Leader Exchange


Personalized Leadership Development

The Buffalo Niagara Partnership’s Leader Exchange program is a unique, peer to peer, program designed for developing leaders who have an interest in honing their skills and learning how to navigate business and industry in Buffalo Niagara. The criteria to join includes:

  • A minimum of seven years of business, industry or professional experience
  • Must have at least one direct report
  • A commitment, on the part of management, in the candidates professional development

Advantages Over Other Programs


A 10-month program offered for only $1,250 – about 1/3 the cost of other professional development programs. The combination of confidentiality, convenience and a customized approach make Leader Exchange the best value for partnership members.

Members Only

This is an exclusive program designed for members of the Buffalo Niagara Partnership.


The program focuses on specific goals, objectives and challenges of today’s developing leaders.


You work with a group of professionals from diverse industries and backgrounds, selected to match your needs. Experienced facilitators customize the program to your group.


The program is designed to fit your schedule, meeting once a month, from 8:00 to 10:00am, in the comfort of Partnership offices or members place of business.


All Leadership Exchange members receive a complimentary assessment. This will serve as a guide to individuals plans.


What is the Leader Exchange Program?
The Buffalo Niagara Partnership’s Leader Exchange Program is a component of our Executive Exchange Program, designed as a unique peer-to-peer, leadership development program intended specifically for developing leaders. The Partnership developed Leader Exchange for professionals with a minimum of 7 years experience who want to hone their skills and learn how to navigate the business environment in Buffalo Niagara.
What makes the program different?
Leader Exchange is a members-only program and is professionally facilitated with complete confidentiality. Participants join a small group of emerging leaders from diverse industries and backgrounds. An experienced facilitator customizes the program to focus on specific group goals, objectives, and challenges.
How is the program structured?
The Leader Exchange group is comprised of 10 to 15 participants who meet once a month from 8:00 to 10:00am on a designated week day in the comfort of the Partnership offices. The group is formed specifically for the developing leaders attending and customized by the group facilitator based on their specific needs.
Who should join Leader Exchange?
New or developing leaders who are highly motivated and seek to grow as leaders and become more promotable within their company. Examples include Project Managers, Facilities Managers, IT Managers, Associates, Commercial Bankers, Brand Development Specialists, Development Directors, Supervisors, Managers, and Vice Presidents, to name a few.
What industries are represented?
A diverse range of participants sets Leader Exchange apart from other programs. Each applicant is hand placed into a group to ensure a diverse set of industry representatives.
What is the program cost?
The 10-month program (groups do not meet in July and August) is available to Partnership members for just $1,250, about one-third the cost of similar leadership programs. Participants can renew on a yearly basis.

Leader Exchange continues to grow in popularity and sessions fill up quickly.
Apply Today!
For more information, contact Program Manager, Rachael Herrmann | 716-541-1766.