squeeze into a busy schedule and still allow leaders the time needed to focus on their development.
  2. Meet Your Needs. Developing leaders have different needs than seasoned leaders—and vice versa. Leader Exchange and Executive Exchange groups meet participants where they are on their development track and provide the setting and expertise they need to overcome obstacles, make connections, and advance their organization.
  3. Small, Personalized Groups. Groups are limited to just 15 participants to allow for productive discussion. There are currently two Leader Exchange groups and three Executive Exchange groups.
  4. Confidential and Industry Exclusive. Each Leader Exchange and Executive Exchange group guarantees both industry exclusivity and complete confidentiality. Participants and facilitators are asked to complete a non-disclosure agreement, giving participants the freedom to discuss challenges openly as they work on their development.
  5. Access to Experts. Executive Exchange groups are led and facilitated by Mike Cardus, Anne Moretti, and Jessica Schimert, while Leader Exchange groups are facilitated by Pamela Szalay and Sesha Yalamanchili. Learn more about our facilitators here. Participants have direct access to these experts, who direct content and conversation around the group’s needs and wants.

Leadership development isn’t a one-time, one-size-fits-all endeavor—and it doesn’t come with a timeline. Leaders are developed and influenced by relationships and experiences throughout their personal and professional lives. As technology continues to impact the world, the pace of change quickens and new generations enter and exit the workforce. Devoting time and resources to ongoing leadership training is essential.

For employers looking to nurture up-and-coming or seasoned leaders, Leader Exchange and Executive Exchange are excellent tools that offer the time, confidentiality, and expertise needed to help your leaders take their skills to the next level.

For more information on Leader Exchange or Executive Exchange, contact Rachael Herrmann.


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